Through capacity building, partnership, and technology, the GCP brings service programs together, while focusing limited community resources on the most vulnerable populations living in the community.
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The Gulf Coast Partnership's mission is to facilitate community-wide initiatives to understand community needs, identify and implement best practices to meet those needs, and to raise the quality of life for all residents.
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The Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board has selected Charlotte County to receive $29,028 in Phase 39 and $89,317 in Phase ARPA-R to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county and are not intended as the primary or reoccurring source of funding. This program is administered locally by the Gulf Coast Partnership.
In Charlotte County, we have come together to support youth experiencing homelessness. We will achieve this through defining and improving our support systems for youth experiencing homelessness. Ultimately, we want youth experiencing homelessness to be safe with stable housing as quickly as possible.
The Charlotte County Continuum of Care (CoC) was one of only 33 communities awarded Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project (YHDP) funding in 2021. The entire allocation is $1,130,108 to be used for YHDP over a two-year period. The Coordinated Community Plan (CCP) to End Youth Homelessness outlines the background of the uses of these funds to help youth experiencing homelessness in Charlotte County.
Project Expansion will assist Homeless Families with Schoolchildren obtain Housing in Charlotte County
The Gulf Coast Partnership is expanding its successful Charlotte County Homeless Families project to improve the effectiveness of the homeless response system and assist families with school-age children experiencing a housing crisis in Charlotte County. This expansion has recently been supported by a $35,000 grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation, made possible through the Miriam P. Raines Charitable Fund at Gulf Coast.
Notice of Funding Opportunity for Homeless Providers Grant and Per Diem (GPD) Program Special Need Grant
VA announces the availability of approximately $5 million per year for 3 years in new special need grants to eligible entities for per diem payments to facilitate housing stabilization for Veterans who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless and who are in one of the special need populations (i.e., chronically mentally ill, frail elderly, individuals who care for minor dependents, terminally ill or women). This funding will provide assistance to cover operational costs including costs that would not otherwise be incurred, but for the fact that the recipient is providing supportive housing beds in private rooms with private bathrooms for a homeless Veteran population with special needs. VA expects to award per diem for approximately 135 beds across approximately 10-15 grants with this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
Data quality reports are generated from the Gulf Coast Partnership’s Community Information System (CIS). These reports provide a snapshot of the quality of data being entered into the county wide database used to help us prevent and end homelessness in Charlotte County. The reports are broken down by agency and project. If you have any questions about the reports, please contact Gaither Stephens at 941-626-0220 x3.
Great opportunity being offered to every First Responder and Essential Service organization serving SW Florida they will underwrite and offer through their organizations – FREE REGISTRATIONS to all their employees! That is 59,600 employees! This program is called OUR HEROES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM. Register for our conference today to help this program succeed today and in the future!
United Way of Charlotte County can help you get your taxes prepared for FREE!!!
Did You Earn Less Than $66,000 Last Year?
United Way’s free tax preparation program helps residents who earn a household income of $66,000 or less. You can have your federal tax returns prepared, e-filed and direct deposited for FREE by United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. United Way IRS-certified volunteers who are passionate about taxes will prepare your return and determine if you are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or Child Tax Credits when you file.
VITA gives you two options to choose from to file your tax return:
Filed for You – FREE Tax Preparation
We offer 3 locations: Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte & Englewood. Contact the United Way of Charlotte County to schedule an appointment and allow an IRS-certified volunteer to prepare and e-file your tax return for FREE! Call us at (941) 627-3539 to schedule your appointment TODAY! Or go online to: www.unitedwayccfl.org/free-tax-prep
File Online for FREE
If you have access to a computer and would like to file your own taxes free of charge, United Way can help you with that too! Log on to www.myfreetaxes.com. It’s simple, fast and secure.
UWCC’s VITA program will be following CDC Guidelines for COVID-19 health and safety protocols including wearing face masks.
In addition, we will be offering the following options for tax preparation:
In-Person – Similar to previous years with the addition of health and safety guidelines being followed.
