JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- More than one hundred people will be going homeless on purpose overnight Friday into Saturday.
Family Promise of Jacksonville is a non-profit agency that supports homeless families.
It will be hosting its third annual cardboard city beginning at 4 p.m. at Crossroads United Methodist Church on Gate Parkway.
Participants will be sleeping on the church's front lawn in sleeping bags, tents and cardboard boxes. Some will even be in their cars in the parking lot.
Youth minister Corey Markle said the event is designed to not only raise awareness about the homeless, but to also let them know they are not alone.
"You can't just do it at arm's length. You have to get close to that person. So we want to empathize with people," he said.
The city will be set up through 8 a.m. on Saturday no matter what the weather does.
Currently, Family Promise reports homelessness in Duval County is up 12% this year.
The group also reports that one in four homeless people is now a child.
Here are some places where you can go to get help:
-Sulzbacher Center, 611 East Adams Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-359-0457
-Clara White Mission, 613 West Ashley Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-354-4162
-St. Francis House, 70 Washington Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 904-829-8937
-City Rescue Mission:
McDuff Campus and Administrative Office, 426 S. McDuff Avenue, Jacksonville, FL 32254, 904-387-HELP
New Life Inn
234 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202, 904-421-5161
-Mission House Inc., 800 Shetter Avenue, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250, 904-241-6767
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