County’s homeless population hiding in plain sight

Santa Rosa County has a homeless problem. They may not be asking for change on every street corner or sleeping on benches in every public park, but there is a problem.

The problem is they are invisible.

That is how Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless marketing director Serene Keiek describes it. The coalition provides support services and referrals for the homeless of Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

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Homeless camp

A tree acts as a coat hook in a patch of woods in Navarre known for housing the area homeless. A mattress, rain soaked blankets, patches of moist cardboard, broken chairs and other discarded items litter the ground. The area lacks any shelter from the elements.

Homeless camp bed

A memorial stands on Highway 98 honoring the “Bike Lady” of Navarre, homeless woman Elizabeth Allmon. She was killed after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle.

A memorial stands on Highway 98 honoring the “Bike Lady” of Navarre, homeless woman Elizabeth Allmon. She was killed after being hit by a car while riding her bicycle.

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