Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry

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Office Address:
Jim Wright, Director
Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry
703 NE 1st Street
PO Box 5494
Gainesville, FL 32627-5494

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Phone: (352) 378-0460
Fax: (352) 373-4097

Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry

Facts About Homelessness in Alachua

  1. There are over 1,300 men, women and children in Alachua who face any given night without a home. Just over one third (500+) are children under the age of 18.
  2. Only one in ten homeless people are chronically homeless. For the majority, it is a temporary situation usually refereed to as “transitional homelessness.” Six out of ten have been homeless for less than a year.
  3. Alachua County Jail houses more homeless individuals on any given night than any other single institution.
  4. Although the majority of homeless people are men, one in four homeless women is homeless because of domestic violence.
  5. Men who are homeless are more likely than women or children to report staying overnight in the woods or on the street.
  6. One in three homeless people have some form of employment, ranging from full-time work to contract work.
  7. Homelessness in Gainesville is due to: unemployment (30%), underemployment, addiction, mental illness, domestic violence, medical problems, divorce, separation or release from an institution with nowhere to go. 
  8. There are only 350 beds for homeless individuals available on any given night, leaving 650 people (including children) without a place to sleep.
  9. One in five homeless persons were born and raised in this area. One in three has lived here for more than 10 years.
  10. Just over half the homeless in our area have spent more than a year without permanent housing.
  11. Four out of ten homeless in Alachua County served in the U.S. Military.
  12. One in four homeless individuals suffer from some form of mental illness, including depression.
  13. One in four homeless individuals have a physical disability.
  14. Four percent of arrests in Alachua County are of homeless individuals.
  15. Homelessness is not just a burden for the homeless. Taxpayers bear the cost of last ditch solutions such as nights in jail.
  16. 200 local volunteers and professionals from all walks of life contributed to the 10 year plan to end homelessness.
  17. Alachua County and Gainesville are one of only 200 cities nationwide to develop a 10 year plan to end homelessness.

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