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 Rapid Rehousing Request for Proposal Due 22 December 2022
Today HHA released an RFP for Rapid Rehousing (RRH) Programs in Okaloosa and Walton County. HHA anticipates awarding approximately $124,356 in RRH funds, and intends to allocate this funding to multiple projects. HHA encourages nonprofit organizations with experience in serving people experiencing homelessness and who have not previously received CoC funds to apply. Organizations that …
HHA Request Proposal for Legal Services Due November 15th
Today HHA released an RFP for Legal Services. This RFP is focused on legal services that including providing guidance and legal advice on the Sunshine Law, the Freedom of Information Act, Roberts Rules of Order, and Board rules and procedures. More details about the scope of work covered by this contract can be found on …
HHA is Hiring
HHA is looking to fill three positions in the immediate future: Deputy Director, Finance Manager, and Housing Specialist. The Deputy Director is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of HHA, including management of all the federal grants overseen by HHA. The Finance Manager provides fiscal and contractual oversight for HHA funded programs and is responsible …

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