Electric bill assistance to low-income Collier residents

Publication2The Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church administers the state funded LIHEAP Program funds, providing low-income Collier County residents with assistance to pay past-due electric bills.  As with most agencies, funds are limited and 20 clients will receive assistance each month.

Applicants may apply for assistance Wednesday and Thursday of each week from 10 am until 2 pm.  The church is located at 1003 3rd Ave N, at the corner of 10th St and 3rd Ave N in Naples.

Please bring the following items:

  • Social Security cards for every member of the household
  • Food Stamp eligibility letter showing who is eligible and the amount of assistance
  • Electric Bill
  • Picture ID, preferably a driver’s license
  • If you receive HUD assistance, your TTP paper
  • Proof of income (not more than 30 days old)

No appointment is necessary and assistance will be provided on a first come, first served basis.  Assistance is for electric bills only, no assistance with rent or other utilities is available.

If you have questions, please contact the Reverend Lonnie Mills, Ms. Irene Williams, or Ms. Voncile Whitaker at the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church at 239-262-4877.

Homelessness Prevention Grant Request for Proposals

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition requests proposals from Collier County non-profit agencies to administer as sub-grantee homelessness prevention programs under the Florida Department of Children and Families, Office on Homelessness, 2014 Homelessness Prevention Grant (Grant Application #LPZ13).

Eligible activities include:

  • Payment of past due rent or mortgage payments, not to exceed 4 months
  • Payment of past due utility bills, not to exceed 4 months in arrears
  • Staff and operating costs for mandatory case management
  • Administrative costs, up to 3%

Agencies with the capacity and interest in administering homelessness prevention programs should review the LPZ13 Homeless Prevention RFP and submit a one-page letter of intent no later than 5 pm, Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

The one page letter should include:

  1. Your agency name, your name and contact information.
  2. The amount of grant assistance requested; an overview of eligible grant activities to be assisted; estimated number of eligible families to be served; the staff person to serve as the point of contact for the application, including phone number and email address.
  3. Your agency’s ability to meet the following statutory preference criteria to be used in evaluating proposals: leverage additional private funds and public funds to fund grant eligible financial assistance and case management costs; demonstrate the effectiveness of the homeless prevention programs in keeping families housed; commitment of other assistance and services to address family health, employment and education needs.
  4. E-mail letter of intent to the Hunger & Homeless Coalition on or before June 10th to:  executivedirector@collierhomelesscoalition.org and programs@collierhomelesscoalition.org.

The CoC Ranking & Review Committee will review proposed projects and make its recommendation to the Hunger & Homeless Coalition and the CoC Executive Committee.  The full proposal will be developed with the assistance of Hunger & Homeless Coalition staff to meet the published deadline.

If you have questions, please contact Rene Givens at programs@collierhomelesscoalition.org or phone 263-9363.

Florida Fitness Coaches help support area teens

Fl Fitness Thank You

With your help the Hunger & Homeless Coalition of Collier County is making a difference in the lives of teens in our community living in a variety of temporary situations, sleeping in cars, abandoned buildings and motels or staying night-to-night in the homes of friends or family members.

We extend our deepest gratitude and hope we can count on your support in the future.






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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