Why Change is Necessary


As a nonprofit organization that deals with addiction, mental health, and homelessness daily we keep track of statistics and people that are affected. More people are affected by these issues than you think.

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Substance Use

Over 22 million people suffer from addiction.

Drug overdose deaths are only increasing.

What are the barriers to overcoming the opioid epidemic?

barriers to solving the opioid epidemic

Drug related deaths are going up each year.

Drug deaths have increased by 63,000 from 2000 to 2015. 

America has the highest drug related deaths in the world.

Opioid overdose causes most deaths in the USA. There were 16,999  opioid related deaths a year in South Florida.

Florida has the second most deaths in USA at 4,698/year.


There are currently over 600,000 people experiencing homlessness in the US.

Over 30,000 of those people are in Florida.

Homeless services systems do not have enough resources to fully meet the needs of everyone experiencing homelessness.

Housing beds have decreased by 9% over the last 5 years. 

There is only enough resources, such as beds, for 51% of individuals experiencing homelessness. 

Why are people experiencing homelessness?

Over 38.1 million people in the U.S. live in poverty. They struggle to afford necessities such as housing. Seven percent of Americans spend over 50% of their income on housing and this number is only increasing. 

Mental Illness

Over 52 million people experienced mentall illness in the US.

Only 45% of adults with mentall illness received the necessry treatment.

The delay between onset of symptoms and treamtent is 11 years.

18% of adults with mental illness also experienced a substance use disorder. 

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34. 

The rate of suicide increased by 35% since 1999.

55% of people with mental illnesses did not receive services. 

20% of these people reported they tried to and could not receive treatment for their mental illness.  

Most people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder.