Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition, Inc

Ending Homelessness for All!

Naples, FL   |


The mission of the Collier County Hunger and Homeless Coalition is to facilitate solutions to prevent and end hunger and homelessness by coordinating services in Collier County.

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Executive Director

Michael Overway

Main address

P.O. Box 9202

Naples, FL 34101 USA

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NTEE code info

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (L01)

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Our programs

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

Welcome A Child Home

Keeping Families Together  - Provides emergency financial assistance to: families with at least one child; youth 18-24 exiting foster care; and unaccompanied youth 18-24 residing in emergency shelter.  The project provides assistance with:  emergency shelter for literally homeless families with children in motels as they wait for placement in permanent housing; emergency rent assistance to prevent homelessness for families who are at immanent risk of becoming homeless; and security deposit and utility deposit assistance for literally homeless families to be rapidly rehoused in permanent housing.

Population(s) Served

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition provides volunteer assistance in emergency food pantries and in partnership with the Harry Chapin Food Bank to provide mobile pantries in high poverty neighborhoods throughout Collier County.

Population(s) Served

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition has partnered with Kiwanis District 20 in Collier County to coordinate the efforts of the 9 Kiwanis Clubs and their associated K Clubs, Key Clubs, and Builders Clubs to plan and implement a program benefiting homeless families.  This program will provide shoes, school uniforms, underwear and socks, and school supplies to children in Collier County Public Schools in July preparing students for back-to-school.  This is a time of critical need for many families as it the additional costs of returning to school coincide with the time of year when many families experience economic hardship due to the seasonal nature of their employment.

Population(s) Served

The Hunger & Homeless Coalition provides support for the PanFlorida Challenge weekend power pack programs, which provides nutritious meals for targeted students in Collier County Public Schools.  We provide volunteer support for their primary fundraiser, a 160 mile bike ride from Naples to West Palm.  In addition, our partnership includes cultivating awareness among community groups and funders regarding hunger and homelessness in Collier County.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Florida Coalition on Homeless 2015

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Coalition provides information, awareness and advocacy to homeless issues in Collier County. In addition to that we have developed a 10 -Year Plan to End Homelessness. The following main goals were established. 1. Affordable Housing 2. Support Services for Housing Stability 3. Centralized Intake for Accessing Needed Services 4. Resources for Unaccompanied Youth.

Goal 1. Affordable Housing- Strategies include Increasing the supply of permanent housing units that best meet the needs of identified target populations and maintaining the existing transitional housing and emergency shelter programs.                                                                      Goal 2. Support Services for Housing Stability- Strategies include increase support services and enhance resources for provision of wrap around services so personssuccessfully maintain their housing, increase support services for prevention of homelessness.                                Goal 3. Centralized Intake for Accessing Needed Services - Strategies include creating a countywide central point of intake for housing services. Goal 4. Resources for Unaccompanied Youth-Stategies includedeveloping a drop-in center and increase the supply of overnight beds for youth 16-24 years old experiencing homelessness & unaccompanied by an adult.

The Coalition is the Lead Agency for the Continuum of Care (CoC) which focuses on Homeless issues in Collier County.  We are a Leader in the community and take the lead in getting all members of the CoC to work together to make the 10 Year Plan a working actionable plan.  The Coalition continues to work with local government, businesses, and community members to raise awareness of needed affordable housing as well as to advocate for the existing transitional housing. The Coalition continues to write for Federal grants to assist such agencies as Youth Haven and The Shelter for Abused Women and Children to provide homeless services and homeless prevention services. We are also actively engaged in building community support for the homeless management information system and a centralized assessment and referral system to ensure widespread access to appropriate referral and intervention to prevent and end homelessness.  The Coalition also continues to write grants for the Keeping Families Together program so that we may continue to assist families with housing stability.

The development of Youth Haven's Youth Drop In Center in 2014 demonstrates the power of coalition building and having an actionable plan.  The need for youth services, specifically for unaccompanied youth 14-18 was identified as a critical gap in service.  The combined forces of Coalition staff, the Sheriff's Office, Youth Haven leadership, and other community partners created the center, which opened officially in 2014.  The Center's first graduates have successfully graduated high school, due in large part the wrap around support services provided or facilitated by Youth Haven staff.  The Coalition provided $40,000 in seed money for the program On the heels of this successful project launch, the CoC was able to successfully reallocate HUD funds to support a rapid rehousing program housed at Youth Haven for families with children.  This program is in its third round of funding.  The program successfully rehouses families, providing them with support services and temporary, short-term rental assistance as well as utility and security deposits to obtain and maintain permanent housing.  A housing specialist works closely with the families to provide support services that range from assistance with housekeeping challenges to obtaining a job or training for a new job.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Homeless or at-risk of homelessness.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes, Homeless Outreach and Rapid Rehousing programs,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    New partnership with the Sheriff's Equity Dept!

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,


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Collier County Hunger & Homeless Coalition, Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alexander Wertheim

Jamie Thompson

Barron Collier

Jamie DeBrees

Community Health Partners

William Grigsby

Financial Consultant

Mike Butcher

Collier County Sheriff's Office

Mary Waller

U.S. Prime Realty, LLC

Hemi Kafle

Collier County Public Schools

Lisa Kozlowski


Alexander Wertheim

CoC Consultant

Dr. Thomas Felke


Board leadership practices

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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? Yes
  • 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 06/09/2021

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/09/2021

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  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.