Today, Fort Lauderdale votes to declare this National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week. That's an anemic response to weeks of protest from a city that has made headlines for passing laws regulating how its homeless can be fed. Its main shelter features only 230 temporary beds. But the county has reported more than 2,700 homeless residents this year.
A count from January 2012 (located at the bottom of this page) put the county's homeless population at 3,183, ranking Broward the sixth-highest in homeless populations among Florida's counties. (Hillsborough was number one.) The homeless population here decreased 12 percent between 2012 and 2013, to 2,810.