2015 Challenge Grant

Funding up to $200,000 available to support the implementation of the CoC’s homeless assistance plan.

RFPThe Florida Department of Children and Families, Office on Homelessness posted 2015 Challenge Grant funding on the VBS Friday afternoon.  This grant program provides funding to lead agencies of homeless assistance Continuums of Care (CoC) who may allocate the grant funds to programs, services, or housing providers that support the implementation of the local CoC plan.

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition, as the lead agency for Collier County, seeks partners to implement projects included in the community’s 10 Year Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness. Community partners with existing capacity to provide support services and resources for provision of wrap around services to ensure housing stability for persons to successfully maintain their housing or to prevent homelessness are encouraged to review the application and consider a proposal.

To be eligible for funding, programs and projects must:

  • directly assist individuals or households who are homeless, or those at risk of becoming homeless.
  • assist those clients with an annual median income (AMI) of up to 50%
  • provide services by June 30, 2016
  • be clearly and specifically identified in the written CoC plan, or amended to the plan

Financial information:

  • matching funds or in-kind support in an amount equal to the grant requested are required.
  • lead agency can spend a maximum f 8% of its grant award on administrative costs

Deadline for submission:  September 1, 2015

Anticipated effective date of grant agreement:  October 30, 2015

For more information, phone (239) 263-9363 or email Angela Fisher at executivedirector@collierhomelesscoalition.org or Rene Givens at programs@collierhomelesscoalition.org no later than July 28, 2015.

Collier County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee

You are being invited to give your input on potential affordable housing incentives in our community.  Per Board of County Commissioners (BCC) directive, the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC), along with members of the public are tasked with bringing back to the BCC incentives to implement this fall.  As a developer, builder, financier, employer or a member of the community interested in or affected by this topic, you are being invited to provide input on which incentives get recommended.    This will be a publicly advertised meeting open to the public.  This invitation is to reach as many people as possible so please feel free to forward this to any associates whom you feel may be interested.

This meeting will be held on August 14, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. in the 5th Floor Training Room of the Administration building (Bldg. F) located at 3339 Tamiami Trail East, Naples, FL 34112.

Please Join Us

Save the Date Website

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.

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.

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