The 50 Facts campaign was launched on November 18th, 2013 during National Hunger & Homeless Week. It is designed to contrast the impressive facts Florida prides itself on with the condition of homelessness in the state.

The campaign has been expanded and updated as new facts become available. We have also applied this strategy on the county level in support of local organizations.


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WANT TO LEARN MORE?  view the facts about Florida's homeless population below

Fact #1

Florida has over 4,000 public schools.

This fact is from Florida Department of Education, which counts 4,330 schools.

  • For more information, http://www.fldoe.org/accountability/data-sys/edu-info-accountability-services/pk-12-public-school-data-pubs-reports/school/index.stml
  • There are over 73,000 homeless students in Florida, annually.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 22, which reads:

  • “During the 2014-2015 school year, Florida school districts identified 73,417 children and youth experiencing homelessness.”
  • Fact #2

    Florida has over 9 military bases.

    This fact is from The Department of Defense, which counts 16 US military installations.

  • For more information, http://www.militaryinstallations.dod.mil
  • There are over 2,000 homeless veterans in Florida, each day.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 34, which reads:

  • Of the persons experiencing homelessness responding to the question on active duty in the U.S. military, 9.7% indicated that they were veterans.” This is down from the 2015 level of 16.3%.
  • Served /Active Duty

    Number of Persons

    YES 2,486
    NO 23,054
    Total 25,540

    Fact #3

    Florida is home to over 600 miles of beaches.

    This fact is from Florida Department of State, which counts 663 miles of beaches.

  • For more information, http://dos.myflorida.com/florida-facts/quick-facts/
  • There are over 93,000 homeless people in Florida, annually.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 6, which reads:

  • “On one day and one night in January 2016, Florida communities participated in the HUD Point in Time (PIT) counts and counted 33,502 persons who were living on the street or in temporary shelters. This data covers all 27 CoCs across the state."
  • "Further, for school year 2014-2015, Florida’s public schools identified 73,417 students as homeless, including those families that have lost their housing and are staying with family and friends or in motels.”
  • Fact #4

    Florida is the top travel destination in the world.

    This fact is from the State of Florida.com.

  • For more information, http://www.stateofflorida.com/facts.aspx
  • There are over 23,000 people in homeless households in Florida, each day.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 34, which reads:

  • “In 2016, the great majority, 23,606, of the unsheltered and sheltered homeless population are single adults or households without children.”
  • Household Type

    Number of Persons

    One Adult and One Child 2,837
    No Children in Household 20,383
    Only Children in Household 386
    Total 23,606

    Fact #5

    Florida has the most golf courses in the U.S.

    This fact is from Visit Florida, which counts 1,250 golf courses.

  • For more information, http://www.visitfloridamediablog.com/home/florida-facts/facts/
  • There are over 2,000 homeless seniors over the age of 60, in Florida each day.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 33, which reads:

  • The age ranges of the 2016 homeless population were reported as follows:
  • Age Ranges

    Number of Persons

    Under 18 5,641
    18 – 24 1,728
    24-60 20,502
    Over 60 2,095

    Fact #6

    There are over 370,000 hotel rooms in Florida.

    This fact is from the State of Florida.com.

  • For more information, "http://www.stateofflorida.com/facts.aspx
  • Each day there are just over 42,000 beds available for the homeless.

    This fact is from HUD 2015 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs Housing Inventory Count Report, page 1, which reads:

  • Summary of all beds reported, aggregated to the state level:
  • Homeless Beds

    Number of Beds Available

    Emergency Shelter 10,891
    Transitional Housing 10,997
    Permanent Housing 20,880
    Total Beds 42,768

    Fact #7

    Florida is the #1 US theme park destination.

    This fact is from Coaster Grotto.com, which counts 76.6 million for theme park attendance in 2014. The closest state is California with 42.59 million for theme park attendance.

  • For more information, http://www.coastergrotto.com/theme-park-attendance.jsp
  • There are over 73,000 homeless students in Florida, annually.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 22, which reads:

  • “During the 2014-2015 school year, Florida school districts identified 73,417 children and youth experiencing homelessness.”
  • Fact #8

    Florida is the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World.

    This fact is from the Florida Strawberry Growers Association, which states:

  • "Hillsborough County is recognized as the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World and the home of some of the sweetest, reddest and juiciest strawberries around."
  • For more information, http://flastrawberry.com/
  • There are over 10,000 homeless women in Florida, each day.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 33, which reads:

  • “In 2016, men made up the majority of persons experiencing homelessness. Of 30,069 persons surveyed, 19,326 were men, 10,707 were women, and 36 were transgender persons.”
  • Fact #9

    Florida produces about 40% of the world’s supply of Orange Juice.

    This fact is from the International Business Organization website, which states:

  • “Florida has the biggest harvest in the Southeast of the USA, growing 75% of all oranges. Furthermore, Florida produces approx. 40% orange juice worldwide.”
  • For more information, http://www.ibofl.org/information.html
  • There are over 10,000 homeless women in Florida, each day.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 33, which reads:

  • “In 2016, men made up the majority of persons experiencing homelessness. Of 30,069 persons surveyed, 19,326 were men, 10,707 were women, and 36 were transgender persons.”
  • Fact #10

    Florida is the third most populous state.

    This fact is from Census.gov.

  • For more information, http://www.census.gov/popest/data/national/totals/2015/index.html
  • There are over 93,000 homeless people in Florida, annually.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 6, which reads:

  • “On one day and one night in January 2016, Florida communities participated in the HUD Point in Time (PIT) counts and counted 33,502 persons who were living on the street or in temporary shelters. This data covers all 27 CoCs across the state."
  • "Further, for school year 2014-2015, Florida’s public schools identified 73,417 students as homeless, including those families that have lost their housing and are staying with family and friends or in motels.”
  • Fact #11

    Florida is home to the first effective sunblock.

    This fact is from American Profile Publishing Group of America, in the article "Benjamin Green Invented Coppertone Suntan Cream", which states:

  • “Benjamin Green, a pharmacist in Miami Beach, Fla., invented the first suntan cream, Coppertone Suntan Cream, in 1944.”
  • For more information, http://americanprofile.com/articles/benjamin-green-invented-coppertone-suntan-cream/
  • There are over 93,000 homeless people in Florida, annually.

    This fact is from Florida’s Council on Homelessness 2016 Report, page 6, which reads:

  • “On one day and one night in January 2016, Florida communities participated in the HUD Point in Time (PIT) counts and counted 33,502 persons who were living on the street or in temporary shelters. This data covers all 27 CoCs across the state."
  • "Further, for school year 2014-2015, Florida’s public schools identified 73,417 students as homeless, including those families that have lost their housing and are staying with family and friends or in motels.”
  • Fact #12

    Florida hosts over 6 million campers, annually.

    This fact is from the State of Florida.com.

  • For more information, "http://www.stateofflorida.com/facts.aspx
  • Each day there are just over 42,000 beds available for the homeless.

    This fact is from HUD 2015 Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Programs Housing Inventory Count Report, page 1, which reads:

  • Summary of all beds reported, aggregated to the state level:”
  • Homeless Beds

    Number of Beds Available

    Emergency Shelter 10,891
    Transitional Housing 10,997
    Permanent Housing 20,880
    Total Beds 42,768