On any given night hundreds of individuals and families are homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless in Palm Beach County. Since 1986, the Homeless Coalition has been the voice of those who are homeless in our community. As a non-profit, the Coalition actively supports the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Palm Beach County.
The Coalition accomplishes its mission through activities associated with advocacy, education, community outreach and raising funds and resources to sustain the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.
For over 25 years, the Homeless Coalition has been the voice for the homeless advocating for their rights and a place they can call home. The Coalition has been a strong leader within the community by recommending policy changes to improve services for the homeless. It also identifies homeless strategies that can produce results, and gets the message out to the community for prompt rapid action. The Coalition’s Policy and Legislative Committee brings issues forward and offers solutions. The Coalition constantly monitors national, state and local legislation and news to distribute information through the Coalition’s communication network including the website and Social Media.
The Coalition provides educational and awareness information to the community through events, social media and speaker’s bureau. All audiences are reached; from grade school through college, to civic and social groups, corporations and businesses. Through the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau – homeless and formerly homeless speakers share their experiences to put a human face on the issue of homelessness. Project Homeless Connect- a one-day, one-stop opportunity for homeless individuals and families to access resources such as free food, clothing, haircuts, health screening and other essentials provides access to vital services provided by dozens of community agencies under one roof.
Fundraising and awareness events, volunteer opportunities, and news dissemination all support the goal of sustaining the Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. Our fundraising strategy includes writing grants, private donor and foundation funding and most importantly support from our community members. Promoting and receiving support from community, individuals, local businesses, corporations and organizations large and small is essential to implementing the Ten-Year Plan. Without the support of the community at large, many families and individuals who are in immediate need of shelter and services, would not have the opportunity to end their homelessness.
The objective of the Ten-year Plan to End Homelessness in Palm Beach County is to create a local response system that will end homelessness in ten years. In order to meet this objective, a set of action steps have been developed which address current gaps in services, particularly as they relate to a number of underserved populations whose specific needs are not currently being met by those services available in our community. The Lewis Center is one of the action steps identified in the Ten-Year Plan to address centralizing and streamlining entry into the homeless service delivery system. It will also serve as a major resource for data collection that will be utilized when evaluating need and resources.
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