Who We Are
The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness was formed by community leaders from Sarasota and Manatee Counties in 2005, with the ambitious vision of ending homelessness in the region. The Partnership is funded by local governments, the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as private donations. The Suncoast Partnership supports a two-county Continuum of Care, which convenes service providers, community leaders, law enforcement, government and homeless individuals for the purpose of collaborating and coordinating services for the homeless. Together, the members determine the unmet needs for this population and partner to identify solutions. By advocating for homeless and near-homeless individuals and families, and improving their circumstances, we believe that we help provide a better quality of life for the community as a whole. The Suncoast Partnership is also recognized as the Sarasota Homeless Coalition and works collaboratively with the Manatee Coalition on regional issues common to both coalitions. Regional coordination is aided by the use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) managed by the Suncoast Partnership. The Suncoast Partnership’s Board is composed of community volunteers (meeting the criteria set forth in the HEARTH Act of 2009), professionals, civic leaders, homeless and formerly homeless individuals, advocates and key community and government partners. This Board focuses on policy and considers both State and Federal strategic plans when setting out goals for the program year.