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Leon County agencies partner to reduce rising homeless population

Posted at 5:44 PM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 17:44:48-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Local agencies in Tallahassee are discussing the rising numbers of homelessness Wednesday.

The Big Bend Continuum of Care and United Partners for Human Service held a conversation hoping for community input on fixing this problem.

To date, Leon County has around 760 people experiencing homelessness. Out of that 103 are un-sheltered, sleeping in their cars or parks.

About 24 percent are chronically homeless.

Wednesday's conversation is to bring together resources and partnerships to reduce these statistics.

"Part of the reason to have these community conversations is to have help in addressing some of the gaps and needs," said Amanda Wanders, the director of Big Bend Continuum of Care. "There's a lot of good work that goes on at agencies but there's also a gap as things change. There's never enough resources it seems."

Wanders says some of the numbers they are seeing are increased due to the pandemic.