Programs

Housing
Housing

Housing is a critical component to securing other resources for those families and individuals in need of stability. Unfortunately, today in Southwest Florida we do not have an adequate supply of housing that is affordable to the homeless and extremely low-income populations. We as a community must be creative and consider innovative solutions.

In Charlotte County today there is no shelter or emergency housing option for unaccompanied runaway or homeless youth. Youth from Charlotte County must either go to Sarasota or Lee County in order to find housing. We will pursue partnerships and housing options for youth and family services to address the needs of homeless youth in all of Southwest Florida.

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Veterans
Veterans

In 2017 the United States Interagency on Homelessness, Department of Housing and Development and Department of Veterans Affairs confirmed that the Punta Gorda/Charlotte County Continuum of Care effectively ended homelessness among veterans in Charlotte County.

Veterans are a top priority for housing, and the Gulf Coast Partnership works with many organizations and programs such as Jewish Family & Children Services, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Healthcare for Homeless Veterans, HUD VASH, and Volunteers of America with the goal of housing veterans and their families.

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Economic Stability
Economic Stability

Whether it is educating individuals directly through programs like Getting Ahead classes or helping local businesses create jobs that take advantage of tax credits for employing homeless and extremely low- income people, we believe that economic stability is a key component of preventing and ending homelessness.

Everyone deserves to enjoy the comfort of knowing that they are in control of their money and have the tools to create a bright future for themselves and their families.

At Gulf Coast Partnership we will help individuals and businesses realize the goal of financial freedom and security.

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Prevention & Early Intervention
Prevention & Early Intervention

We love to consider our children the inventors, dreamers, and architects of the future. However, the sad reality is that some children today are homeless or will become homeless at some point in their lives.

Fortunately, through programs such as H.I.P.P.Y. and the Charlotte County Community Schools Homeless Education Project, children and families have support, tools, and opportunities that would not otherwise be given to them to help keep them happy, healthy, and housed.

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Health & Human Services
Health & Human Services

While providing basic needs and means to live are essential to our mission, the Gulf Coast Partnership and its partners also seek to improve and protect the health and well-being of everyone we serve.

By using an integrated care model that unites our community partners in an effort to get help to those who need it most, we are able to use our resources more effectively and help more people in need quicker.

The GCP supports community partners such as Charlotte County Human Services and Charlotte County Behavioral Health.

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Coordinated Entry
Coordinated Entry

CES (Coordinated Entry System) is a client-centered process that through a data driven real time process streamlines access to the most appropriate housing intervention for individuals or families experiencing homelessness. Some of the benefits of having a CES is that it increases coordination and collaboration between community providers and it allows a more efficient targeting and use of resources.

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Safety & Outreach
Safety & Outreach

The strength of our community really comes from its citizens. The Gulf Coast Partnership and our community partners rely heavily on volunteers and professionals that call Southwest Florida home.

Working closely with highly skilled retirees allows us to utilize resources that would otherwise go untapped to help so many people in need.

It takes a connected community to provide the highest possible care and safety for people that need services.

During the last five years, the Gulf Coast Partnership has provided more than $3 million to support the services of local agencies.

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