Suncoast Partnership To End Homelessness Inc
1750 17th Street
Building K-1
Sarasota FL 34234
Mission

The mission of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness is to prevent and end homelessness in Manatee and Sarasota counties. 

We envision communities where everyone has an opportunity to have a home.

We lead our community’s efforts and work to foster greater collaboration, cooperation and coordination, so that those who are experiencing homelessness have access to support, services and housing opportunities.

We assure that all community members have a voice and that safe, decent and affordable housing is available for those who experience homelessness.

Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Edward DeMarco
Board Chair Rita Smith
Board Chair Affiliation Coldwell Banker
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
 
IRS Letter of Determination
Name
IRS Letter of Determination of Tax Exempt StatusView
Other Documents
Annual ReportView
Impact Statement

Suncoast Partnership is the lead agency of the Continuum of Care in our region and administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  Our agency successfully brings in more than a million dollars annually from both federal, state and local levels in support of our local homeless service provision efforts.

  • Building staff capacity levels to be the ‘go to’ leadership organization regarding issues of homelessness in our area.
  • Launch of agency’s Oneby1 Coordinated Entry Initiative (January 2018) assuring those of high acuity of need are prioritized for housing opportunities.
  • Creation of a CoC Leadership Council (October 2017) to provide a forum for stakeholder input on issues related to addressing the Homeless Crisis Response System. As an example, the CoC Leadership Council identified a primary goal to permanently house 300 individuals who have been long term homeless during 2018.
  • Development of Unified Annual RFP for Homeless Services to provide use of nationally recognized best practices of housing focused principles.
Needs Statement

As we look to fill gaps in our homeless response system, we have identified the following needs:
1. $40,000 for the design, implementation, and management of an Early Intervention and Diversion program to help prevent homelessness before a crisis situation may develop.
2. $10,000 to start a Landlord Mitigation Fund. As our community struggles with affordable housing, a landlord mitigation fund can help incentivize landlords to work with our area service providers to provide stable housing for those persons coming out of homelessness that may have significant barriers. This fund can allow landlords and property owners who agree to rent to people in our community programs to recoup funds lost due to unpaid rent or excessive damage.
3. $35,000 to implement a family homeless response system for Manatee County as a result of the success of the Sarasota County Family Haven Alliance.

Background Statement

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. We are dedicated to creating a homeless crisis response system that will make homelessness, rare, brief and non-recurring.
The Suncoast Partnership is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care (CoC), and as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is governed by a Board of Directors that meets quarterly. The Suncoast Partnership is the collaborative applicant for federal grants for the CoC and the lead agency and recipient of the State of Florida Unified Grant.
The Suncoast Partnership provides administrative and strategic support for the two-county Continuum of Care (CoC). By advocating for ongoing improvements in our crisis response system for individuals and families who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness, the Suncoast Partnership believes that the community as a whole will have a better quality of life.
Regional coordination is aided by the use of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), managed by the Suncoast Partnership, a tool that community case managers can use to assist those who are homeless as they map out personalized plans to become permanently housed. HMIS also helps effectively evaluate performance and reduce duplication in services. The Suncoast 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.


Areas Served
Areas Served
Area
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

When I joined the Board of The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness four short years ago, it was beyond my wildest dreams that I would be asked to lead this amazing Board. I’m honored to be a member of this group of dedicated community leaders. Over the past few years The Partnership has worked diligently to find solutions to the homeless dilemma in our communities. With the tireless leadership of our executive director, Leslie Loveless, and her dedicated staff, The Partnership has made great strides. Through strategic partnerships we now have adequate housing for homeless women and children. We have a strong and growing Continuum of Care that is a testimony to the power of collaboration, and we have a robust HMIS database. The Homeless Management Information System, which is managed by The Partnership, provides our local service providers with the ability to share data, eliminate duplication of services, save money, track services provided and measure effectiveness. 

