Facts and Figures

Homelessness in Palm Beach County
 
According to the 2017 homeless Point-in-Time Count:
  • 1,607 individuals and families are homeless on any given day in Palm Beach County.
  • 11.5% increase in homeless individuals from 2015 
  • 57% of homeless were in families
  • 13% of homeless were 18 to 24 years old
  • West Palm Beach has the largest homeless population in Palm Beach County
 
Statistics on Student/Youth Homelessness in PBC
  • 4295  students were identified as homeless within the Palm Beach County School District in May 2017.
  • Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation.
  • The average age of a homeless child in Palm Beach County is 7 
 
Youth Homelessness, Nationally
 
Almost 2.5 million youth, under the age of 18, experience homelessness in America each year. This historic high represents one in every 30 children in the U.S.
 
Florida ranks 33 out of 50 for how we address child homelessness.
 
Major causes of child homelessness in the U.S. include:
  • Poverty rate;
  • Lack of affordable housing 
  • Racial disparities;
  • Challenges of single parenting 
  • Traumatic experiences: ie. domestic violence, child abuse 
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Un-Affordable Housing
 
There is a shortage of affordable housing across the United States. There are more than 11.4 million extremely low income renter households in the U.S. however, there are only 35 affordable homes available for every 100 of these renters. In Florida, there are even fewer available units with 27 affordable units for every 100 extremely low income renters.
  • At $8.10 per hour, a minimum wage worker would need to work 104 hours a week to afford a 1BR apartment in Palm Beach County
  • The average two-bedroom apartment rents for $1,370 in Palm Beach County
  • A one bedroom apartment rents for $1,093 
 
 
 
*Source: 2017 National Low Income Housing Coalition 
 
 
 
Sub-population Spotlight : Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and transgender
 
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) individuals face a particular set of challenges, both in becoming homeless as well as when they are trying to avoid homelessness. 
 
Frequently, homeless LGBT persons have great difficulty finding shelters that accept and respect them. LGBT individuals experiencing homelessness are often at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared with their heterosexual peers. Transgender people are particularly at physical risk due to a lack of acceptance.
  • 40% of the homeless youth served by agencies identify as LGBT [Williams Institute, 2012]
  • 43% of clients served by drop-in centers identified as LGBT
  • 30% of street outreach clients identified as LGBT
  • 30% of clients utilizing housing programs identified as LGBT

Spotlights

Success Stories

Events

Lewis Luncheon 2017 

 
 
 
 

Just The Facts

Minimum Wage Doesn't Pay the Rent in Palm Beach County
 
 
The School District of Palm Beach County Reports
4,295 students are homeless.
 
 

Volunteer Spotlight

Rebecca Rosen: Young Advocate 
 
 

Current Needs

  • Travel sized toiletries
  • Full sized toiletries (for adults & children)
  • School Supplies (New items)
  • School uniforms (Boys & Girls)

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