Homelessness Statistics for Polk, FL

, Florida

Total Homeless persons in Polk County Florida in 2019

563

There are an estimated 563 homeless individuals in Polk County Florida. That is a 2% change from 2018.

The homelessness statistics listed are collected from HUD and from the Homeless Shelter Directory database for 2019

Sheltered individuals in families

Sheltered individuals in families

189

There are 189 in Polk that are sheltered together with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Unsheltered individuals in families

0

There are 0 in Polk that - together with other family members - are unsheltered
Sheltered individuals in families

Sheltered individuals

260

There are 189 in Polk that are sheltered with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Unsheltered individuals

114

There are 189 in Polk that are unsheltered with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Sheltered families

59

There are 59 in Polk that are sheltered together with other family members
Sheltered individuals in families

Unsheltered families

0

There are 0 in Polk that - together with other family members - are unsheltered

Total Homeless families in Polk County Florida in 2019

59

There are an estimated 563 homeless individuals in Polk County Florida. That is a 2% change from 2018.

Chronic Homelessness in Polk County Florida

Total Chronic Homeless in Polk County Florida

77

There are -7 less homeless individuals in Polk County Florida than in 2018. That is a -8% drop .

What is Chronic Homeless?

Chronic homelessness refers to people who have found themselves experiencing homelessness repeatedly and is often accompanied with mental ilness or substance abuse.

Chronically homeless individuals have been on the streets for a long time, potentially years.

Sheltered Chronic

Sheltered chronic

31

There are 59 in Polk that are sheltered together with other family members
Sheltered Chronic

Unsheltered Chronic

46

There are 0 in Polk that - together with other family members - are unsheltered

Veteran Homelessness in Polk County Florida

sheltered_veteran

Sheltered

25

unsheltered_veteran

Unsheltered

13

Total Veteran Homeless

38

There are more homeless individuals in Polk County Florida than in 2018. That is a % increase.

Youth Homelessness in Polk County Florida

sheltered_youth

Sheltered

18

unsheltered_youth

Unsheltered

2

Total Homeless Youth

20

There are -8 more homeless youths in Polk County Florida than in 2018. That is a -29% drop .

Housing Inventory

Total number of beds in Polk County Florida

969

This figure represents the total number of beds available in all categories of Housing.

Total number of shelters in Polk County Florida

8

What are Emergency Shelters?

Emergency Shelters are places where the homeless can find a safe place to stay in case of sudden loss of housing. There are about 279 emergency shelter beds in Polk County.

What is Transitional Housing?

Transitional Housing are shelters intended to temporarily care for the displaced or chronically homeless population. There are about 319 Transitional Housing beds in Polk County.

What is Permanent Supportive Housing?

Permanent Supportive Housing is a long-term housing service for the elderly or vulnurable population struggling to stay above the poverty line. There are about 278 Permanent Supportive Housing beds in Polk County.

What is Rapid Re-Housing?

Rapid re-housing is a short-term rental assistance service with the purpose of helping people obtain housing quickly, increase self- sufficiency, and stay housed. There are about 93 Rapid Re-Housing beds in Polk County.

Polk, Florida Homeless Shelters and Services

8 Listings in city

Frostproof Care Center

Frostproof Care Center

Frostproof, FL

Food/Emergency Shelter/Financial AssistanceThe Ways the Frostproof Care Center HelpsOCCUPANCY    Mortgage, rent, utilities,  [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Apr 16, 2020
Lake Wales Care Center

Lake Wales Care Center

Lake Wales, FL

The Transitional Housing Program is an opportunity to give individuals and families hope for a future. The purpose is to help those in need develop Christ-like maturity by providing structure, discipl [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Sep 23, 2015
Lighthouse Ministries - Men's Gospel Rescue Mission

Lighthouse Ministries - Men's Gospel Rescue Mission

Lakeland, FL

The Gospel Rescue Mission is for homeless and at-risk men, as overnight guests.      Open at 3:30 p.m. daily    First 3 nights per month [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Apr 17, 2020
St. Francis Women & Children's Services

