Homeless in Nassau County

I counted 8 separate homeless men this morning in a 2 hour period.The number of homeless residents reported in Nassau County was 305, up from 71 in 2007, making nearly 2 percent of Duval and Nassau County residents homeless during some point in the year.

homlessBy: Ed Boner
This is an issue I haven’t discussed in some time. Today, it was brought home again. On the way out to lunch…walking from my office downtown I saw something leaning against the railing at one of the older historic homes. It was almost a caricature of a man with a large hat pulled down over his head and sprawled out across the sidewalk sleeping. I thought at first it was the homeowner’s idea of a joke. At second glance, it was a middle aged man taking a nap with half a dozen paper and plastic bags strewn around blocking the sidewalk.

I took the kids to lunch at Pablo’s, where we had a great lunch special. Afterward we were approached by yet another homeless man who wanted to give me an envelope full of change. He was obviously not quite all there, so I said, “No, put that in your pocket. I’m OK. Thank you anyway”. He apparently decided I was Ok and proceeded to ask if I had a few dollars for gas money.

The point I’m making is this. I counted 8 separate homeless men this morning in a 2 hour period. If our growth rate of the homeless is higher because we are attracting a transient population…that issue should be addressed. The number of homeless residents reported in Nassau County was 305, up from 71 in 2007, making nearly 2 percent of Duval and Nassau County residents homeless during some point in the year.

Homelessness: Numbers grow, resources don’t!

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1 Comment

  1. achoubeach

    as the economic problems deepen this issue will become important to the community and the homeless themselves.

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