Census Says Bay County's Homeless Population Down 25%

Panama City - Panama City's homeless population is down 25% from this time last year. That's according to last month's Homeless and Hunger Coalition "Point in Time" homeless census.

Bay County's homeless population was counted at 310 people. That's down from 411 in 2011. Officials estimate 30%-40% are homeless veterans. The Homeless and Hunger Coalition relies on federal funds it receives based on this census. So with fewer unsheltered homeless people, it could get less funding. But instead it will look for grant funding that helps communities with a high amount of homeless veterans.

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  • by Brian Location: Panama City on Feb 22, 2012 at 08:35 PM
    Well, it's probably just that the Rescue Mission, being under increasing scrutiny, has been turning away the drunks and drug addicts instead of letting them in like before...and those bums go to other towns. And we in Security at Bay Medical Center have become quite adept at kicking out the bums from the waiting rooms and even having them arrested for trespassing. There is the 25%.
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