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A person sits near their tent in an empty lot near Ashley and Clay streets in Downtown Jacksonville on March 8, 2024. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
March 21, 2024

Jacksonville works to comply with new homeless law

Mayor Donna Deegan says the law adds urgency to efforts the city has already begun to get people off the…

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A homeless camp is shown in Immokalee. Legislation that would bar cities and counties from allowing people to sleep at places such as public buildings and in public rights of way is now on its way to Gov. DeSantis to sign. | Andrea Melendez, WGCU
March 6, 2024

Legislature votes to ban homeless sleeping in public

The bill bars cities and counties from allowing people to sleep at places such as public buildings and in public…

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February 6, 2024

DeSantis backs crackdown on homeless encampments

Gov. Ron DeSantis spoke in support of legislation to ban cities and counties from allowing people to camp or sleep…

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January 30, 2024

Florida may ban people from sleeping on public property

Rep. Sam Garrison of Fleming Island sponsored a bill that prevents cities and counties from letting people sleep or camp…

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Dwayne Alexander stands outside the entrance to the Jacksonville Housing Authority, where he serves as president and CEO. | Jacksonville Today, Casmira Harrison
December 21, 2023

Despite murky data on housing waitlist, need has clearly grown

The number of people waiting for housing through the Jacksonville Housing Authority has been exaggerated. But the need has grown…

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September 19, 2023

Proposed tax on restaurants might be toast after Jax City Council committee withdraws bill

A proposal to impose a new tax on Jacksonville restaurants and hotels to help the homeless population has hit a…

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A homeless person covers up from the cold in Downtown Jacksonville.
September 14, 2023

Proposed food and beverage tax sparks early debate

A proposed 1% tax on food and drinks would fund anti-homelessness programs in Jacksonville.…

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City Council President Ron Salem, left, discusses the issue of first-time homelessness in Jacksonville on Friday, Sept. 1, 2023. Changing Homelessness CEO Dawn Gilman and board Chairman Brad Russell listen. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
September 1, 2023

Homelessness program gets boost from council president

Council President Ron Salem has invested $13,000 toward a Changing Homelessness pilot program that will help those on the brink…

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Mayor Donna Deegan speaks to Cindy Funkhouser, CEO of Sulzbacher, at a town hall. | Casmira Harrison, Jacksonville Today
August 17, 2023

Homelessness panel lays a plan — and looks for ways to fund it

Jacksonville’s homelessness subcommittee must make recommendations to Mayor Donna Deegan by Sept. 5.…

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July 25, 2023

On housing, homelessness and health care, Jax committee passes learnings to new Council 

Jacksonville’s Critical Quality of Life Committee has presented its final report to guide policy for helping low-income people.…

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December 6, 2022

Jacksonville’s Changing Homelessness gets $2.5M Bezos grant to ‘double down on our work’

Jacksonville-based Changing Homelessness has received a $2.5 million grant — the largest in the agency’s nearly 50-year history of serving…