Facts and Figures

Homelessness in Palm Beach County
According to the Point-In-Time Count 2019:
Statistics on Student/Youth Homelessness in PBC
  • 4405  students were identified as homeless within the Palm Beach County School District in May 2019
  • Palm Beach County ranks #2 in Florida for children living in spaces not designed for human habitation
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 is experiencing homelessness
Florida has the second highest number of unsheltered homeless (8% or 15,079).
Major causes of child homelessness in the U.S. include:
  • Poverty rate
  • Lack of affordable housing 
  • Racial disparities
  • Challenges of single parenting 
  • Traumatic experiences: i.e domestic violence, child abuse 
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 $8.46 per hour, a minimum wage worker would need to work 87 hours a week to afford a 1BR apartment in Palm Beach County
  • The average two-bedroom apartment rents for $1,189 a month in Palm Beach County 
  • A one bedroom apartment rents for $957 
*Source: 2019 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 at a heightened risk of violence, abuse, and exploitation compared to their heterosexual peers. Transgender peersons 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-incenters identified as LGBT
  • 30% of street outreach clients identified as LGBT
  • 30% of clients utilizing housing programs identified as LGBT


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Just The Facts

Minimum Wage Doesn't Pay the Rent in Palm Beach County
The School District of Palm Beach County Reports
4,414 students are homeless.

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