History Of Housing

2012 Senator Philip D. Lewis Center opens

The Senator Philip D. Lewis Center (“Lewis Center”), is part of the Leading the Way Home Plan, which is a continuation of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners’ work to end homelessness. It offers a single point of access for homeless and potentially homeless individuals and families who are seeking assistance to restore a self-sufficient and productive lifestyle. The Lewis Center provides 66 beds for individuals who are homeless and seeking assistance.

The Lewis Center has sheltered 13,812 individuals and provided navigation services to 28,814 individuals.

Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Re-Housing, Senior Homeless Prevention

Permanent Supportive Housing is targeted to individuals who need services in order to maintain housing. Prioritization is given to individuals who have been identified as chronically homeless with a disability who lives either in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter, or in an institutional care facility. Permanent Supportive Housing has served 377 individuals.

Rapid Re-housing is intended to assist eligible participants to quickly obtain and sustain stable, permanent housing. Rapid Re_housing has helped 113 individuals.

Seniors (Ages 60 and older) who are at risk of homelessness may receive financial assistance to sustain their housing, assist with bills, and other expenses. The Senior Homeless Program has assisted 249 individuals.

Home at Tamarind opens in 2020

This project offers affordable housing for individuals with a documented developmental disability who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Eligible participants must have income that is at or below 60% of the area median income. The project consists of 6 one-bedroom/one-bath units. Three of the units are reserved for individuals with extremely low income defined as at or below 30% of the area median income.

The home at Tamarind has been fully occupied since its inception.

Lewis Center Annex opens in 2020

In order to address the growing homeless population in John Prince Park and throughout Palm Beach County, Gulfstream Goodwill partnered with the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, and the Human and Veterans Services Department of Palm Beach County to develop a second homeless resource center which mimics the Lewis Center. The Lewis Center Annex provides up to an additional 125 beds for individuals who are homeless and seeking assistance.

The Annex has served more than 300 people since its inception.

Belle Glade Transitional Shelter and Lake Village at the Glades opens in 2021

A homeless shelter serving the Western Community. There are 2 locations; one in Belle Glade and one in Pahokee. The Belle Glade site serves as the intake and assessment center. The Pahokee site provides 42 one-bedroom/one-bathroom units for families, seniors, couples, and singles.

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