Meals of Hope Food Pantry

The Meals of Hope Food Pantry opens for business with its first food distribution Tuesday, November 25 from 2 pm until 5 pm.  The food pantry is at the Golden Gate Senior Center, formerly the Golden Gate Library, at 4898 Coronado Parkway.

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition is pleased to provide the first group of volunteers.  Ten volunteers are needed Monday, November 24 from 5:30 pm until 7:30 pm to stock shelves and assemble bags.  Ten volunteers are also need Tuesday, November 25 from 1:30 pm until 5:30 pm to assist with the food distribution.

Interested volunteers should phone Angela at 239-263-9363 by November 20 to help ensure the proper number of volunteers are available each day.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week

Each year the National Coalition for the Homeless designates the week before Thanksgiving National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.  This year November 15-23 is a week set aside for communities nationwide to contemplate the many gifts we are thankful for and to show compassion for our neighbors who are hungry or experiencing homelessness.

The Naples and Collier County community will gather at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Naples Sunday, November 16, 6-7 pm for a program that includes music, speakers, and a candlelight vigil to remember the homeless who passed on last year.

Please join us.  The Unitarian Universalist Congregation is located at 6340 Napa Woods Way in Naples.  For more information, please phone Angela at 239-253-9363.

2014 CoC Program Project Priority Listing

The CoC met Tuesday, October 29 and approved the 2014 application for funding for the HUD Continuum of Care Program.  In complicance with HUD requirements, the FY2014 CoC FL-606 Project Priority Listing is available for community inspectionto view the Project Priority Listing.

2014 Point-In-Time Count of Homelessness in Collier County


2014 PIT Count HeaderThe 2014 Point-In-Time (PIT) Count of Homelessness in Collier County was conducted the night of January 23, 2014.  The PIT count, conducted nationwide during the last weeks of January each year, provides an annual snapshot of homelessness on a single night.  In Collier County, teams of volunteers join forces with local human services and homeless providers, to conduct surveys among those who are experiencing homelessness.

The data collected allow us to better understand the characteristics and needs of those experiencing homelessness and plan programs that will best help prevent homelessness, reduce the length of homelessness, and reduce returns to homelessness.  The data are submitted to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  HUD submits the PIT reports to Congress with other data on homelessness in the Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR).  The AHAR helps Congress in funding decisions for homeless services programs.

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition prepares an Annual Fact Sheet on homelessness.  Click on the picture above or go to LEARN MORE for the 2014 Fact Sheet.

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