The Florida Dream Center is doing whatever we can to help fight homelessness, poverty and hunger, including multiple programs reaching out to those in need with a helping hand to get back on their feet. Call us at 727-851-9074 to learn where you can help.
The state of Florida is identified as the most dangerous place for a homeless person to live in the United States. There are over 55,000 homeless people living in Florida, and 7,000 in Pinellas County alone.
Cheryl Ostrander and Barb Fichter are the Florida Dream Center's Resident Advocates. They assist with immediate and long term housing for those in need within the Lealman community.
Hunger is not just a 3rd world problem affecting countries far from our own shores. In fact, 50 million Americans, including 17 million children, struggle with hunger on a regular basis.
One of the ways that hunger is tracked in the U.S. is by what is called “Food Insecurity.” Food Insecurity is the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.
The Food Insecurity rate in the state of Florida is 14.1%. In Pinellas County, the rate is higher, at 15.7%. Children who are considered Food Insecure are 25%, or 1 in 4.
- The poverty rate for children in Florida is 25%
- Single-parent families with children in Florida that are in poverty is 35%
- Overall poverty in Florida is 17%
- Senior citizen poverty in Florida is 14%
We have many outreach efforts feeding the homeless on a regular basis. If you wish to join us, call 727-851-9074 to learn what is coming up and see if you can be a part.