People experiencing homelessness use service centers, shelters, missions, and
other voluntary organizations to access material resources and social networks.
Because these service hubs have a dense array of resources, people sometimes
incorporate them into their daily movements around urban space, which results
in patterns or tendencies called mobility systems. Drawing on participant
observation, document analysis, and spatial analytics via geographic information
systems (GIS), we describe the mobility system organized around one
homeless services center in Tallahassee, Florida. Moreover, we present a case
study of how this homeless services center was moved away from downtown to
an upgraded facility to show how city administrators manage homeless mobility
systems when they are deemed unsafe for downtown redevelopment. The
case supports previous studies that found punitive and supportive strategies
are used together, but adds how mobility and “network capital” can be used to
evaluate center relocations in the future.