Low Contact – Volunteers will not have in-person contact with clients. The clients will drop off their tax documents to an intake person. The volunteers will prepare the return at a location with other volunteers present. Volunteers will have the opportunity to call the client with any necessary questions. Clients will return to the drop-off site to pick up their returns.
No Contact – Same as the above process for low contact, but volunteers will work out of the comfort of their homes.
FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS IN
Every Thursday as follows:
Monday, March 2nd
Human Services at 23400 Harold Ave
Every other Thursday, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18
Lunes, Marzo 2
Cada 2 semanas los Jueves 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart at 211 W Charlotte Ave
Every other Thursday, 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25 Cada 2 semanas los Jueves 2/11, 2/25, 3/11, 3/25
10:00 a.m.—12:00 p.m.
Based on the cold weather forecast starting tonight February 2nd and tomorrow night February 3rd Charlotte County will open cold weather shelter. The Homeless Coalition will provide warm shelter in their dining room beginning tonight at 6pm.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program National Board has selected Charlotte County to receive $29,319 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county and are not intended as the primary or reoccurring source of funding. This program is administered locally by the Gulf Coast Partnership. Due to a delay in notification of this award, there is an expedited eligible spending period of 3/1/2021 through 5/31/2021.
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES Act) provided for a supplemental appropriation of Homeless Assistance Grants under the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program. As the legislation states, the CARES Act provides for homeless assistance funds to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts created by coronavirus.
The Gulf Coast Partnership, through the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, has received a letter of intent to award for the second allocation of ESG-CV2 funds – an appropriation of up to $1,491,708. As it is imperative that these additional funds are spent appropriately and efficiently, the Gulf Coast Partnership is seeking proposals for projects/programs in Charlotte County, Florida. Activities should address the Charlotte County CoC (FL-602) CoC Plan and the Department of Children and Families initiatives towards ending homelessness. Interested parties may submit a proposal using the template below to address how your organization and programs will address needs and coordinate services in the community. Complete each section and return to Angela Hogan at [email protected] no later than Monday, February 8, 2021 at 4:00pm all questions relating to this Request for Proposals should be submitted to Angela Hogan via email. Contacting other Gulf Coast Partnership Staff or Board Members specifically regarding this solicitation could result in proposal disqualification.
Charlotte County struggled with a low paying service workforce, lack of affordable housing, poverty, and homelessness long before the pandemic. When COVID hit, the challenges in fighting those issues only grew. But by the end of 2020, the community managed to achieve a goal that few other communities have. Charlotte County met the benchmarks required to effectively end chronic homelessness. This means that long-lasting and recurring homelessness was essentially eliminated in the community.
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Angela Hogan moved to Florida from Brattleboro, Vermont in 2003 with her husband, John, and four children; Kayla; Brian; Nikki; and Dylan. Angela received her B.A in Social-Psychology and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Norwich Military Academy.
Angela’s working career has included Camp Director for 200 low-income girls, Case Manager for an in-patient Psychiatric Hospital, Technical Writer for a Nuclear Power Plant, and Grants Writer for the Sarasota Family YMCA. She began work at The Homeless Coalition in 2008 and was Executive Director from 2009 until 2017.
Angela has spear-headed multiple building campaigns for youth housing and shelter projects as well as managing foster care/child welfare contracts in excess of $80,000,000 per year. In 2005 Angela designed the YMCA Reads Program, with a 1.5 million dollar earmark from the Florida Legislature, to bring one on one reading mentors to 1st and 2nd grade students at 35 of Florida’s lowest performing schools. In 2007 Angela was one of the founding members of Vision North Port and the Imagine North Port Community Master Planning Initiative.
Angela, as CEO of The Gulf Coast Partnership and Lead Agency for the Continuum of Care on Homelessness, guides successful strategic planning and community building to assist the homeless and agencies that serve the homeless and poverty stricken populations of Charlotte County.
Tracy came to The Homeless Coalition in 2007. Starting as an intake coordinator Tracy worked to assist clients with access to needed programs. Shortly after starting Tracy’s’ skill sets moved her into the role of bookkeeper where she served until being promoted into the capacity of H.M.I.S Administrator, serving in that position until March of 2010.