St. Francis Women & Children's Services

Lakeland, FL

Provided by Catholic Charities Serves women of Polk County Provides financial assistance and shelter to women at risk for homelessness due to domestic violence, loss of income, or eviction. [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Sep 23, 2015
Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland

Talbot House Ministries of Lakeland

Lakeland, FL

We are one of the oldest and most comprehensive homeless care centers in Polk County. We are committed to provide SHELTER, HEALTHCARE, and RENEWAL of the Homeless in our community. A safe [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Oct 30, 2019
The Foundation

The Foundation

Davenport, FL

Per the shelter. See the bold text below: THIS IS A MALE ONLY SHELTER. FEMALES DO NOT CALL UNLESS YOU ARE REQUESTING INFORMATION FOR A MALE. THIS IS NOT A SHELTER FOR CHILDREN. [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Jan 3, 2019
Safe Families for Children

Safe Families for Children

Lakeland, FL

Safe Families is a network of host families that provide a loving home where parents can safely place their children in times of crisis. Host Families, prompted solely by compassion, are screened, tra [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Feb 5, 2016
George W. Harris, Jr. Runaway & Youth Crisis Shelter

George W. Harris, Jr. Runaway & Youth Crisis Shelter

Bartow, FL

Youth and Family Alternatives operates three short-term shelter programs for youth between the ages of 10 thru 17, one of those being the George W. Harris, Jr. Runaway and Youth Crisis Shelter, l [...]

Last Updated Ago Added Jul 13, 2018

Point-In-Time Count Summary

Total Homeless Total Families Total Chronic Total Veterans Total Youth
2015
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
142
206
85
31


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


28
9


8
79


14
30


9
4
2015 Total 464 37 87 44 13
2016
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
201
216
174
44


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


47
9


14
65


20
22


12
10
2016 Total 635 56 79 42 22
2017
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
195
147
168
2


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


44
1


11
66


18
17


17
7
2017 Total 512 45 77 35 24
2018
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
220
134
198
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


52
0


21
63


16
10


21
7
2018 Total 552 52 84 26 28
2019
SI*
UI*
IFS*
UIF*
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
Individuals in shelters
Unsheltered individuals
Individuals in families shelters
Unsheltered individuals in families
260
114
189
0


S*
H*
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless
Sheltered
Homeless


59
0


31
46


25
13


18
2
2019 Total 563 59 77 38 20
*Key
  • SI: Individuals in shelters
  • UI: Unsheltered individuals
  • IFS: Individuals in families shelters
  • UIF : Unsheltered individuals in families
  • S: Sheltered
  • H: Homeless

Homelessness Behavioral and Performance Statistics

Avg days* Average Length of Time Homeless (days) Average Length of Time Homeless (days) Average Length of Time Homeless (days) Return rate* Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months 1st time* Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time Temp 2 Perm* Rate People Exit from ES, SH, TH, and RRH to PH Rate People Exit from ES, SH, TH, and RRH to PH Rate People Exit from ES, SH, TH, and RRH to PH Supp 2 Perm* Rate People in PSH and OPH Retain or Exit to PH Rate People in PSH and OPH Retain or Exit to PH Rate People in PSH and OPH Retain or Exit to PH
2015 64 12.3% 1769 32.6% 89.7%
2016 74 7.9% 2005 32.3% 91.7%
2017 79 9.0% 1983 28.8% 88.0%
2018 98 3.4% 1753 28.7% 94.8%
2019 94 6.9% 1721 21.2% 96.8%
*Key
  • Avg days: Average Length of Time Homeless (days)
  • Return rate: Rate People Return to Homelessness in 6 Months
  • 1st time: Number of People who are Homeless for the First Time
  • Temp 2 Perm : Rate People Exit from Emergency Shelters, Supportive Housing, Transitional Housing, and Rapid Re-housing to Permanent Housing
  • Supportive 2 Perm: Rate People in Permanent Supportive Housing and Other Permanent Housing Retain or Exit to Permanent Housing

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