We have come so far in a few short years, and still we have so much work left to do. Some of the biggest hurdles loom ahead: finding homes for those who are chronically homeless, creating more affordable housing, and last but far from least - changing attitudes about those who are homeless. You may think there is little you as an individual can do – nothing is farther from the truth. If you have an interest in ending homelessness, come to a Continuum of Care meeting (the schedule can be found at www.suncoastpartnership.org) and follow the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness on Facebook. Before you know it, you’ll be connected with a group of diverse, yet like-minded neighbors who are also passionate about helping the most vulnerable members of our community. Your voice and support of The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness and our regional Continuum of Care will help our region’s poorest and most at risk citizens take charge of their lives and thrive.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

 

FY 2017 was certainly a year of big changes for the Suncoast Partnership.
A big challenge has been to look at ourselves and how we can better meet the community’s expectations to help lead in the implementation of a more effective homeless crisis intervention system. It was clear early on that we needed to build a better Suncoast Partnership. As I write this letter, well into FY 2018, we are at eleven staff, while we were only at five and a half to begin FY 2017. But adding staffing without purpose has never been the goal. Each staff person added is taking on the challenge of moving forward our communities’ efforts to house those who find themselves homeless.
A special thanks to Sarasota County, the City of Sarasota and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation for their assistance in providing the additional dollars needed to build our organizational leadership capacity.
There has also been a change in how we operate as a Continuum of Care (CoC) and a non-profit agency. By creating a Leadership Council to provide strategic guidance to the CoC and a separate Board of Directors for the Suncoast Partnership, we gave each new body a more clearly defined purpose moving into FY 2018.
And in FY 2017, with our continued emphasis on housing focused projects and programs, we have been able to see more than 900 people in our Continuum of Care find positive permanent housing outcomes. Though there is real room for improvement in working with those who are long term and/or chronically homeless, we have begun to see our efforts have an impact on the total number of those who are literally homeless, as reflected in the latest Point In Time count, which shows an 18% decrease from 2017.
None of this is possible without the cooperation and coordination from our Continuum of Care partners, our Board of Directors and our new Leadership Council.  With everyone working together, we can reach our goals for 2018 and beyond.

Warmest regards, 

Edward DeMarco, CEO 
Programs
Description

The federal government has created regional Homeless Continuums of Care that as part of their responsibility select a Lead Agency and Collaborative Applicant. For Manatee and Sarasota counties, the Suncoast Partnership has been selected to lead the efforts to prevent and end homelessness and bring the community together to cooperate and collaborate in that effort.

The Suncoast Homeless Continuum of Care with the Suncoast Partnership advocates for and seeks funding on behalf of persons who are homeless or at risk. The Suncoast Homeless Continuum of Care elects and approves membership in the Suncoast Continuum of Care Leadership Council which acts on its behalf.

Developed in 2017 by the Suncoast Continuum of Care, the new Suncoast CoC Leadership Council is responsible to provide direction, support and leadership to the efforts to assist those at risk and end homelessness for those who find themselves literally homeless. Through a new Governance Charter, the Leadership Council is set to assist in establishing goals for the Continuum of Care and work with the Suncoast Partnership in implementing strategies to meet these goals.

Along with developing coordination and cooperation among those providing services to the homeless, the Suncoast Partnership is responsible for the implementation of the federally mandated Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). HMIS reduces duplication in services, more readily identifies unmet needs and tracks performance to assure the system is responsive and required federal, state and local reports are generated.

Budget $990,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Short Term Success

1. The Suncoast Partnership and the Suncoast Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC), through the Suncoast CoC Leadership Council will develop initiatives to assist those who are homeless, and the funding obtained to implement these program initiatives. Utilizing resources such as the report for Sarasota County by the Florida Housing Coalition, “Developing a Homeless Crisis Response System” and best practices from other national experts in the field creates an Annual Request for Proposal to solicit from potential service providers applications for funding that meet these requirements and enhance collaboration and cooperation.

2. The Suncoast Partnership and the Suncoast Homeless Continuum of Care, through the Suncoast CoC Leadership Council will complete the grant applications for private and public funding, including local, state and federal grants, including but not limited to the State Unified Grant, Federal Continuum of Care, and other private and public funding sources.

3. The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) achieves at least a 90% data completion and 90% data timeliness record among agency participants.

Long Term Success

The Suncoast Partnership with the Suncoast Continuum of Care Suncoast Leadership Council has set goals for FY18 to assist 300 of the high and highest acuity of need persons who are literally homeless, achieve a permanent positive outcome. 85% of those persons will remain housed within a year of their exit from local program services and 30% will see an increase in income as a result of their participation.

