Florida Saw The Biggest Fall In Homeless Population Nationwide Since 2007, Feds Say

Florida’s homeless population decreased more than any other state since 2007, according to a newly released federal report.

Overall, Florida’s homeless population decreased 20,582, or 42.8% between 2007 and 2020.

No other state saw as large a decrease during the same period.

The trend continues between 2019 and 2020, when Florida again saw the largest decrease in homeless population nationwide.

Florida’s homeless rate per capita is also below the national average, the report said.

The 2020 Annual Homeless Assessment Report from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is a report to congress that relies on surveys from around the country.

Of the major cities with high homeless populations, New York and Los Angeles ranked highest by far. Only the top five cities were ranked, and Miami was not listed.

Miami-Dade has had a 1 percent tax on restaurant sales since 1993, of which 85 percent goes towards a homeless trust that helps get people off the street. It is the only place in the country with such a tax.

The number of homeless people living on the street in Miami-Dade County has dropped from 8,000 two decades ago to under 1,000 today as a result of that program.

 

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Azarius
3 months ago

Like the tax idea did know we had that

Azarius
3 months ago

Didn’t *

Anonymous
3 months ago

Surprising – but great! Let’s do more!

Anonymous
3 months ago

I wonder what the logic was to only have restaurants pay this tax. Seems unfair. Why not have a lower percentage and spread it among all types of businesses?

Azarius
3 months ago

Lower than 1% which most doesn’t even notice but it has a huge impact on the public. I say we do more like 1% from hotel/resorts and airlines for state wide public transit and affordable housing. That will really make a difference in more Rural areas that don’t get the funding to improve those things as well as the metropolitans!

Anonymous
3 months ago

Lets tax our way to prosperity! /s

Anonymous
3 months ago

good work!

Anonymous
3 months ago

those numbers are for florida but i would like to know the numbers for miami dade county. I’ve seen homelessness in miami but I’ve never seen homeless encampments until this year, they started popping up in the health district,wynwood and overtown. I read in a local newspaper that some of them had been dismantled but the one in wynwood is stll there and it’s growing. I hope that they dismantle it and find them a place to live because those emcampments cause all kinds of problems.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Can’t we send them to another state? Buy them a bus ticket to California, $100 cash and a box lunch.

Anonymous
3 months ago

you just notice this? been around under the bridges for years.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Tent city in downtown

Azarius
3 months ago

We haven’t seen homelessness like other states and we’re the 3rd most populated state in the US

Anonymous
3 months ago

So what is your point? Homelessness will be always be a challenge, but it is good that we have been making progress here.

Anonymous
3 months ago

I saw a lot less homelessness when I was in downtown Miami a few weeks ago. Hopefully, thats a long-term, continuous trend. We cannot have a city just for the rich, history tells us where that gets us.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Meanwhile the States with the highest homeless population continue to claim the number one reason is lack of affordable housing, despite people making a decent wage unable to afford a place, while simultaneously giving out free needles courtesy of a diminishing tax base.

Anonymous
3 months ago

wait … conservative policies lead to less homeless people ? who would have thought 😳

Anonymous
3 months ago

Interesting…if you listen to the homers on here didn’t think there was ever a homeless problem to lower.

Anonymous
3 months ago

Oregon seems to be the largest decrease over the last year, not Florida. Which is also like what?? Portland alone is a growing tent city it seems.