While our economy in Florida, as throughout the nation, has continued to rebound from the recent recession, and unemployment rates have dropped, there are still many families with extremely low incomes who live on the verge of homelessness every day. While the fundamental need is for a place to live, there are a many associated issues that may lead to homelessness or threat of homelessness, including:lack of employment (and job skills), job loss or other financial struggles or crisis, relocation, medical emergencies, natural disasters, disabilities, and issues related to mental health and substance abuse.To fully understand homelessness issues requires addressing and considering all of these factors as well as the barriers that keep individuals and families from achieving stable, adequate and affordable housing.
Despite reductions in homelessness in Florida thanks to the efforts of the public and private sector partners -- especially among homeless veterans -- local communities counted 35,964 individuals either living in emergency shelters or on the street throughout Florida in January 2015. On that day and night, Seminole County counted 344 persons who were living on the street or in an emergency shelter; there were 1,396 such individuals during the same time period in neighboring Orange County. (All statistics referenced released in June 2015 by Florida’s Department of Children and Families Council on Homelessness – “Point in Time” count. Please note – The results of the “Point in Time” count conducted in January 2016 have not yet been released).
We are proud of our residents. Many have wonderful success stories and testimonies about how their lives have changed since their time at Rescue Outreach Mission. Click below to read their stories.