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Cardboard City: Bringing awareness to First Coast homelessness

12:47 AM, Nov 16, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Homelessness continues to be a growing concern in our area. Thousands of people find themselves living on the streets, struggling to get by.

On the Southside, there are more than 100 people living in what's being called "cardboard city" from Friday at 4 p.m. to Saturday at 8 a.m.

Tents, cardboard boxes, sleeping bags and cars crowd the lawn at CrossRoad United Methodist Church. People voluntarily spent the night outside to bring awareness to a very serious issue.

According to the Council on Homelessness 2013 report, Florida continues to have the third-largest homeless population in the country, 8.7 percent of the nation's homeless live in the state.

This is the third year the church is hosting this cardboard city. Family Promise said homelessness among families is up 12 percent when compared to 2012 in Duval County. 

For a list of homeless shelters, in Duval County click here. If you're not in need yourself you can always visit the site to see how you can help others.

First Coast News

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