Tampa Bay Has Nation's Highest Homelessness Rate
This week, hundreds of volunteers hit the streets of Hillsborough County to count the number of homeless residents, the Tampa Bay Times reports. Under federal law, counties must report the number of homeless every other year. At last check, 17,775 homeless people lived in Hillsborough County, contributing to the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area's distinction as the having the highest homelessness rate in the country, according to the National Alliance to End Homelessness. This year's data, due out in March, will be used to apply for funding and expand services that help the homeless.
About 400 people collect data to help tailor programs and housing. TAMPA - Bob Drayton knows how it feels to sleep outside. He knows what it's like to sit on a bench at Lykes Gaslight Square Park and watch people with places to go hustle by.