Entries by Monique Elton

What is a coordinated entry system?

What is a coordinated entry system? Think of coordinated entry as match.com for persons experiencing homelessness and housing programs. The concept of coordinated entry is to create a comprehensive system that quickly and effectively matches individuals and families to housing. The Northeast Florida Continuum of Care launched our local coordinated entry system in 2014. The […]

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 Foundation awarded our community a grant that has accelerated this effort incredibly. A full-time Coordinator was hired, which coupled […]

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 how we are doing as a community and as a nation on homelessness. Locally, the PIT […]

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, here are a few we think are the most impactful 1. Give your […]

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 (VA), Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and local agencies working to end homelessness also greeted session attendees. All in […]

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 by the work we need to do. Yet, when we stop to look around, […]

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 community by name.  I am a new member of the board of Changing Homelessness, and I […]

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. I was invited in my capacity as the Social Services Manager at Mission House, a small homeless day facility in […]