Home Matters for Florida 2015
The Florida Housing Coalition released “Home Matters for Florida Report 2015” during the Sadowski Housing Coalition’s February 25 press conference, in support of a national “Home Matters” initiative to educate the public and policymakers about the value of housing when it comes to health, education and the economy. View the full “Home Matters for Florida Report 2015.” To view a PDF of the publication, click here.
- Florida has the third highest homeless population of any state in the nation, with 41,542 people living in homeless shelters and on the streets. This includes 4,552 veterans and 8,579 children.
- Florida’s economy is dominated by low-wage jobs, particularly in the service industry. In many occupations, workers do not earn enough to rent a modest apartment or buy their first home.
Why does home matter?
The health, safety, and welfare of Floridians and the strength of Florida’s overall economy hinges on an adequate supply of affordable housing for Florida’s working families, elders, and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes.
Housing is more than just a roof over our heads. Our house and apartments are where we take refuge from the bustle and stress of public life, share meals with family and friends, and store our belongings. Our housing is also a base from which we search for jobs, find good schools for our children, and put down roots in our communities. In short, our housing is where we make our home.
Read more of the Home Matters for Florida Report 2015.
The Florida Housing Coalition has produced this report in support of Home Matters®, a national movement to make Home a reality for everyone by elevating the importance of Home’s impact on people’s health, education, personal success, public safety, and the economy. Participating in Home Matters is a coast-to-coast coalition composed of members of the general public, leaders of housing and community development organizations, as well as other organizations concerned about increasing the positive impact of Home in their communities.
*Note that these numbers only include people who are unsheltered or staying in emergency or transitional shelters. They do not include people who are doubled up or living in hotels/motels.