Monroe County Point in time

Preliminary Count

Key West, Florida, February 8, 2016– The preliminary count of homeless persons in Monroe County obtained through the Point in Time (PIT) census, conducted throughout the Florida Keys on January 27, 2016, is as follows:

  • 752 surveys were collected
  • 20 homeless refused survey - counted as a “visual” report from the PIT volunteer
  • 488 surveyed homeless persons reported been sheltered
  • 244 surveyed homeless persons reported been unsheltered
  • 106 homeless individuals identified themselves as Veterans
  • 122 students were identified by the Monroe County School District as homeless children

  • A detailed report of the surveys collected will be made available to the public by early spring.

    QUOTE From Scott Pridgen, Chairman of the MCHS CoC Board of Directors:

    “The Mission of the Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum of Care is to promote community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness by facilitating the Continuum-Of-Care process in Monroe County, Florida”

    If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Elena Z. George at 305-304-5067 or via email at


    Monroe CoC Provider’s Projects Ranking Results

    Provider Project’s name Amount requested Total points Ranking order by total points
    Catholic Charities St. Bede (PH) RENEWAL $191,891 149 # 4
    Catholic Charities St. Theresa (PH) NEW PROJECT $79,209 196 # 1
    AHI Seebol Apartments
    $14,868 170 # 2
    MARC Don Moore Apartments (PH)
    $104,627 168 # 3
    FKOC Sun Houses (TH)
    $172,998 141 # 5
    Samuel’s House Casa de Meredith (PH) RENEWAL $15,807 128 # 6
    FKOC Permanent Housing for Families (PH)
    $22,989 112 # 7

    NOFA Documents

    Priority Listing of Projects NOFA 2015.pdf
    CoC Application NOFA 2015.pdf

    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

    Grants received 2015

    ESG 2015: This contracts are held and managed directly by DCF.
    The local providers receiving this grant in 2015 are:
    1. Samuel’s House = $78,750.00
    2. FKOC = $78,750.00
    3. Catholic Charities = $78,750.00
    4. FKCS = $49,507.00

    TANF 2015: This grant was issued by DCF to the Monroe County Homeless Services CoC. MCHS CoC subcontracts with Catholic Charities and will be managing this grant with oversight from DCF. The amount is $46,118.00

    CHALLENGE 2015: MCHS CoC applied for the full $200,000.00 and yesterday DCF announced that MCHS was among the top 10 ranked CoCs so we will be receiving the full $200,000.00. MCHS CoC will be subcontracting with the following 5 top ranked local providers as follows:
    1. FKOC = $60,000.00
    2. DAS = $35,000.00
    3. Catholic Charities = $40,000.00
    4. Samuel’s House = $20,000.00
    5. KAIR = $30,000.00

    DOWNLOAD Point In Time Report



    Board of Directors

    Scott Pridgen, CoC Chairman

    Sgt. Kevin Bickford Venita
    Diana Flenard Officer Steve Torrence Dr. Nicki
    Maureen Kempa
    Rev. Pam Feeser Beth
    Debbie Bickford Tim

    February 12, 2015

    Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care (CoC) seated its Board of Directors for 2015. The oath was administered by the Rev. Steve Torrence at the Wesley House Family Services' Lower Keys Office in Key West.

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