Welcome to the website of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry, a non-profit agency established as a coalition to advance the collaborative efforts of helping agencies in Alachua, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy and Putnam counties to end homelessness. Member agencies and individual supporters meet the third Wednesday of each month at 9:00am at St Francis House in Gainesville. All are welcome.
What is the ACCHH?
The ACCHH is a coalition of people and agencies seeking to end homelessness in our communities. Our agencies work in coalition to maximize our efficiency and effectiveness in preventing homelessness and in restoring homeless people to housing. Our cooperation is encouraged by a federal funding requirement that community agencies work together to address the full continuum of causes, consequences, and solutions to homelessness.
What do our individual members do?
We help find and fund ways for everyone to have and maintain a safe and productive home. We are volunteers and agency staff members who devote time and thought to helping our neighbors who have lost their homes or who are at high risk of losing them.
What do our member agencies do?
We operate a variety of programs
- to feed and shelter our community's people in need, and
- to help restore homeless families and individuals to productivity and dignity.
Brief descriptions of our member agencies are given on the Member Agencies page, with links to their homepages. Resources for a variety of helping services are listed in the Community Resources Guide.
What does our Coalition do as a whole?
Our member agencies collaborate together in planning and carrying out strategies
- to end homelessness
- and help citizens in need toward self-sufficiency.
Our committees focus on specific concerns, including
- assessing local dimensions and unmet needs of homelessness by an annual census survey and regular follow-up review through the year,
- identifying funding for needed housing programs,
- addressing food and nutrition needs,
- maintaining an effective service-provision information system.
Its executive director, under board direction and in partnership with member agencies,
- coordinates applications for funding from federal, state, and local levels of government,
- provides grant management of funds awarded through the Coalition to its partners,
- works with the Coalition committees on their assignments and directs the annual Point-in-Time homelessness census,
- provides public information and education about homelessness,
- encourages the widest possible community involvement in ending homelessness.
What can you do?
- Contribute funding for one-time emergency rental or utility assistance.
- Contribute funding to underwrite life-skills training courses.
- Understand homelessness and poverty: Study, discuss, volunteer where there is need.
- Attend ACCHH monthly meetings at St. Francis House, every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 9 a.m.
- Join the ACCHH as an individual member and/or as an agency member.
- Be a support.
- Get a vote.
- Tell your political representatives that investment in people has the highest rate of return.
- See How You Can Help