2017 Census Comparison Report
Annual Homeless Count Estimates 2,785 Homeless in Lee County
The Lee County Homeless Coalition is an advocacy group made up of community and faith-based service providers, local businesses, people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, and other advocates committed to ending homelessness. Once per year the Coalition, with the help of many volunteers, conducts a Point in Time (PIT) census to count the homeless and provide data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The PIT count is also used to gather information that allows local service providers to target services to meet the specific needs of the homeless in our communities.
The PIT count, which asked people where they slept the night of January 21, 2017, included both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families. The PIT count was able to document 431 homeless persons, of which 65 (15.08%) were considered to be chronically homeless. HUD defines chronic homelessness as “an unaccompanied adult homeless individual with a disabling condition who has either continuously been homeless for a year or more or has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years, where the combined occasions total a length of time of at least 12 months.” Among the 431 persons surveyed, 35.50% percent reported having a disabling condition. Also among the 431 were 38 families with 70 children. Veterans made up for 3.25% percent of those surveyed. Data obtained through the Lee County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and PIT count found that during the course of the year, there are an estimated 2,785 homeless individuals within Lee County.
Although there has been an overall decrease in the number of homeless individuals surveyed during our PIT count, there is an increase in our estimated number of homeless individuals within Lee County. This is due to the fact more homeless individuals have been served in programs throughout the year. The success of our programs led to a decrease in the PIT figure.
The Lee County Homeless Coalition would like to extend a special thank you to the volunteers that assisted with this year’s PIT count.
The Lee County Homeless Coalition invites sponsors and players to “Drive Out Homelessness” at the Coalition’s 8th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Colonial Golf & Country Club on June 10, 2017. Shotgun start at 8:30 am. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Lee County Homeless Coalition.
Teams of four can play for $400 and individual players for $100. Registration includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, light breakfast and coffee, drink ticket and lunch. The tournament features numerous prizes and contests, including First, Second & Third place winners, 50/50 raffle, longest drive, hole-in-one and closest to the pin. Space is limited.
Sponsorship opportunities offering signage on the course, complimentary player registrations and recognition at the awards luncheon range from $2,500 to $250.
Register to Golf or Sponsor Today!
The Dean Blietz Service Memorial Award is given annually to an exceptional individual who has demonstrated long-term, selfless dedication and compassion in the care or service to our community.
We were honored to present this award to Ron Jacoby. Congratulations Ron! The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida nominated Ron Jacoby for the Dean Blietz Annual Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service. Ron has been a loyal food bank volunteer for several years. He is always ready to help collect and sort food for children, seniors, working poor families and other clients who receive help through the food bank’s partner agencies and mobile pantry program. In the his five years of service to the food bank, Ron has donated more than 800 hours of his time in the belief that no one should go hungry our community.
When he isn’t helping at the food bank, Ron volunteers at Community Cooperative and at his church, Christ United Methodist Church. Simply put, Ron embodies the importance of helping others, not only through his work at the Harry Chapin Food Bank, but through his efforts at other worthy community organizations. His service clearly shows that is deserving of the Dean Blietz Annual Memorial Award. Thank you for your time and consideration.