SHAL Lead Partners

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SHAL is a participating agency of the Monroe County Homeless Services Continuum-of-Care, Inc. The CoC is the lead agency for the coordination and planning of homeless services in the Florida Keys. The CoC administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) for our area and conducts the Annual Point-In-Time Survey (PIT) of homeless individuals.

As the lead agency, designated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development and the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, the Monroe County CoC organizes the collaboration of local agencies to to address the needs of clients and provide essential supportive services. By assessing and coordinating inter-agency communication and services, it avoids unnecessary duplication of effort and close gaps in services.

City of Key West Key West is an island city in Florida and the county seat of Monroe County. The city boundaries include the island of Key West and several nearby islands, as well as the section of Stock Island north of U.S. Route 1, on the adjacent key just east of the city. Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States.

Key West is 129 miles  southwest of Miami by air, about 160 miles by car, and 106 miles north-northeast of Havana, Cuba. Key West is a seaport destination for many passenger cruise ships. The Key West International Airport provides airline service. Naval Air Station Key West is an important year round training site for naval aviation due to the tropical weather, which is also the reason Key West was chosen as the Winter White House of President Harry S. Truman. The central business district is located along Duval Street and includes much of the northwestern corner of the island. The official city motto is “One Human Family.”

Monroe County was created in 1823. It was named for James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States, who served from 1817 to 1825. The county has a total area of 3,738 square miles, of which 983 square miles is land and 2,754 square miles is water.It is the largest county in Florida by total area. More than 99 percent of the Monroe County population lives in the island chain known as the Florida Keys.

As of the census of 2000, there were 79,589 people, 35,086 households, and 20,384 families residing in the county. There were 51,617 housing units at an average density of 52 per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 90.1% White, 4.8% Black or African American, and the remainder form other races. 15.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,283, and the median income for a family was $50,734. About 6.80% of families and 10.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.80% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

SHAL and Continuum of Care Partner Organizations

AIDS Help logo OUR MISSION – Counseling • Testing • Linkage To Care

The object, general purpose and nature of AIDS Help, Inc. shall be to establish and maintain in Monroe County, Florida, a Corporation that will provide case managed healthcare, food programs, counseling, housing, clinical, and other supportive and volunteer services; increase affordable housing by acquiring, developing, and maintaining low income housing for persons in need; and conducting health education and linkage to care.

ahec-logo The Florida Keys Area Health Education Center Inc. (Keys AHEC) has provided community-based health education and medical services since 1990 throughout Monroe County. Keys AHEC is a 501(c)3 non profit corporation affiliated with the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and the Statewide AHEC network.
Anchors Aweigh Club Inc. is a recovery club in Key West, Florida. We are dedicated to providing a venue for both indoor and outdoor 12 step meetings.

Member owned, Anchors Aweigh Club is a 3,500 + sq. ft. building and outside garden that provides space for over fifty 12 step meetings weekly. The Anchors Aweigh Club has been the primary gathering place where residents of the lower Keys and visitors have turned for help, support and safety for over 30 years.

CareerSource South Florida is responsible for initiating state and federally funded workforce development programs in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. We assist employers and job seekers with employment services, labor market information, and provide training for economically disadvantaged adults, youth, dislocated workers, individuals transitioning from welfare to work, and refugees. While promoting the advancement of underutilized workers, the CareerSource South Florida stimulates the labor market by implementing policies such as business incentives, and provides valuable resources to South Florida’s diverse community. All CareerSource South Florida services and resources are available to everyone at no cost through a network of centers located throughout the Region.
Catholic Charities logo Catholic Charities Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing provides financial assistance and appropriate referrals to individuals and families in the tri-county area to prevent homelessness, or rapidly re-house homeless families and individuals.
 Florida Keyw Children's Shelter logoclear Welcome to an organization that listens when no one listens. That cares when no one cares. That protects when there’s no protection. And that provides hope when all hope seems to be lost. Our job is to help children and their families get back on track—because everyone deserves the chance to shine. The Florida Keys Children’s Shelter is more than just a place to stay. Our extensive programs—both residential and non-residential—have helped and counseled thousands of children and families in their time of need since 1985. We’re dedicated to providing the best possible solutions for abused, abandoned or neglected children; and children that have run away, are truants, or are considered ungovernable by their parents.
The Domestic Abuse Shelter (DAS) is a non-profit organization, providing comprehensive services for individuals and families experiencing domestic and sexual abuse.

Our mission is to reduce the incidence and minimize the impact of domestic and sexual abuse in Monroe County by directing victims to appropriate, effective programs and services.

