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Launched in 2016 by the Delray Beach Police Department and the City of Delray Beach staff, the DBIEH has grown to include more than 100 members, including social services agencies, the Delray Beach Police Department, health care agencies, and more. Click here to learn more about our partners.
Members of the DBIEH believe that homelessness is not a crime or a disease or a place of shame. Individuals face homelessness for a wide variety of reasons, from job loss to addiction or mental health. Yet, each individual in this situation deserves the dignity, support and services of a caring community.
Other areas in the United States, like Delray Beach, have found success in working together to lift people up and out of the streets into safe shelter. (Success Stories) With the shared goal to end homelessness in Delray Beach, members of the DBIEH are hopeful that this coordinated approach will result in finding shelter and services for those in need.
During 2020, this collaboration proved invaluable when the pandemic forced the closure of the community’s food kitchen, which was serving hot meals every weekday. Thanks to the generous offering of the Delray Beach Library and St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church for the use of their parking lots and the Interfaith Committee for Social Services, which operates the shower truck, critical services continued. People facing homelessness receive hot meals, fresh showers, even new undergarments. Social service agencies are available as well to provide assessments, housing resources and other needed support.
Where are we in the journey to end homelessness?
29 people placed in shelters since January 2021
Start: From January – March 2021, 27 homeless individuals have been placed in housing.
Helping the Homeless in Delray Beach
Shower trucks, necessities (clothes etc.), haircuts
This website was made possible through a generous grant from the Virginia and Harvey Kimmel Family Foundation.