Volunteers work to calculate the number of homeless people in Jacksonville

JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Dozens of volunteers canvassed downtown Jacksonville Wednesday morning to survey the homeless population.

Changing Homelessness conducted the annual, nationwide census mandated by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. The survey gives agencies a better idea of how to address the needs of the homeless community.

“I think it gives Jacksonville an idea of how many people we have living on the street and what resources we need to make available,” said Kristina Faucett, volunteer.

In 2019, volunteers counted more than 11,600 people experiencing homelessness in Northeast Florida. That’s down 32% from a decade ago.

The count included the homeless population in Duval, Clay and Nassau counties. Volunteers did that by surveying those in shelters and living on the streets.

“We saw a lot of people, way more people than we anticipated sleeping out considering how cold it is," said longtime volunteer Shawn Liu.

The Point in Time count goes throughout the day on Wednesday, but time frames will depend on county and location.

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