What Cities Offer Free Housing for the Homeless in Florida?


As of 2015, the cities of Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale have implemented Housing First programs that are intended to rapidly house homeless people in subsidized dwellings that may not cost them any money. Many cities also have emergency shelters.

The Hillsborough County Housing First initiative was first proposed in 2011. The county currently has several renovated apartment buildings that house people who are chronically homeless. The county has housed over 1,900 homeless to date.

The city of Orlando has a similar initiative that places homeless residents of the city in apartments and other residences. A large philanthropic donation from Florida Hospital, as well as HUD grants, provides funding for the program.

Broward County participates in the 100,000 Homes campaign, a national effort to provide adequate housing for the chronically homeless. Residents of shelters in the Fort Lauderdale area have been able to move into rent-free apartments that are one or two bedrooms in size. Apartments are also furnished and come with kitchen utilities. When residents obtain an income, they pay 30 percent of it in rent. 22 units are currently available in Fort Lauderdale.

Most of Florida's major cities also have shelters that provide free emergency housing, such as Miami and Jacksonville.