Did you know that 38,000 of Jacksonville seniors live alone on less than $18,000 a year? Many of them don’t have support networks and therefore have needs that go unanswered. Hart Felt Ministries responds to these calls of desperation, helping nearly 500 seniors a year.
Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. (JCCI) released a study that finds the percentage of residents over 55 years old in Northeast Florida is expected to grow from about 20 percent to at least 40 percent over the next 25 years. During the same period, the 65-plus population in Duval County is projected to grow about 79 percent.
Hart Felt staff can attest to an ever-increasing call for help. After the dissolution of another senior citizen non-profit, we have seen an increase in need. We launched the Hart Fund in 2016 to meet financial needs and home repairs and as word spreads about the program, we have seen phone calls nearly double year over year.