Program Success Monitoring

The Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) provides data from local service providers who assist those who are homeless or at risk. Three specific reports are used to measure success.

1. Continuum of Care Performance Reports: Through HMIS, we measure monthly, quarterly and annual performance standards for each provider and for the CoC overall. This report measures number of those with a positive outcome, number with increase income, total number of those receiving services and the demographic breakdown of those being served.

2. The federally Annual Performance Report is required of projects that utilize federal funds for the homeless, including, but not limited to ESG and CoC funded projects.

3. The Annual Homeless Assessment Report is compiled and submitted to Congress each year. The Suncoast Partnership and the Suncoast Homeless Continuum of Care provide data to the federal government to inform the report on local conditions.

Program Success Examples

Grant Awards – Over the past three years in state and federal funding more than five million dollars have been received in Sarasota and Manatee counties as a result of the efforts and through the management of the Suncoast Partnership.

Description

In order to assure that those with highest acuity of need, among those who are literally homeless, the Oneby1 coordinated entry system has been developed and is being implemented for Sarasota and Manatee counties. The goal is a system where each client who is experiencing homelessness receives the same intake and assessment process. As part of Oneby1 coordinated entry clients are ranked on a by-name list according to their need acuity, length of homelessness and length of time waiting for housing related services.

Included in this process is $40,000 in new funding for the design, implementation, and management of an Early Intervention and Diversion program to assist those who can self-resolve their situations without becoming homeless or assist those who are newly homeless to quickly resolve to reduce the effects of trauma associated with being homeless over a long period of time.

In addition, in order to achieve positive housing outcomes for those who are literally homeless, it is important to create long term relationships with landlords and housing management companies. One way to create those relationships is through offering a Landlord Mitigation Fund, made possible with an additional $10,000 to start. As our community struggles with affordable housing, a landlord mitigation fund can help incentivize landlords to work with our area service providers to provide stable housing for those persons coming out of homelessness that may have significant barriers. This fund can allow landlords and property owners who agree to rent to people in our community programs to recoup funds lost due to unpaid rent or excessive damage.

Budget $180,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Families
Short Term Success

1. In order to achieve the goal of finding a permanent housing outcome for 300 of those with the high and highest acuity of need, the Oneby1 system must be able to identify those persons, facilitate proper referrals and provide a framework for services for those who do not meet the high or highest acuity of need and still require services to facilitate their re-housing.

2. By reviewing monthly, quarterly and annual performance reports we should be able to assess the percentage of positive permanent housing outcomes for both groups.

3. Through a Housing Coordinator, those in agencies who were work daily with landlords to place those who are homeless in permanent housing will be able to provide feedback from landlords and evaluate the need for increased mitigation funding.

Long Term Success

The Suncoast Partnership through the HMIS system will not only track immediate outcomes but be able to review long term (one and two year) outcomes related to the ability of the clients to maintain housing.

Program Success Monitoring

The Homeless Management Information provides data from local service providers who assist those who are homeless or at risk. Three specific reports are used to measure success.

1. Continuum of Care Performance Reports: Through HMIS, we measure monthly, quarterly and annual performance standards for each provider and for the Continuum of Care overall. This report measures number of those with a positive outcome, number with increase income, total number of those receiving services and the demographic breakdown of those being served.

2. The federally Annual Performance Report is required of projects that utilize federal funds for the homeless, including, but not limited to ESG and CoC funded projects.

3. The Annual Homeless Assessment Report is compiled and submitted to Congress each year. The Suncoast Partnership and the Suncoast Homeless Continuum of Care provide data to the federal government to inform the report on local conditions.

Program Success Examples

1. Those who are homeless have seven designated Access Points established for Oneby1 Coordinated Entry, including mobile staff who outreach to persons wherever they are located.

2. Within the first 45 days from the implementation of the Oneby1 Coordinated Entry process more than 250 persons were identified as literally homeless and seeking housing.

3. The CoC Leadership Council has established a goal of assisting as many as 300 high acuity of need homeless persons become housed in 2018. The Oneby1 Coordinated Entry system has begun identifying and referring these clients to projects that provide permanent housing solutions.

