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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.

Coordinated Entry Access Points

Are you homeless? Are you looking for somewhere safe to stay or a place to call home? We can help!

Landlord Engagement

Are you a landlord? Are you tired of the stresses of screening potential tenants and advertising vacancies? We can help!

Community Leader Breakfast

Each year we recognize community leaders, organizations, or educational institutions that positively affect low-income people in the area of employment.


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.


From our blog

Emergency Food and Shelter Program Charlotte County

Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Phase 39 and ARPA-R

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.

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Community Plan to End Youth Homelessness

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.

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Project Expansion will assist Homeless Families with Schoolchildren obtain Housing 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.

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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).

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March 2021 CIS Data Quality Reports

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.

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Join now for a full scholarship to the 2021 Imagine Solutions Conference!

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! 

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Your Tax Refund is Waiting – and You Shouldn’t Have to Pay to Get it!

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.

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Food Distributions in Charlotte County



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.

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FEMA-EFSP Local Board Funding Available

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.

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Emergency Solutions Grant – CV2 (ESG-CV2)

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.

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Despite the Pandemic, Charlotte County, Florida has Effectively Ended Chronic Homelessness

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
Angela Hogan
Tracy Hille
Tracy Hille
Chief Operating Officer
Kelly Hunter
Kelly Hunter
Director of Coordinated Services
Denise Dull
Denise Dull
Director of Landlord Engagement
Shannon Miller
Shannon Miller
Grants & Contracts Administrator

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Punta Gorda, FL 33950

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