CoC Project Priority List Available for Inspection

The Continuum of Care of Collier County is preparing its FY2015 Consolidated Application to HUD.  Project applications for eligible renewal project and proposals for new projects to be funded under the Permanent Housing Bonus have been submitted, reviewed, and accepted and ranked.  Applications are available to the community for inspection by clicking on the CoC tab above.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

handhweek-logoThe Hunger & Homeless Coalition will, once again, lead local activites during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness week, November 14-22.  Held each year the week before Thanksgiving, a time when we all take time to think about what we are thankful for, it is a perfect time to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness, and work toward a community where no one experiences hunger or homelessness.

Our staff, board, and community advocates are working together to help change the conversation about stereotypes, improve policies that provide decent and affordable housing, and help service providers.  For this year’s activities, we are focusing on Keeping Families Together through Rapid Rehousing programs and diverting families from emergency shelter.

We’ll keep you posted as plans develop.  For now, plan to join us for our annual dinner on Friday, November 20 at the Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club and add a stop at the Waterside Shops at Pelican Bay Sundays in November to help mall management and proprietors in support of the Hunger & Homeless Coalition.

2015 Point-In-Time Count


Homeless Girl CroppedFor two days in January, the Hunger & Homeless Coalition joined forces with volunteers and community partner agencies to conduct a survey of those experiencing homelessness or at risk of becoming homeless.  Individuals and families residing in emergency shelters and those living in homeless encampments, hotels and motels, and other places not intended for human habitation were included in the count.

This snapshot of homelessness on a single night provides insight into the characteristics and needs of those who face homelessness in our community.  Equally important, the data gathered are submitted to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and used by Congress to guide national funding priorities.

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition prepares an Annual Snap Shot on homelessness.  To view and download a copy of the 2015 Snap Shot click here.

2015 CoC Board

At its Annual Meeting in January, the CoC elected its Executive Committee.  In addition to officers, the Executive Committee includes a representative of the Collaborative Applicant (Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County) and the HMIS Lead (Catholic Charities of Collier County).  The CoC Board comprises the Executive Committee and Chairs of the Standing Committees.  The Executive Committee is grateful that many of the standing committee chairs have agreed to continue in their roles.  There is one key vacancy for the chair of the Data/HMIS Committee and interested persons are encouraged to contact a member of the Executive Committee for more information.

We thank the following persons and their agencies for agreeing to assume leadership roles in the CoC for 2015.

Executive Committee

Chair-Dannielle Brun, Career Source Southwest Florida/Henkels & McCoy

Vice Chair-Sandra Marrero, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children

Secretary-Jessica Wasko, Providence House

Collaborative Applicant-Rene Givens, Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County

HMIS Lead-Rene Givens, Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County

Standing Committee Chairs


Employment & Supportive Services-Fred Richards, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida

Grants-Pamela Baker, Youth Haven

Housing-Angela Edison, Collier County Housing Authority


Planning-Executive Committee

Youth-Tom Wedlock, Collier County Sheriff’s Office

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