Hearing from people with lived experience of homelessness was important to representatives of the Florida Housing Coalition who are helping the Volusia-Flagler County Coalition for the Homeless update its strategic plan.
Family Renew Community participated in that effort by pulling together a focus group of four moms and a dad who are staying in Family Renew apartments with their kids while they work to lift their families out of homelessness. Not surprisingly, these parents told stories of an affordable housing crisis.
In its 2021 report, Housing Matters, the Florida Housing Coalition documented this crisis throughout the state. Here are some quick facts from that report: