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Homeless Services Program History


The history of substantive federal, state, and local funding of coordinated homeless programs and services began in 1996.  That was the first year a US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Supportive Housing Programs (SHP) award was granted for a consolidated Palm Beach County application under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act.

Before this award, local funds from multiple sources supported small programs, but this 1996 HUD SHP award introduced federal HUD funds into the local equation.  Because HUD had the preponderance of funds targeting comprehensive programs and services for homeless individuals and families with children, the HUD model called the Supportive Housing Program Continuum of Care was adopted; each year since 1996, SHP applications have been written consistent with the Continuum of Care concept. 

Palm Beach County Division of Human Services (‘Human Services’) was involved in the original application and continued to receive funding annually adding more programs and services.  Human Services now serves as the Lead Entity, coordinating the Homeless Continuum process. The HUD SHP funding award for 2005 was $3,932,678; for 2006 it was $4,240,402 and for 2007 it was $4,289,363.

Homelessness is a very complex problem. There is seldom a single reason that a person, or a family, becomes homeless. A variety of problems increase a persons risk for homelessness including unemployment, poor physical health, mental illness, disability, substance abuse, domestic violence, or lack of affordable housing.   The needs of the homeless vary to the extent that the cause of their homelessness varies.



Contact Information


Wendy Tippett
Director of Human Services

810 Datura Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Phone: 561-355-4775
e-mail us


Homeless Services Access


To access Homeless Services call

Senator Philip D. Lewis Center





North County Office
1440 Martin Luther King Blvd
Riviera Beach, Fl. 33404
Phone: 561-845-4644

South County Office
225 South Congress Ave.
Delray Beach, Fl. 33444
Phone: 561-274-3130

West County Office
38754 State Road 80
Belle Glade, FL. 33430
Phone: 561-996-1630

Homeless Services
1150 45th Street
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

1250 Southwinds Drive
Lantana, FL 33462

Senator Philip D. Lewis Center
1000 45th Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33407
Phone: 561-904-7900
Kim Parnett/Wendy Olds, Casework Supervisors