End Homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton County

Together We Can Do This

At Homelessness & Housing Alliance (HHA) we believe that our community can end homelessness by working together to invest in affordable housing and implement best practices to help families and individuals in crisis.

As the lead agency for the Okaloosa Walton Continuum of Care (COC), we bring together homeless services providers, local government, law enforcement, behavioral health providers, hospitals, and affordable housing developers to ensure our community’s programs work in tandem to meet the immediate needs of our unhoused neighbors and to address long term drivers of homelessness.

HHA empowers the community through:

Assessment

We work to identify and bridge gaps in homeless services so that investments can be made in the areas of greatest need.

Resources

We secure resources for homeless service providers so they can meet the needs of families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Best Practices

We foster leadership, collaboration, and best practices through monthly meeting and training materials.

Housing is absolutely essential to human flourishing. Without stable shelter, it all falls apart.

– Mathew Desmond

Our Philosophy: Housing First

Housing First is an approach to ending homelessness that prioritizes housing as the FIRST step in solving homelessness. Research has repeatedly shown that individuals and families are more successful addressing the challenges that led to their homelessness from the safety and security of their own home. The housing first model prioritizes preventing homelessness and rapidly rehousing those without a home as step one. The second step is stabilizing those families until they are no longer at risk. Our COC members offer services to help families and individuals:

  • Meet Crisis Needs: Emergency Shelter and Outreach Programs ensure unhoused families and individuals have their basic needs met while they look for housing.
  • Find/Retain Housing: All of our partners have housing counseling programs to help families find or retain housing. These programs support clients through the housing search process and provide financial support to prevent eviction or make relocation financially feasible.
  • Stabilize: The rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing programs combine short term rental assistance with intensive counseling services to address the underlying issues that led to homelessness.

Through these programs, we are working together to ensure that homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton County is rare, brief, and nonrecurring.


In 2021 our members served:

517
Households
56
Veterans
1279
Individuals
394
Children
111
Chronically Homeless

Become a Part of the Solution

Invest in Solutions

By contributing to HHA you are are filling gaps, fostering collaboration, and bringing best practices to the organizations who are delivering services to families and individuals experiencing homelessness.

Become a Member

Does your organization serve unhoused individuals and families? Join the Continuum of Care for access to training, grant opportunities, and a network of professionals dedicated to ending homelessness.

Stay Informed

Sign up for our Constant Contact Mailing List so that you can stay up to date on new programs, opportunities to give, and the latest news on our community’s journey to make homelessness brief, rare, and nonrecurring.


Latest updates from HHA

HHA secures over $700,000 in funding to end homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton County
The Homelessness and Housing Alliance was awarded $708,359 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development to support projects aimed at ending homelessness in our community. The largest component of the grant will fund Bridgeway's Independent Living Program, which provides permanent supportive housing options to the most vulnerable in our community. Permanent supportive housing is …
Funding Formula for Federal Homeless Resources puts Okaloosa and Walton County at a Disadvantage
Data released by the National Homeless Information Project shows how HUD's funding formula puts smaller communities, like ours, at a disadvantage when it comes to ending homelessness. The report looks at how much funding each COC receives and the number of unhoused individuals that reside in the COC. In 2021, for …
2022 Point in Time Count Shows Increase in Homelessness in Okaloosa and Walton County
Every year the Continuum of Care (COC) for Okaloosa and Walton County conducts a "point in time" count to capture a snapshot of homelessness in our community. This snapshot enables the COC to assess the community's needs, especially among unsheltered individuals and families that may not have accessed services. The 2020 point in time count …
HHA Stakeholder Meeting Scheduled for 23 June
HHA's next stakeholder meeting will take place on 23 June 2022 from 10am-12pm. The meeting Northwest Florida State College campus in Building 400 (Student Services Building) in room 132/133. Fall2020NicevilleCampusMapDownload

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