Gulf Coast Partnership awarded more than $200,000 to battle homeless issues in Charlotte County

The Department of Housing and Urban Development released $83 million in homeless housing and service programs grants to agencies across the state of Florida earlier this week. One local agency was awarded more than $200,000 in funding.

The Gulf Coast Partnership, which operates in Charlotte County, as the primary umbrella agency that seeks funding for local agencies, received the money from HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) grants.

“This funding is primarily renewals for ongoing programs,” said Angela Hogan, GCP CEO. The exception is the CoC Planning grant in the amount of $7,526. HUD set forth a system for agencies like Gulf Coast to lead the way in grant applications.

Gulf Coast also receives $70,061 for the CoC CIS grant, which helps pay for the county’s community information database. Hogan said the funding supports the training of staff, software, licensing and to produce goal-oriented and production-related reports on clients served by human service agencies.

The remaining grants will go directly to Jewish Family & Children’s Service of the Suncoast (JFCS). JFCS will receive $129,511 to provide housing for chronically homeless people with disabilities.

The Gulf Coast Partnership (GCP) exists as a community-wide initiative to understand homelessness, identify best practices to meet the needs of the homeless and those at risk of homelessness, and to forge a community consensus implementing strategies to raise the quality of life for all Charlotte County Residents.

By applying for grants through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Health and Human Services, Florida Department of Children and Families, and the Florida Office on Homelessness; the Gulf Coast Partnership is able to bring operational support funding to organizations in Charlotte County.

We believe we can have a community where homelessness is brief, rare, and nonrecurring. The work of the Gulf Coast Partnership is of a quality that builds confidence among stakeholders, funders, and citizens. We bring practical innovations that help people and organizations. For more information, visit www.gulfcoastpartnership.org