But there is rising concern about how the economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic may lead to more homelessness.
Following collaborations with the Suncoast Partnership to End Homeless and Showered and Empowered, Inc., Streets of Paradise co-founders Greg Cruz and Allan Mestel are optimistic about where the newly formed 501(c)(3)nonprofit is headed.
Greg Cruz and Allan Mestel created an online photo series to raise awareness about homelessness in the area, then flipped it into a full-fledged nonprofit.
The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness found a 22.5 percent increase in the number of homeless residents in Sarasota and Manatee counties.
The "3 Into 1" plan would see the Salvation Army drug and alcohol recovery campus on 10th Street repurposed into a 220-bed homeless shelter.