3 Reasons our Youth 100-Day Challenge could end today and we’d be grateful!

3 Reasons our Youth 100-Day Challenge could end today and we’d be grateful! Since 2015, a core group of youth-serving providers and Changing Homelessness have focused on young adults experiencing homelessness. In 2019, the Florida Blue…

Volunteers Matter

Changing Homelessness is looking for 200 volunteers to help with this year’s Point in Time count (PIT). The PIT is a national, annual census and survey of the homeless population. The information collected during the PIT helps us assess…

5 Ways to Give this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a time of reflecting and sharing your gifts with the causes you feel most passionately about. Have you considered how you might give? Well, we have, and there are many different ways to extend your kindness this season,…

7 Lessons I learned from Jacksonville's Built for Zero Initiative

On April 26th, I attended the Built for Zero Learning Session about Veteran Homelessness at the Legends Center. It started with City Councilman Terrance Freeman welcoming everyone. The leaders from the Mayor’s Office, the Veterans Administration…

The Top 3 Reasons We Love Our Volunteers

This month we recognize and thank community members who come alongside us as we strive to end homelessness. 1. Volunteers help make the work we do possible. As we move towards the goal of hitting functional zero, we can become overwhelmed…

Thoughts from a New Board Member

The point-in-time count is an annual census of the homeless population of Northeast Florida taken on a single day.  Changing Homelessness takes this census with volunteers from the community in an effort to know every member of the homeless…

3 Key Messages from Northeast FL to HUD's Secretary Ben Carson?

If you had the chance, what would you say to Secretary Ben Carson? Thanks to the National Alliance on Ending Homelessness, I joined leaders from 14 other communities to meet with Secretary Carson and senior HUD staff. So what was the…

Functional zero is a pretty complex idea

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a Community Solutions Built for Zero Learning Session in Detroit, Michigan, to participate in the Northeast Florida Continuum of Care’s (CoC) ongoing work addressing homelessness in our community.…

Focus on where you want to go not on what you fear

As a new employee here at Changing Homelessness I wasn’t sure what to expect during my first street count. Honestly, I was scared! The thought that rushed through my mind was an unfortunate encounter I had more than 10 years ago in the…

Giving Heals the Heart and Transforms Pain into Possibilities

If it hadn't been for my dad’s suicide, a teenage life riddled with domestic violence and my best friend dying of AIDS when we were 26, I would not have gone back to school at 35 with the pure intent to make a difference in the world. Going…