For 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.
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.
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-Angela Fisher, Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County
HMIS Lead-Mary Shaughnessy, Catholic Charities, 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
Membership-Angela Fisher, Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County
Youth-Tom Wedlock, Collier County Sheriff’s Office
In February 2012, the people of Collier County received a new service, Collier 2-1-1 information and referral system, a Community Foundation of Collier County initiative supported by many community partners. It is now two years later and United Way of Collier County has assumed management of this important community resource.
Each month approximately 200 callers—many with nowhere else to turn—receive vital information and referral to screened and approved human service organizations. A call log also provides valuable information that allows the United Way and others to assess greatest community needs and target resources.
Collier 2-1-1, a United Way administered federally designated phone number, works like 9-1-1, but is for non-emergency calls. It utilizes state-of-the-art technology and expertise to connect callers telephonically to services in Collier County. Individuals, families, and businesses receive comprehensive telephone crisis counseling and information and referral services 24-hours a day, 365-days a year in multiple languages to serve our diverse community. In some areas of Collier County 2-1-1 direct dial in unavailable. However, the seven digit number 263-4211 connects callers in all areas.
Community awareness of 2-1-1 is crucial for its success and effectiveness. Please help by spreading the word to those in need, those with a friend or relative in need, and those who offer assistance to others in need. You can also help by adding a Collier 2-1-1 link to your website, embedding it in your newsletter, and displaying 2-1-1 fliers in your place of business. Visit the 2-1-1 website www.collier211.org to register your organization and to download fliers. For additional materials or to arrange for a 2-1-1 informational presentation, phone Roby Quataert at the United Way of Collier County at (239) 261-7112.
With your help, Collier 2-1-1 will only improve with time!