The Domestic Abuse Shelter offers free and confidential services that are tailored to the needs of each survivor. Please contact our 24 Hour Hotline to speak with an advocate: (305) 743-4440

  • First Haitian Evangelical Baptist Church of Key West
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Florida Keys Community College is an open-access, educational institution dedicated to serving the intellectual, diverse, cultural, and occupational needs of the Florida Keys as well as the global community. The college is committed to student-centric academic programs and services, workforce development, continuing education, diverse partnerships, electronically delivered instruction, and sustainable practices that prepare students for personal success and responsible citizenship. At FKCC, we value:

  • Academic Excellence
    continuous improvement and growth in all areas of the college
  • Student Success and Achievement
    fulfillment of intended educational and personal goals
  • Faculty and Staff Engagement
    collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation among faculty and staff
  • Individualism and Diversity
    respecting diverse views, fostering an open exchange of information, ideas, and feelings
  • Civic and Environmental Responsibility
    individual, institutional, and societal accountability
  • Community Partnerships
    community pride, economic development, and unity
WestCare logo Guidance/Care-Center, Inc. (GCC) provides behavioral health services, education, and support to benefit:

  • People from all incomes and walks of life
  • Adults, children, and families
  • Persons experiencing issues with mental health and/or substance abuse problems
  • Persons in crisis
  • Adults with serious and persistent mental illness
  • Mothers and fathers working to be better parents
  • Children and youth with a behavior problem.

The Florida Department of Health in Monroe County serves the residents of and visitors to the Florida Keys. DOH-Monroe maintains seven sites from Key West to Key Largo, including four clinics, three community health services offices and an administrative center. Staff can be reached at (305) 293-7500 during regular business hours and after hours (via answering service).

Created by the City of Key West in 1938, the Housing Authority of the City of Key West, Florida owns, manages, develops and administers federal, state and local affordable workforce housing programs for very low to moderate income families in our community. In the more than seventy-five year history of the Housing Authority it has grown from one public housing community with only a handful of employees, to administering four non-profit entities with 80 employees managing 5 low-income communities with 590 units, 10 affordable housing communities with 430 units, 254 Housing Choice Vouchers (Section 8) in addition to operating 225 units and 200 Housing Choice Vouchers for the Monroe County Housing Authority and administering several Federal and State programs and grants for local governments throughout Monroe County totaling millions of dollars.
  Where Hope Starts To Heal – Counseling for Individuals and Families

Strengthening our community by helping individuals realize their best self through personal growth.

Here at Key Bridge, we are committed to a single goal: we strive to make the world a better place. Explore our website to learn more about all that we’re doing to make a change. We are a private, non-profit organization dedicated to helping those in need overcome challenges, while encouraging them to find meaning in their lives.

Lower Keys Medical Center (LKMC) is a 167 bed, full service, Joint Commission accredited, outstanding, acute care medical facility with a

  • 24/7 emergency room
  • 24/7 laboratory
  • 24/7 radiology services
  • 24/7 specially equipped medical transport helicopter on its pad

LKMC has a partnership with the world class medical facility–Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL–for the cardiac services and other advanced care it provides.

LKMC is also proud to be the only hospital in the Florida Keys that offers labor and delivery services. We also offer physical therapy in Key West using a multi-joint strength system, in addition to other innovative systems and equipment for customized rehabilitation.

LKMC is fully accredited by the State of Florida and the gold standard, The Joint Commission.

The Monroe Association for ReMARCable Citizens is a non-profit agency that serves adult clients within Monroe County who have developmental disabilities that include mental retardation (I.Q. 69 or below), cerebral palsy, spina bifida, Prader-Willi Syndrome, and traumatic brain injury sustained prior to age 18.

MARC provides numerous services for our clients. These services are designed to insure that each client receives training and support that enhances his or her individual abilities to understand daily community routines and learn social, self-care, vocational skills. Other services provide medical and therapeutic supervision and help to increase a client’s ability to develop friendships with non-disabled persons.

  The Monroe County Public Library System is a public library system located in Monroe County, Florida, which includes the Florida Keys. The system has five branches located in Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, and Key West. The Monroe County Public Library system aims to “serve the educational, recreational and informational needs and interests” of the communities of the Florida Keys.
  Navy Gateway Inns and Suites combines all the comforts of a hotel while specializing in official business accommodations.
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Our Mission is to provide homeless individuals and families with the resources and opportunities by which to attain residential, financial and personal stability and self-sufficiency. The FKOC further seeks to address the underlying causes of homelessness and work toward its elimination in Monroe County , Florida .

Our Vision is to be a model human service organization dedicated to eradicating homelessness by empowering individuals and families to grow toward reaching their full potential.

City of Key West The Key West Police Department is a state accredited organization made up of dedicated and professional men and women. Our island is home to a unique and diverse community, which is reflected throughout the ranks of the department. We protect and serve a population of 25,000 full-time residents, with over two million visitors each year. Whether you are visiting the island or you are lucky enough to call Key West your home, please be safe and enjoy your time in Paradise.
Rural Health Network is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and depends upon grants and contributions from the community. We are supported by the local county government, the State of Florida, the federal government, local foundations, community contributions and by patient fees. Patient fees are offered on a sliding fee scale bases, known as a “Fair Share” clinic. All discounted health care charges requires documented proof of income. See “services tab” for details.

We are a Monroe County based entity, with 100% Monroe County employees, and a 100% Monroe County Board of Directors (that represent the entire Florida Keys, from Key Largo to Key West), and funded in large part by Monroe County tax dollars. Rural Health Network has been here to serve the citizens of Monroe County for the past 19 years, with direct care services over the past twelve years.

