Monroe County Continuum-of-Care

The Monroe County CoC is the lead agency for the coordination and planning of homeless services in the Florida Keys.

In addition, the Monroe County CoC administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for our area and conducts the Annual Point-In-Time Survey (PIT) of homeless individuals. (view report)

As the Lead Agency, designated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, the Monroe County CoC organizes the collaboration of local agencies to to address the needs of clients and provide essential supportive services. By assessing and coordinating interagency communication and services, we avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and close gaps in services.

We educate ourselves and the community about the nature and extent of homelessness, including the needs of the people who are living through the experience of homelessness. We advocate for increased community, political and financial support for the homeless population and prevention of homelessness.

Board of Directors & Planning Meetings
Second Thursday of every month

The meetings are held via video conference from the
Wesley House Family Services Offices
The Public is Welcome

Wesley House Office
99451 Overseas Hwy Suite 200
Key Largo, FL 33037

Wesley House Office
937 107th St., Gulf
Marathon, FL 33050

Wesley House Office
1304 Truman Ave.
Key West, FL 33040


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By KONK News Staff

The Rural health Network of Monroe County, a private non-profit agency, will be presenting information and answering questions about the Healthcare Marketplace and the Affordable Care Act at the Key West Library, 700 Fleming St.

The sessions will be held at 6:30PM on Wednesday, Feb 12; at 10:00AM on Tuesday, February 25, and at 6:00PM on Wednesday March 5. Patient Navigator, Kathleen Kunert, will be making the presentation.

The Rural Health Network is providing navigator services for the Affordable Care Act at no charge to concumers. Appointments are available Monday through Friday at 3706 North Roosevelt Blvd., Key West. To make an appointment call 305-517-6651, extension 315. For Creole, dial extension 336.


FEBRUARY 19, 2014

The Key West Food and Wine Festival presents three local community food pantries with a donation of $700 each from the proceeds of this year's Duval Uncorked event. From left to right are Rev. Steve Torrence, representing MCC's Cooking with Love program; Mark Certonio of the Festival; Rev. Stephen Braddock, representing FKOC's Loaves and Fish Food Pantry, and Mindy McKenzie of the Festival. Not pictured is a representative from Star of the Sea Outreach Mission.
(photo courtesy of Ron Roberts)


JANUARY 10, 2014
Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum of Care, Inc.

HUD Continuum of Care 2013/14

Prioritization of Projects

The Monroe County Homelss Services Continuum of Care conducted the ranking and review of the FL 604 Six Renewal Projects for this competion on January 9, 2013 after the MCHSCoC Board Meeting concluded.The review process was based objectibely using HMIS data, concurrence with the CoC, Length of Stay, percent of persons who obtained or maintained employment income, percent of persons who obtained or maintained mainstrean resources, number of beds to end chronic homelessness, capacity based on past performance on APR'a submitted, leveraging of resources, bed utilization/occupancy, and conversion of beds for chronically homeless. The Prioritization Tool was approved by the MCHS Coc Board on December 12, 2013.

Tier 1

1. Florida Keys Outreach Coalition - Transitional Housing
2. Monroe Asociation for ReMarcable Citizens - Permanent Supportive Housing
3. Aids Help of Monroe County, Inc. - Permanent Supportive Housing
4. Samuel's House - Permanent Supportive Housing
5. Florida Keys Outreach Coalition - Permanent Supportive Housing
6. Catholic Charities - Permanent Supportive Housing

Tier 2

MCHS Coc Planning Grant


Monroe County Homeless Point-in-Time (PIT) Count:
January 28th, 2014

Volunteers needed countywide! Call Stephanie at 305-294-0304 for information.

PIT planning meetings will be held at 1618 Truesdale Court #2 on the following dates:
Nov 19th, Dec. 3rd, Dec. 17th, Jan. 7th, Jan 14th, Jan. 21st.

January 24, 2014

Rev. Stephen E. Braddock was honored on January 24th as Monroe County Homeless Services "Unsung Hero" for 2013 with an award presented by the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys during a luncheon at the Casa Marina.
(l-r) Diana Sutton, Jeanette McLernon, Fr. Braddock, Scott Pridgen,
Diana Flenard


Key West Proclaims National Hunger & Homelessness Week

November 12, 2013

Mayor Craig Cates and City Commissioner Jimmy Weekley have sponsored a proclamation aimed at raising awareness of the insidious problem of hunger in our community and around the nation. The proclamation sets aside the week beginning November 16th as National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

According to the proclamation, there are many reasons people go hungry in our community, including the lack of affordable housing for very low income residents. In Monroe County there are many dedicated and effective organizations, including dozens of not-for-profit and public agency members of the Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care that are committed to sheltering and providing supportive services as well as meals and food supplies to people experiencing hunger and homelessness.

This week dedicated to the awareness of the difficulties that many of our neighbors share encourages support of the care providers in the community. In addition it highlights the many community service opportunities that exist for students, school service organizations and the community at large.

Photo: Mayor Craig Cates and Commissioner Jimmy Weekley present the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week proclamation to Jeanette McLernon, administrator of Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care, Inc.

Board of Directors

Scott Pridgen, CoC Chairman

Rev. Stephen E. Braddock, CoC Chairman Emeritus

Elmira Leto Richard Turcotte Stepanie Kaple Venita Galvin-Valdez
Bill Mann Rick Casey Larry Prescott Margie Smith
Diana Flenard Officer Steve Torrence Dr. Nicki Will Joe Pais
Rev. Pam Feeser Sheryl Graham Chris Welts

January 9, 2014

Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care (CoC) seated its Board of Directors for 2014. The oath was administered by the Rev. Steve Torrence at the Harvey Government Center in Key West. Outgoing Chairman Rev. Stephen E. Braddock, CEO of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, passed the gavel to Scott Pridgen, CEO of AIDS Help.

The organization serves as the lead agency for homeless services in the Keys.

(photo courtesy of Ron Roberts)

(l-r, front row) Stephanie Kaple; Richard Casey; Vice-Chair, Dr. Nicki Will; Treasurer, Diana Flenard; Rev./Officer Torrence;
Chairman, Scott Pridgen; Dr. Richard Turcotte
(l-r, back row) Bill Mann; Joe Pais; Elmira Leto; Chris Welts;
Larry Prescott

Not pictured... Venita Garvin; Rev. Pam Feeser; Sheryl Graham; Margie Smith; Chairman Emeritus, Rev. Stephen Braddock