The 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.
Help us prevent and end homelessness among families and children in Collier County. Please join the Board and friends of the Hunger & Homeless Coalition at the Naples Beach Hotel the evening of Friday, November 20.
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