Lee County Homeless Coalition Inc

Compassion | Commitment | Community

Fort Myers, FL   |  leehomeless.org

Mission

To advocate, educate and promote awareness of issues and obstacles facing homeless individuals in Lee County throught community collaboration, planning and implementing solutions.

Ruling year info

2009

executive director

Therese Everly

Main address

1500 Colonial Blvd Ste 201 % Therese Everly

Fort Myers, FL 33907 USA

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EIN

26-4577956

NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (S01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Make homelessness preventable whenever possible or otherwise rare, brief and a 1 time experience

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Grant & In Kind Donations

The Coalition works with individuals and agencies to identify potential gaps within our local continuum of homeless care. Each year we use profits from our fundraisers to assist our member agencies who may have encountered diminished funding, an increase in need or who want to address a specific issue. The Coalition was pleased to be able to offer $20,000 in funding to our agencies and assist those who needed help through our Community Grant program. We also received In-kind donations which were distributed
to agencies and advocates that work directly with those in need.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Social and economic status
Health
Family relationships
Ethnic and racial groups

This year's event looked different due to the COVID Pandemic, we resorted to a smaller modified format which included a Traffic Court where a judge resided and disposed of 52 cases for attendees at the event. The goal of this event was to provide services that can help break the cycle of homelessness and encourage hope, vision, and health. The event was held at City Gate Ministries located in Fort Myers. We serve approximately 150 people at the event. Approximately 25 agencies and community groups provided services. Local providers assisted with services such as employment, healthcare, clothing, mental health referrals, substance abuse referrals, haircuts, and lunch was provided.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

Every year, the Coalition and its volunteers conduct a Point in Time (PIT) census to count the number of people experiencing homelessness and provide data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The PIT count is also used to gather the information that allows local service providers to target services to meet the specific needs of the homeless in our communities. The PIT count, which asked people where they slept the night of January 26, 2022, documented 560 homeless persons which consisted of, 47 chronically homeless, 49 families with 86 children, and 24 veterans, 21 of which were active in a Rapid Rehousing program working with a case manager to obtain housing. To maximize survey collection and minimize duplication, we utilized a GIS phone app survey tool and strategically targeted geographic regions with 84 volunteers including law enforcement agencies. Training was provided over 3 days. We counted over multiple days as HUD allows service-based counts.



Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

The Coalition advocated for homeless needs during the 2022 Legislative Session. We kept abreast of the issues, letters were written and phone calls and meetings were held with our local legislatures. We participated in conference calls with the Florida Coalition to End Homelessness, and CoC representatives throughout the state with the goal to advocate for legislation and executive agendas that represent the interest of Florida’s Continuums of Care. Our unified advocacy efforts resulted in a successful FY 2022 Legislative Session. Funds for affordable housing were the largest allocation since 2007. The Challenge and Staffing Grants were secured. We participated in a multitude of events and speaking engagements throughout the year that promoted awareness and education of homeless needs in our area, we actively engaged in workgroups and subcommittees to promote best practices. We worked on task forces focused on Veterans and Refugees in the community, and offered Diversion Training.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Social and economic status

The Lee County Board of County Commissioners officially proclaimed November as “Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Month." This is a time designated to educate the public and bring awareness to the needs of the homeless. The Coalition hosted a homeless challenge “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes” participants became familiar with the social services network and methods of everyday survival. The activity was designed to educate and promote awareness. They joined together for a meal and walked several miles to visit various homeless provider agencies and shelters. This year, we began our challenge at the Lee County Jail CORE Facility and the event had a “reentry theme”. The day’s agenda included discussions with law enforcement, emergency room staff, and some of our partner agencies. The goal was to have participants come away with a better understanding of the scope of the problem and how the system dealt with the hardships of homelessness.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Ethnic and racial groups
Family relationships
Health
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of individuals in our community experiencing homelessness.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Homeless people

Related Program

Annual PIT Census Blitz

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

2022 PIT count 560 individuals, the count covered more geographical areas, based on volunteer engagement, 2021 total was 394 (modified count due to pandemic) Chronic homelessness decreased.

Number of Veterans experiencing homelessness in Lee County

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Economically disadvantaged people, Victims of conflict and war

Related Program

Annual PIT Census Blitz

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

PIT 2022 - 24 veterans, 21 of which were active in a Rapid Rehousing program working with a case manager to obtain housing.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

*Advocate, Educate and promote awareness of homeless issues.
*Adopt best practices and coordinate our system.
*Have a systematic response in place that ensures homelessness is prevented whenever possible or is otherwise Rare, Brief and Non-recurring experience.

Assist with the development of the local homeless assistance CoC plan.
Inventory local resources.
Review services and identify unmet needs.
Eliminate duplication and maximize the use of limited resources.
Develop community resource directory.
Develop public education and outreach initiatives.
Collect and compile information related to the homeless population.

We work closely with the lead agency to plan, network, coordinate and monitor the delivery of services to the homeless in Lee County. We rank community projects prior to submitting the CoC grant to HUD. We conduct a PIT annual count of the homeless in our community. We meet with our local legislative representatives and advocate for homeless needs. We provide referral and outreach to the community. We survey local providers and develop a resource guide. We offer presentations throughout the community to educate the public on homeless issues.

The CoC implemented a family Transition Collaborative to house families and committed couple the program produced great success we have now launched a second round of the Family Transition Collaborative which includes embedded case management providing wrap-around services that meet the specific needs of each family unit.
Our membership has continued to grow and we have become more visible to our community thru projects and presentations.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Lee County Homeless Coalition Inc

Board of directors
as of 09/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Chair Johnny Limbaugh

Wright Construction

Term: 2022 - 2023


Board co-chair

Dion Freeman

Ft. Myers Police Department

Term: 2022 - 2023

William Rodriguez

U.S. Social Security Department

Pat Epifanio

Parish Nurse

Dion Freeman

City of FM Police Lt.

Kathy Smith

Public Defender 20th Judicial Circuit

Bob Parimore

Finemark Bank

Lois Welsh

Arthur Printing

Johnny Limbaugh

Wright Construction

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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