We Advocate and Educate with the Goal to End Homelessness

We understand the value of building and sustaining lasting relationships with local, state and national government officials.

In 2015, we managed approximately $8 million dollars in local, state and federal grants, including the City of Jacksonville, the State of Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

We collaborate with our consortium of member agencies to develop performance standards in order to guide each agency and determine the most effective and efficient use of funding in the community. By utilizing the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), we review each member agency’s monthly reports to help them improve their service models. We provide ongoing training to continually improve service delivery, and we disseminate best practices  to ensure the most effective, data-driven methods are implemented throughout the continuum to end homelessness – for good.

History of our Grant Awards

U.S. H.U.D. Continuum of Care Grant
Funded since 2000, this grant provides significant federal funding for our communities. Over $4,000,000 supports Member Agency programs that provide shelter, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, and other supportive services to Northeast Florida’s most needy individuals and families.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF Grant) – Veteran Assistance
In 2012, we were awarded a $1,000,000 Supportive Services for Veteran Families grant to serve Veteran families in Duval County. We coordinated the distribution of funds and monitored the program. Our sub-grantees (Catholic Charities, Clara White Mission, Gateway Community Services, Jewish Family & Community Services, River Region Human service, The Salvation Army and The Sulzbacher Center) provided direct service. Our total SSVF grant awards total $5,000,000.

In 2013, this grant was expanded to serve Clay and Nassau counties and two more partners joined our team, The Barnabas Center and Community Connections. This grant provided case management and temporary financial assistance to individual Veterans or Veteran families experiencing homelessness or extreme housing crises through:

  1. Case Management – identifies barriers to stable housing, provides referrals to cover needs (job placement assistance, child care, SNAP, etc.) and supports to help clients develop a plan to remain stably housed. All eligible SSVF clients will be assigned a case manager.
  2. Prevention Assistance Funding* – is provided as a Congressional “set aside” specifically for Veterans who will become literally homeless without SSF
  3. Rapid Re-housing* – provides financial assistance to help homeless veterans move from the street or emergency shelter into housing as quickly as possible
    * Households must meet strict minimum eligibility to quality for prevention funds.

Point-in-Time Count

We are required by  H.U.D. to conduct the Point-in-Time Count (PIT) in our region. This is a national, annual one-day snapshot count and survey of the homeless population. The information gathered is used to assess how we are doing as a community and nation to address the needs of people experiencing homelessness. It allows us to analyze data about the population we serve as well as the reports of which affect national and state funding. Each year, more than 100  volunteers survey homeless individuals at homeless shelters and facilities, as well as on the streets.