2019 Census Comparison Report
ANNUAL HOMELESS COUNT ESTIMATES 2,714 HOMELESS IN LEE COUNTY
The Lee County Homeless Coalition is an advocacy group made up of individual stakeholders and agencies who are engaged to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief, and one-time. The Coalition represents the Continuum of Care, a local planning body that coordinates housing and human services funding for homeless families and individuals. 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. Download and read the full report here.
The PIT count, which asked people where they slept the night of January 21, 2020, included both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals and families. The PIT count documented 444 homeless persons, of whom ninety-three (20.94%) were chronically homeless according to the HUD definition. 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.” Among the 444 persons surveyed, 39.41% percent reported having a disabling condition. Also, among the 444 were thirty-four families with seventy-six children. Veterans made up 3.82% percent of those surveyed. Data obtained through the Lee County Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and PIT count found that during the year, there were an estimated 2,714 people experiencing homelessness in Lee County.
Housing and service programs for the homeless are provided in part through Continuum of Care funds from HUD. The 2019 Continuum of Care funding announcements were made in March 2020. Lee County was awarded funding to sustain existing programs and begin new programs that provide housing and services to persons experiencing homelessness. These programs are operated by Lee County Human and Veterans Services, Community Assisted and Supported Living, Lee County Housing Development Corporation, Jewish Family and Children Services, Saint Vincent de Paul, Goodwill Industries of SWFL, and The Salvation Army. The total awarded amount was $1,825,537.
The Lee County Homeless Coalition would like to extend a special thank you to the volunteers that assisted with this year’s PIT count.