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The usual sound of birds wasn’t what woke the residents of Grace Marketplace Thursday morning. Grace Marketplace, 2845 NE 39th Ave., held their annual homeless census count on Thursday that lasted from 5:45 a.m. to 9 p.m. The Alachua County Coalition for the […]
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.
Grace Marketplace is still waiting for the city of Gainesville and Alachua County to provide funds in order to keep the shelter open and pay for its staffing. Since October, Grace Marketplace has had to pay out of its pocket to keep providing services.
With only a verbal commitment from the city and county, Grace MarketPlace has continued to provide the staff and the funding to keep the pavilion open since October.
Grace Marketplace plans to renovate its kitchen with grant money, eventually opening Grace Cafe to the community in which the homeless cook and serve food.
On September 29, city commissioners will prove the city is willing to serve those in need by making dinner for the homeless at GRACE Marketplace.
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.
Gainesville’s homeless must present a blue card issued by the Gainesville Police Department to prove they are free of arrest warrants and are not registered sexual offenders or predators.