Preliminary results have been announced for The Annual Point-in-Time count for Sheltered and Unsheltered Homeless individuals and families throughout the Florida Keys conducted on January 27th, according to Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care (MC-CoC) Board Chairman Scott Pridgen. It should be noted that the sheltered count includes emergency shelters and transitional housing programs. It is also emphasized that the MC-CoC will be thoroughly analyzing the data, as follows:
There were 303 unsheltered homeless people in Monroe County.
In 2014, the Point In Time reported 295 unsheltered homeless people.
There were 284 sheltered homeless people in Monroe County (shelters include KOTS, Domestic Abuse Shelter, Samuel's House, The Florida Keys Children's Shelter, Charities, Independence Cay, Volunteers of America and The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition).
In contrast, the number sheltered on last year’s day of Point-In-Time was 385.
“The Monroe County Point–in-Time Homeless Survey could not have been completed without the support and dedication of the many homeless service providers who comprise the MC-CoC and the dozens of volunteers who participated in the county-wide effort,” Pridgen noted.
A detailed report including number of families, individuals, demographic information and additional information related to each area of the Florida Keys will be released in approximately 30 days, he added.
A bequest of real estate property to the Community Foundation was recently sold to the social service agency in a unique arrangement to preserve five units of affordable rental housing. A.H. of Monroe County, Inc. will now own and manage the property, located on Olivia Street in Key West.
“Part of the Community Foundation’s mission is to address current and future needs in the community,” said Dianna Sutton, President and CEO of CFFK. “The need for affordable housing is an issue here. Rather than place the property on the open market for redevelopment, CFFK designed a Request for Proposal to partner with nonprofit organizations or governmental agencies to preserve critical affordable housing in the Keys.” According to Scott Pridgen, Executive Director of A.H. of Monroe County, Inc., the acquisition is in lockstep with the Agency’s vision for the Keys.
“As we move toward our 30th anniversary, one of our chief goals is empowering community members with challenges to resume productive, healthful lives. Having a place to call home is a key component of wellness,” Pridgen noted.
The property was a bequest to CFFK from former part-time Keys resident Robert Townshend, who died in 2006. A former English professor in Canada, Mr. Townshend owned several properties that provided affordable rental housing for service-sector employees. He left the property and other assets in a Charitable Remainder Trust, which supported his sister until her death in 2014, and was then bequeathed to CFFK.
Proceeds from the sale of the property, along with the rest of the bequest, will establish the Robert Townshend Fund at CFFK. The fund will support his many interests in the Keys, including the arts and nonprofits.
The object, general purpose and nature of this Corporation shall be to establish and maintain in Monroe County, Florida, a Corporation that will provide case managed health care, food programs, counseling, housing, clinical, and other supportive and volunteer services. Increase affordable housing by acquiring, developing, and maintaining low income housing for persons in need. Conduct health education and linkage to care.
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