Guest Column

The Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County — Time to Grow


The Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County is a beacon of hope for families facing homelessness. The coalition provides a lifeline of support that includes low-income affordable permanent housing along with the much-needed wrap-around services to create resiliency and self-sufficiency.

With a dedicated focus on empowering unhoused families to rebuild their lives, the coalition's comprehensive programs and services play a crucial role in breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Parents, with minor children living in the household, that are experiencing homelessness often face unique challenges that can make it difficult to secure stable housing and employment. The Homeless Coalition recognizes the specific needs of these populations and offers tailored assistance to address their individual circumstances and housing barriers. Case managers create a plan consisting of goal setting, life skills training, financial education and child care to personally address each family's needs.

One of the key initiatives of the Homeless Coalition is its commitment to helping our families secure meaningful employment. Through partnerships with local businesses and staffing agencies, the coalition coordinates job placement services, skills training programs and resume-building workshops to help individuals find sustainable work.

By empowering our families to become financially independent, the coalition aims to create a pathway to stability and success for these families. The Homeless Coalition recently began reporting timely rent payments to all three credit bureaus to increase credit scores and begin preparing families for home ownership.

In response to the ever-growing family homeless population, the Homeless Coalition has launched the 2024 Expansion Campaign to expand needed low-income affordable housing units and supportive services. The campaign aims to raise $5.6 million to add 16 new cottages and a Children's Education Center to further strengthen the foundation for families to flourish. These new facilities will not only provide much-needed housing for unhoused families but will also develop a supportive community in which our children can thrive and build a future.

The addition of new cottages will offer families a safe and secure place to call home while they rebuild their lives. An on-site Children's Education Center will create an environment that will allow children to continue their education through tutoring and creativity sessions outside of school. To make this vision a reality, the Homeless Coalition is calling on the community to support the 2024 Expansion Campaign.

We need you and your help to raise the funds needed to access this campaign’s full impact and potential reach. With the community's help, the coalition can continue to work towards ending family homelessness in St Johns County.

Together, we can make a difference and provide a brighter future for those facing homelessness and hardship. Please help us reach our $5.6 million goal by donating now. You may donate online at

If you would like a tour of our five-acre campus and learn more about the services the Homeless Coalition provides, contact us at 904-819-0059.