DCF Press Release


State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Charlie Crist
Governor

Robert A. Butterworth
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Sarrah Troncoso
December 21, 2007 850-488-4855



DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES SECRETARY BOB BUTTERWORTH
~ Statement on Homeless Persons Memorial Day ~

     "In 2001, the Florida Legislature designated December 21, the first day of winter and the longest night of the year, as "Homeless Persons Memorial Day" to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness in our state.

     The Department of Children and Families joins with local homeless coalitions statewide in recognizing the dedicated work of thousands of agencies and organizations, including our faith-based partners, who serve Florida's most vulnerable citizens. With more than 60,000 people homeless, the Department is proud to partner with the homeless coalitions to serve those individuals who live on the streets and in emergency shelters. Many of the homeless would face serious threats to their health and safety without these coalitions and their efforts to plan for and coordinate services.

     Today, there are local events taking place to reflect on those individuals who, regrettably, died this past year as a result of being homeless. Such tragic losses should not be allowed to happen in our state and communities. Each of us in this Department works hard to provide assistance and support to our vulnerable citizens, including members of our homeless community, and I thank you for your efforts. If you are interested in doing more to affect the issue of homelessness, the contact numbers for your local homeless coalitions can be found in the attached document.

     Together, we make a difference in the lives of Floridians. More than 32,000 people now have a safe place to sleep tonight due to the work of the homeless coalitions, the Department, and other organizations that work to serve those who are homeless. On this Homeless Persons Memorial Day, we are again reminded of why we come to work each day and why our work is so vital to the needs of Florida's most vulnerable."


Contact Information for Florida's Homeless Coalitions

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