February 16, 2018


It is a new day of cooperation, coordination and best proven practices in our Continuum of Care (CoC).  A special workgroup of our CoC Leadership Council has put together our first Annual Unified Request for Proposals (RFP) covering 2018 grant opportunities.  This RFP will provide us with approved and ranked projects that can be submitted to utilize these dollars most effectively.

We ask that you pay careful attention when submitting your proposals and be sure to submit all of the required components.  To ensure fairness, we will not able to review incomplete proposals or proposals that are submitted after the deadline.  There will not be an opportunity to add, change or augment your proposal once it has been received and only complete applications will be sent for Evaluation and Scoring.  As an example, one of the required submission items is the HUD Housing First Assessment tool ( https://www.hudexchange.info/resource/5294/housing-first-assessment-tool/).  This self-evaluation tool will be very helpful as you develop your projects and proposals to meet Housing First standards.   It will be reviewed for each proposal by the Evaluation and Scoring committee as part of their process.

If you haven’t already done so, it would be helpful to review the report provided by Susan Pourciau and the Florida Housing Coalition, Creating an Effective Homeless Crisis Response System, as well as the Oneby1 Policies and Procedures Manual to ensure your proposal is in alignment with requirements and standards.

There will be three information sessions regarding this RFP as follows:

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
    Loevner Room at The Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th Street, Sarasota
  • Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 9:00am to 11:00am
    The Salvation Army, 1051 Albee Farm Rd., Venice
  • Friday, February 23, 2018 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
    The Salvation Army, 1204 14th Street West, Bradenton

Questions regarding the RFP should be submitted to tara@suncoastpartnership.org prior to the information sessions.  This is an exciting time to move forward together.


Edward DeMarco
Chief Executive Officer
Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness

Unified Annual RFP

Evaluation and Scoring of RFP








Who We Are

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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.

2017 Point in Time Survey

2017 Housing Inventory Chart – Summary