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Homelessness Rate Drops in Florida

The number of homeless people living in Florida has dropped 17.5 percent, according to a press release from the Department of Children and Families published Monday. In 2012, 55,000 Floridians were homeless during a one-day count; in 2013, just over 45,000 Floridians were living with no permanent residency -- a sign that Florida's economy is improving.

The homelessness rate has declined about 25 percent since 2007, when the job market was struggling and nearly 60,000 Floridians were homeless. As Florida's economy and job market start to improve, the rate of homelessness will go down.

The drop in the homelessness count is great news for Florida, DCF Secretary David Wilkins said. Shelter is one of the most basic of needs and when families dont have a place to call home, children suffer. Governor Rick Scotts commitment to improving the economy and getting people back to work has reduced the number of people living on the streets by giving them more opportunities for consistent employment.

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