  “We welcome all who come to eat yet distinguish no one. We treat everyone with the dignity that is theirs as God’s children in the hope that each person will reclaim the dignity provided them in the image and the likeness of God in Jesus Christ.”

From our humble beginnings of handing out sandwiches from the trunk of a car thirty five years ago, this ministry has grown to the point now where it operates seven days a week, 364 days a year.

Each day of the year (except Christmas Day when other churches take this responsibility), St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen serves a hot meal to approximately one hundred patrons.

In addition, each guest is also provided with a bag lunch “to go” providing 2000 calories a day to help meet additional nutritional needs.

St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen is primarily supported by parishioners from the Basilica of St. Mary Star of the Sea; however, our mission and goals are also supported by most of the churches and temples in Key West, by restaurants, by government grants and by the good will of thousands.

With admiration from the Municipal Government of the City of Key West, Saint Mary’s Soup Kitchen has been invited to become the foundation for integrated services for the homeless in the City of Key West.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact our Soup Kitchen Coordinator Mary Leen at 305-294-2772

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
Samuel’s House provides housing and supportive services for homeless women and intact families to aid them in becoming self-sufficient.

Our mission is to provide housing in a nurturing environment for homeless women, women with children, men with children and intact families, and to provide them with care coordination beneficial to their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.

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United Way of the Florida Keys leads a community-wide partnership with a diverse set of vetted, volunteer-selected nonprofit agencies in Monroe County, Florida. UWFK supports programs that improve early childhood education and provide access to quality, nutritious food in support of healthy lifestyles. Nonprofit partner agencies supported by UWFK include education programs, food pantries, and transitional living shelters, among others. Through their good work, we seek to enact their mission to be the leader in community caring by mobilizing the caring power of our community to advance the common good.
VA logo VA is committed to ending homelessness among Veterans. Our focus is threefold:

  • Conducting coordinated outreach to proactively seek out Veterans in need of assistance.
  • Connecting homeless and at-risk Veterans with housing solutions, health care, health care for homless veteranscommunity employment services and other required supports.
  • Collaborating with federal, state and local agencies; employers; housing providers, faith-based and community nonprofits; and others to expand employment and affordable housing options for Veterans exiting homelessness.
VNAHospice_logo_only Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/Hospice) is a non-profit, community organization which has been providing quality home health care, palliative care and hospice care with comfort, care and compassion for over 30 years. Individuals, friends and family can initiate VNA/Hospice services. Please call us and let us share how we can help you and your family.

  • Individuals and their families benefit from the support of an expert, inter-disciplinary team of physicians, nurses, nursing aides, social workers, physical and occupational therapists, speech therapists, volunteers, and chaplains.
  • We provide the most complete and comprehensive programs and services to care for individuals and support their families and caregivers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.
  • We take care of you wherever you call home: at your residence, assisted living facility, nursing home or in the hospital.
  • Specially-trained VNA/Hospice nurses are available by phone 365 days a year to answer patient and caregiver questions.
  • We provide the medications, medical supplies and medical equipment that relate to your diagnosis.
What does it take to help America’s most vulnerable citizens? Commitment. Innovation. A willingness to step forward when the task is most difficult. Volunteers of America of Florida strives to uplift people in desperate need by working in the trenches where we can effect real change.

Volunteers of America of Florida provids health services, housing and training, education and employment to our most needy residents. We are recognized as the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless veterans in Florida, serving 13 communities from Pensacola to Key West.

Through our wide-range of programs and services, we are able to reduce public expenditures for homelessness, hospitalization and institutionalization. We focus on results, continually improving the delivery of services to ensure that those we serve thrive.

Wesley House Family Services was founded in the early part of the last century by the Methodist Church as a settlement program for Key West’s Cuban community. This included a kindergarten to teach English to Cuban children and ease their transition into public school. Over the years, our organization has continued to grow geographically and in responsibility to meet the multitude of needs in the community.

In 1971, in response to an overwhelming need for professional child care in Key West, the agency instituted the area’s first full-time child care center for working parents. An infant care program was established in 1983. By 1989, the need for quality, affordable child care had become critical throughout Monroe County. Wesley House became the coordinating agency for all of Monroe County’s licensed child care services and, in 2005, began administering the Voluntary Prekindergarten program throughout the County. Wesley House was selected for the child dependency care system throughout the Florida Keys when the program was privatized in 2005.

Agency programs encompass all aspects of the dependency care system including family support and prevention services for troubled families experiencing challenges and discord; full case management services when there is risk of harm to a child; foster and adoptive family recruitment, training and support services when it is necessary to remove a child from his or her family and the Healthy Families-Monroe program promoting positive parent-child relationships for expectant and new families.

Womankind is a medical center providing high-quality family planning and primary health care to people of all income levels.

Through increased accessibility to clinical services, collaboration with other community resources, community outreach and extensive client education, the goals of Womankind are to:

  • Educate women and their families within the full scope of health and wellness.
  • Assist women to become active participants in their own health care.
  • Reduce the incidence and transmission of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections.
  • Increase early detection and treatment of breast and cervical cancer.
  • Reduce the rate of births to teens and improve pregnancy outcomes.