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 count
- West Palm Beach has the largest homeless population in Palm Beach County
Statistics on Student/Youth Homelessness in PBC
- 3,777 students were identified as homeless within the Palm Beach County School District in March 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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- 42% of Palm Beach County residents make less than $32,650 a year.
- At $8.10 per hour, a minimum wage worker, working full time can afford to pay $418.59 in rent monthly.
- The average two-bedroom apartment rents for $1,370
- A one bedroom apartment rents for $1,093
- More than 150,000 Palm Beach County residents are considered cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing. For many others housing exceeds 50% of their income.
*Source: Fair Market Rental Information for Fiscal Year 2017
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