A critical measure of our region is how well we care for our own.
Homelessness & Affordable Housing
Since 2017, Gulf Coast has supported recommendations and goals for a crisis response system aimed at effectively addressing homelessness. In 2018 we invested in a blueprint to support a public-private plan to mitigate this growing crisis and take those recommendations into action. Today, as part of the Sarasota County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) we are able to support implementation of the AHAC recommendations to increase opportunities for affordable housing in our region.
Gulf Coast Regional Scans have continually identified a critical need for affordable housing. Homeless veterans in our community are looking for a place to call home, to take a hot shower, and alleviate just one of the many obstacles they may be facing - a place to call home. For the past two year's together with our Board and generous donors, we have been working toward a solution.
Here4YOUth - Mental Health Initiative
Our community has come together to transform the mental health system for youth and young adults. Together, we will ensure that our youth and their families receive the support they deserve.
Formerly incarcerated individuals are ten times more likely to fall into homelessness than the general public and often find themselves with few resources and supports - leading to a repetitive cycle of arrests and more. Through unique collaborations, we can find solutions.
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Without the right help, today’s unaccompanied homeless youth will become the next generation of chronically homeless adults in our region.
Opioid Crisis Response
By breaking the chain of repeat overdoses in our region, we can save lives, reunite families, and reduce the need for costly medical and social services.
Past Work: Feeding Hungry Families
Between Sarasota and DeSoto counties, almost 60,000 people don’t always know where their next meal will come from. At least one in four of them is a child.
Past Work: Financial Sustainability
Our new partnership with United Way Suncoast is moving families out of generational poverty by increasing their financial literacy, improving their decision-making, and providing them access to real financial assets.
Past Work: Homeless Children and Families
As many as 1,000 Sarasota County schoolchildren are identified as homeless every year. Our partnership with local social-service agencies and generous donors has transformed the safety net for these kids and their families.