Our History

Our organization was formed in 1974 by a group of concerned and engaged social service agencies and religious leaders, Incorporated in 2001 under the name Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville as a 501(c)(3) organization and lead agency for services in support of ending homelessness in Duval, Nassau and Clay counties, we are now officially known as Changing Homelessness.

Our Vision

An end to homelessness

Our Mission

To guide the community effort to prevent and end homelessness by providing leadership, advocacy, support, standards, and funding.

As the Collaborative Applicant for the Northeast Florida Continuum of Care, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) program and grant application, we foster communication and provide training to 50 member agencies that offer direct services to those in need. Always in search for new grants and funding opportunities for our Mission, we are also in charge of providing data collection coordination for these services through the Homeless Information Management System (HMIS), ensuring useful data with the highest integrity possible. We analyze this data to trend changes occurring in the populations our member agencies serve. By tracking these changes, we ensure services rendered are accurately addressing specific needs of those experiencing homelessness or those living in poverty. Additionally, we coordinate the annual Point-In-Time Count, a national survey, and census that allow a broad, as well as specific, viewpoint of trends.