The City of West Palm Beach strives to provide an integrated array of housing and support services in an effective and cost-efficient manner for the greatest number of homeless in need.
The City’s Department of Housing and Community Development Community Services/Vickers House Division provides funding and direct services and programs for the homeless including permanent housing, supportive housing, rapid rehousing, food assistance, relocation assistance, assessments, referral services, and job placement assistance.
The Homeward Bound Program offers individuals who have been chronically homeless in the City of West Palm Beach the opportunity to reunite with their families back home. Procedures include meeting all requirements such as: legal identification including government issued photo identification, personal interview, clearance of all warrants or court probation, and funding availability.
The Housing Stabilization Program is designed to provide rental deposit and utility assistance of up to $3,000 for homeless individuals seeking to obtain safe, decent, and affordable housing. Contact HCD for an application.
The West Palm Beach Housing Reentry Initiative is designed to connect eligible participants exiting the criminal justice system with access to housing, employment, mental health services, and other support services. The Initiative brings together corrections agencies, reentry service providers, local governments, and community partners to help people make or restore connections with community resources, family, and positive social networks. The program provides rental assistance to returning citizens.
The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA ) Program provides County-wide housing assistance and related supportive services for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families.
Outreach and Engagement Activities
The City of West Palm Beach understands the importance of engaging with the homeless population in order to provide encouragement, support and access to critical services. In these efforts, the City coordinates internally (HCD/Vickers House, Police, Parks and Recreation, Library Department) as well as with our partners at The Lord’s Place, St. Ann Place, and The Healthcare District.
The primary objective of The Healthcare District’s Mobile Health Clinic is to increase access to preventative and primary care, mental health services and management of chronic conditions for those who do not traditionally seek health care. The Mobile Health Clinic is station in various locations within the City limits.
The Lord’s Place conducts regular outreaches at prominent city parks and other areas frequently visited by the homeless community, on-call deployment to assist those who are in need, and informational outreach to local businesses that may interface with persons experiencing homelessness. They also provide community referrals to a variety of local partner agencies and coordination with the City’s Police Department and others.
St. Ann Place provides homeless individuals with a variety of basic services that include shower and laundry services, hygiene products, meals, health advocacy, and many more. The City’s Vickers House is stationed at St. Ann Place four (4) times per week.
Other Partnerships / External Resources
Overall, the City works closely internally and with many committed and talented social service providers, faith-based organizations, and the public sector on varying program and activities. City partners include but are not limited to:
- West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority
- Senator Philip D. Lewis Homeless Center
- Homeless and Housing Alliance (HHA) of Palm Beach County
- Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County
- Palm Beach County Division of Human Services
- The Health Care District of Palm Beach County
- Palm Beach County HIV CARE Council
- The Lord’s Place
- Catholic Charities
- West Palm Beach VA Medical Center
- Gulfstream Goodwill Industries
- St. Ann Place
- Vita Nova
- Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Palm Beach District Council
- Family Promise
For further information visit or contact:
811 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
To report homeless congregations or encampments please contact::
WPB Homeless Engagement Team at (561)234-6752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Illegal activities should be reported to the:
WPB Police Department at (561) 822-1900 or call 911 for emergencies.
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