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    Facts about Homelessness 2011

    Homelessness in Hillsborough County

    The Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County's 2011 homeless count in Hillsborough County, conducted on January 27, 2011, found:

    • 17,755* men, women and children are homeless in Hillsborough County on any given night

    7,336 are living on the streets, shelters and/or other places not meant for human habitation

    10,424 are living doubled up with family and friends because of loss of housing and/or economic hardship 

    •  23 percent are children
    •  65 percent are male; 35 percent are female
    •  44 percent are Caucasian
    •  55 percent are African-American
    •  14 percent are Latino
    •  5 percent are veterans**
    •  65 percent have a source of income
    •  Of the 65 percent with income, the top five income sources reported are:

    SSI/SSDI (19%)

    Employment (17%)

    Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (11%)

    Unemployment Compensation (8%)

    Panhandling (7%)

    •  35 percent have a disability
    •  90 percent were residing in Florida at the time they became homeless
    •  51 percent are experiencing homelessness for the first time
    •  16.5 percent have been homeless at 4 or more times
    • The Hillsborough County Public Schools reported there were 3,109 homeless students enrolled on the day of the 2011 homeless count.

    * Florida definitions of homeless, s. 420.621, was changed in July 2009 and includes persons who lack a fixed regular nighttime residence including those living on the streets, in shelters, places not meant for human habitation, living doubled up with family/friends, in motels and campgrounds due to loss of housing and economic hardship.

    ** The percentage of homeless veterans is believed to be inaccurate as many of the reporting agencies did not provide data on veteran status as well as an unusally low answer rate by individuals surveyed.  This situation is dcoumented by the 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress, which states, "there is anecdotal evidence that homeless veterans sometimes do not divulge their veteran status to homeless program staff."


     For more statistics on homelessness in Hillsborough County, please see the two documents below:

    2011 Homelessness and Our Community Fact Sheet  << click to dowload PDF

    2011 Deomographics of Homeless Population in Hillsborough County with comparisions to the 2009, 2007 and 2005 << click to download PDF


    Homelessness in Florida

    The Florida Department of Children and Families’ Office on Homelessness 2010 Report on Homeless Conditions in Florida, states that in Florida…

    • 57,687 men, women and children are homeless*** in Florida
    • 16 percent are children
    • 32 percent are women
    • 17 percent are veterans
    •   9 percent have a history of being in foster care
    • 44 percent have never been homeless before
    • 49 percent have been homeless for less than a year
    • 76 percent have lived in their community more than 1 year (prior to and during their homelessness)

     ***The definition used by the state in compiling the numbers reported in their 2010 report only included persons living on the streets, in shelters and other places not meant for human habitation.


    Homelessness in the United States

    The 2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report on Sheltered and Unsheltered Homeless found that in the United States:  

    • 643,067 people were homeless on a single night in January 2009
    • Nearly 1.56 million people used an emergency shelter or transitional housing program during the 12-months period (October 1, 2008 through September 30, 2009).  This represents one in every 200 Americans.
    • Sixty-two percent of homeless people do not have a disability.
    • A report released by the National Center on Family Homelessness in early March 2009 found "more than 1.5 million children are homeless annually in the United States--1 in every 50 American children."


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