OUR MISSION IS TO HELP WOMEN AND FAMILIES, WHO ARE HOMELESS, ACHIEVE SELF-SUFFICIENCY.

FACTS

Causes of Local Homelessness

I4.8% due to Medical Disability Problems
5.6% due to Substance Abuse
2.4% due to Domestic Violence

Chronically Homeless Subpopulations

15.4% Chronically Homeless Individuals
3.6% Chronically Homeless Families

Florida & National Unemployment

The National unemployment rate is at 7.6% and the overall veteran unemployment rate at 6.3%. Florida continues to be among the states with the highest unemployment rates.
View Recent Labor Bureau Statistics Report

Age of Local Homeless

44.3% are under children under 18 years old
15.5% are 18-24 years old
40.1% are over 24 years old

Local Homeless Veterans

15.9% are Veterans

National Unemployment Statistics

7.6% Total Population is Unemployed
6.3% are Veterans
23% are Post-9/11 Veterans
5% are Veterans 18-24 years old
11% areVeterans 25-34 years old
16% are Veterans 35-44 years old
26% are Veterans 45-54 years old
42% are Veterans 55+ years old

How Can People Be Homeless Here?

+ 20% of our residents spend more than 50% of their income on housing.
+ Florida has one of the highest rates of unemployment as of June 2013.
+ Many people are dependant on the tourist industry for work, and those jobs are often seasonal, part-time, and/or unskilled.
+ Less than half of those with mental illness seek treatment, or even recognize that they are ill.
Some of these people are getting help. Members of the Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care have secured housing and jobs for parents, re-united families, provided funds for health care and prescription medication, and opened doors to further education. Given the opportunity, most homeless persons will transform their lives.

 

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OPPORTUNITY PLACE
305 Lovejoy Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
PHONE: (850) 659-3190
FAX: (850) 659-3191

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