Tracy was again promoted to the leadership role of Grants Administrator where she serves today. During the last two years Tracy has administered more than $1.5 million dollars in grant awards.
Kelly Hunter was born in Anderson, Indiana and grew up in Noblesville until the age of 11, when her family moved to Charlotte County to be near her maternal grandparents. A born advocate for those without a voice, Kelly knew early on in life that she wanted to make a positive impact on the lives of others. In fourth grade, she requested that her elementary school administration allow her to give up recess to volunteer with the mentally and physically challenged children who also attended her school; she continued to do this daily for the next couple of years. By fifth grade she was voted “Most Likely” to take over for Dear Abby, as her friends would always come to her for advice. Kelly’s passion for advocacy and volunteer work did not end once she moved to Florida. Kelly began volunteering throughout Charlotte County with various organizations, community projects and again became her peers “go to” for advice and guidance. Following graduation from Port Charlotte High School in 1994, Kelly moved to Orange County, California in search of the young woman she was to become. Things weren’t so sunny once she arrived at the bus station in Los Angeles, where she was informed that her luggage had been lost and wouldn’t arrive for 3 days. Kelly found herself stranded in the heart of Skid Row and it was there that her life was forever changed. As she looked around, she began to feel as if she were in the middle of a movie; surrounded by the homeless, mentally ill, prostitutes and drug addicts, she realized she had led a very blessed but sheltered life and needed to do something. Kelly spent the next three days getting to know the names and stories of many of these individuals and was inspired to begin volunteering at the Union Mission in downtown LA. In 1998, Kelly moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she continued her efforts to bring awareness and change to the surmounting issues many individuals and families are faced with every day. Kelly returned to Charlotte County in 2003 with her husband and three children and was surprised to see that people were homeless in this community, as this wasn’t the case when she left 9 years prior. Kelly has sense been working to educate community members about the lasting effects of homelessness in hopes that more residents and organizations will get involved in the fight to prevent and end homelessness in Charlotte County. Kelly received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2011 and was recruited by the Charlotte County Homeless Coalition where she joined the AmeriCorps VISTA program, becoming the Coordinator for the Faces of Homelessness Speaker’s Bureau. For the last three years, Kelly has worked at Charlotte Behavioral Health Care as a Targeted Case Manager for adults with mental health and substance use disorders. Kelly is a Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager with more than 24 years’ experience working with our nation’s most vulnerable populations. Kelly possesses the knowledge, skills and compassion needed to inspire our community to work together in preventing and ending homelessness.
Denise Dull moved to Charlotte County in 1996 from Coatesville, Pennsylvania a small town just outside of Philadelphia. Denise attended LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, PA and graduated with a B.A. in Business Administration.
Denise’s professional career has included 20 years of experience with a large Pennsylvania based Insurance Company which specialized in providing coverage and services for businesses involved in the transportation and remediation of hazardous materials. It was during this time that she became a Certified Property & Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), the highest designation awarded to insurance professionals. During her time spent in the “insurance arena” Denise also worked in regulatory, compliance and quality control before relocating to Florida. Denise has spent the last 8 ½ hears prior to landing at The Gulf Coast Partnership as Director of Marketing for a local Professional Employer Organization. Denise has served on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte County Chamber of Commerce and as President in 2018. She has donated time and efforts to fundraising initiatives for many local non-profits and continues to remain active in local government and community awareness campaigns.
Shannon Miller has been in Charlotte County since the age of 2. Her mother’s family were early settlers to this area, and many family members still reside here. Shannon is a proud graduate of Charlotte High and Edison Community College. In 2014, Shannon graduated from Everglades University with her B.S. in Alternative and Renewable Energy Management.
Before joining the Gulf Coast Partnership team, Shannon was employed for 19 years at Waste Management. Shannon has experience in accounts receivables, collections, payroll and benefits, HR, office management, and sales. In October 2020, Shannon accepted the role of Grants and Contracts Administrator at the Gulf Coast Partnership.
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