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Sleep Out event brings awareness to Tallahassee homeless population

Posted at 1:20 PM, Nov 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-08 13:20:32-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Thursday night, 150 leaders in Tallahassee are gave up the comforts of home for one night to raise awareness of homelessness in the area.

It's for the annual Sleep Out event in Tallahassee. Those participating are raising money for three local agencies that house, feed, clothe, and support those experiencing homelessness.

Capital City Youth Services, Kearney Center, and Big Bend Homeless Coalition.

The goal is to also end homeless.

"We sat down several months ago to collaborate on bringing the community together on behalf of our united efforts to prevent and end homelessness, amongst youth, families, individuals, veterans, and really anyone affected by poverty and the lack of affordable housing," said Sylvia Smith, the executive director of the Big Bend Homeless Foundation.

They were able to raise over $15,000 Thursday night!

The "Sleep Out" started 5 years ago. Nearly 1,000 people experience homelessness in Tallahassee each night.