Northeast Florida CoC | April 2018
Homelessness News: Happy to be Home
Ever Heard of Coordinated Entry?

At the General Membership meeting on April 12th, Lauren D'Amico shared an overview of the Coordinated Entry System and the By-Name Master List.

A Coordinated Entry System provides an initial, comprehensive assessment of the needs of individuals and families for housing and services.

What does that mean exactly? It's a system, but not a tool. And by system we mean a group effort. Some people assume that it is one agency's responsibility, but it isn't. It is the responsibility of the entire continuum of care working together to house people with the greatest need.

It is not a fix for a lack of resources. It is about discussing and assessing resources to use them to the best of our ability.

It is NOT a wait list. It is an active list of people in need of housing services.

If you're interested in more information, please let us know .
Volunteers Make IT Count!
If you volunteered recently, you should have received an invitation to our Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast.

If you volunteered and haven't received your invitation, email us today .

We're super excited about showing our gratitude for YOU!

And it's May Day so, here's to YOU and the sun your gift of time shines on our community!
We Know YOU Know - Knowledge is Power
Upcoming training…

On May 3rd, join us for the monthly HMIS New User and HMIS Report training.
  • HMIS New User is 9 am - 12 pm
  • Report training is 1 pm - 3 pm 

Please email the HMIS Team for more information.
Partners Tell it Like it is!
March Survey Results

The purpose of the survey was to check the pulse on our monthly General Membership meetings.

Total Respondents: 14

Respondents agreed - meeting and sharing information has its benefits!

When asked about what people liked most, least or felt we should focus on, here's what they said:
  • Upcoming events, agencies sharing stories
  • First meeting
  • Continental Breakfast
  • New to CoC so far it has been great
  • Good to maintain contact with agencies and get regular updates on programs
  • Coffee and donuts
  • Services other agencies offer; collaborate better
  • Love hearing about the great work organizations are doing
  • Gather stakeholders together to improve the process of helping people experiencing homelessness
  • Connections in our community. Growing our system of care
  • Information sharing; making sure homelessness updates are known

The other questions:
Meeting day/time - most everyone (12 of 14) suggested keeping the 2nd Thursday of the month, but we did receive a few recommendations to push back the meeting start time to 9 or 9:30 am.

As for meeting frequency, we're split almost 50/50 between monthly and every other month.

When asked about meeting location, more than half want to keep the meeting at our current location, First United Methodist, 225 E. Duval Street, the others selected the Nonprofit Center. General comments for this question made it clear - we need to have parking.

Are you interested in being a Member agency? If so and you'd like to be involved, please let us know
The Best Way to Show We Care - Be There!
Support Family Promise!
Join our friends at  Family Promise  for their Blessing of the Bus!

Where: First United Methodist Church, parking lot
When: May 3rd
Time: 5:30-6:30 pm

Don't miss out on this opportunity to sparkle for good!

Come get your walk on for Nassau County

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)!

When: May 20th
Where: Central Park
Time: 1 pm (to sign in) Walk begins at 1:30 pm

For more information call 904.277.1886 or email
Do YOU HMIS?
Did you know? In 2017, Coordinated Entry served 8,916 clients.
Don't Miss the General Membership Meeting May 10th!
Northeast Florida CoC