A report released Friday by the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness shows a 22.5 percent increase in the number of homeless residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties between January 2015 and January 2016. According to the report, the total number of homeless increased from 1,198 to 1,468 during that span. According to the executive summary issued by Suncoast Partnership executive director Leslie Loveless, the number of homeless veterans and families with children show the smallest increase, "a reflection of the community’s strong commitment to prioritizing these two groups." However, the group's "biggest challenge" is "the adult population without children," Loveless writes. That demographic represents 92 percent of the homeless counted.
Living the Dream
05/23/2022 By Chloe Nelson