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Some residents at Dignity Village lack adequate shelter from summer storms. An evacuation plan that would transport Dignity Village residents is being drafted, according to the city manager’s office.
Both the number of residents and reported incidents have increased at Dignity Village. Gainesville Mayor Ed Braddy and local PBA Representative Lt. Mike Schibuola discussed the rise of safety concerns for the local homeless community at a meeting Tuesday.
Individuals living in tents outside of Grace Marketplace burn twigs and hang sheets to stay warm as the temperatures drop. Grace Marketplace does allow tent residents to stay indoors during nights below 45 degrees.
Homeless individuals in Alachua County find ways to cope with the cold weather. Some choose to sleep inside at shelters like Grace Marketplace, while others prefer to stay outside with their possessions, rely on friendship to stay warm.
Due to cold weather, St. Francis House opens its doors for extra individuals to sleep inside. St. Francis, which houses families and children, requires individuals to have a “blue card,” which lists whether the person has any outstanding arrest warrants or is a sex offender.
On Wednesday, emergency shelter Grace Marketplace opened its first dorm for the homeless. Residents must adhere to criteria, but the dorm offers a more permanent housing option.
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet approved Tuesday a proposal to buy former Gainesville Correctional Institution for nearly $1.4 million. The prison will be converted into a homeless shelter and the Morningside Nature Center will be expanded.
The idea of a homeless center was born eight years ago alongside an ambitious plan to end homelessness in Gainesville. In the years since, the city’s plan to construct a permanent shelter has taken many twists and turns, all of them captured in this timeline.
Several chilly nights across North Central Florida have come as a surprise for late March. At the St. Francis House in Gainesville, staff and volunteers are working to ensure that those who can’t always get out of the cold have a place to go.
The results of a recent census released by the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry shows that the number of homeless people in Gainesville have decreased. It is expected that the actual number of homeless people might actually be higher than last year’s results.