Comments
Program Comments by Organization To meet our ongoing mission, we need to grow a small, talented and professional staff and assure that recurring funding and reserves support the work we need to do.  Our community partners in the continuum should be able to rely on the Partnership to assist and guide them as they develop programs and services, and local leaders should see us as experts on the issue.  
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Edward DeMarco
CEO Term Start Mar 2017
CEO/Executive Director Email Ed@SuncoastPartnership.org
Experience

Ed DeMarco has a long history of working in Social Service agencies improving access to services for the clients. As Director of a five county Job Training Partnership, Mr. DeMarco led community efforts to achieve record breaking employment during a time of the highest unemployment for the area. With four years at the Suncoast Partnership, Ed DeMarco was asked to assume the leadership of the agency and assist in leading community efforts to improve the crisis response system for those who homeless and at risk.

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
NameTerm
Leslie Loveless Nov 2012 - Mar 2017
Richard Martin Apr 2007 - Oct 2012
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Brandon Bellows Director of Data & Technology
Tara Booker Director of Operations & Grants
Jackie McNeil Office/Finance Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 10
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 82
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 45
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Collaborations

Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness is an active member of the National Coalition for the Homeless, as well as the Florida Coalition for the Homeless, and the Florida Housing Coalition, allowing for collaboration state-wide on issues affecting the homeless.  We also collaborate with the Central Florida Behavioral Health Network to address those with drug, alcohol and mental health issues, the Veterans Administration to address housing issues for our Veterans, the Public Housing authority in order to provide long term assistance, and the YMCA Schoolhouse Link and Family Resources for homeless youth, among others.   The list of members in our Continuum of Care attests to the diversity of partners who are working with us to meet our mission. 

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
External Assessments and Accreditations
Assessment/AccreditationYear
Awards & Recognition
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Agency Collaboration AwardGlasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center2018
Unity AwardSarasota Magazine2018
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Plans
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Policies
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Comments
Management Comments by Organization

Over the past year the Suncoast Partnership has strengthened its capacity to lead our communities in ending homelessness.  Our current is a group dynamic and skilled professionals who are dedicated to our mission.  The Suncoast Partnership has a total of 11 employees (10 full-time, one part-time) and with this increased capacity support from the community at-large.  The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness is now poised in reaching maximum impact.

Multi-Media Comments by Organization
The Suncoast Partnership continually updates its website www.suncoastpartnership.org to provide the community with resources, data and clear information on homelessness in our region. Also, please join us on Facebook!
Board Chair
Board Chair Rita Smith
Company Affiliation Coldwell Banker
Board Term Jan 2018 to Sept 2019
Board Chair Email ritab.smith@floridamoves.com
Board Members
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Ed DeMarco SecretarySuncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Inc.
Shellie Freeland Eddie City of Sarasota
Philip Gorelick Vice ChairAdvocate
Ali Kleber Community Volunteer
Melissa Larkin-Skinner Centerstone of Florida
Daniel Lundy Advocate
David Moore Advocate
Rita B. Smith Board ChairColdwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Paul Sutton Sarasota Coalition on Substance Abuse
Ben Wagner TreasurerSarasota Yacht Club
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 2
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 6
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 94
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Executive
Comments
Governance Comments by Organization

The mission of the Suncoast Partnership shall be to prevent and end homelessness throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. The Suncoast Partnership will provide leadership to the communities on issues relating to homelessness through engagement and collaboration with business and civic leaders, service providers, faith-based organizations, advocates, concerned citizens and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.  By engaging all sectors in planning and implementation of projects, there will be solutions that improve the quality of life for all citizens. That those who experience homelessness are assisted by strategies to assure homelessness is rare, brief and non-recurring.

The purposes for which the Suncoast Partnership is organized are exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,189,352.00
Projected Expenses $1,176,605.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Audit2017
Audit2016
Audit2015
Audit2014
Audit2013
Audit2012
Audit2011
Audit2010
Audit2009
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$9,500$0$0
Government Contributions$1,019,673$629,465$482,534
Federal$567,030$360,256$198,027
State$265,643$82,209$105,000
Local$187,000$187,000$179,507
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$67,753$35,573$54,525
$0$0$0
--$14,500$12,000
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2$5$3
Membership Dues$5,125$5,025$4,542
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$13,435$12,659$33,118
Other$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$962,289$631,957$469,156
Administration Expense$44,340$44,497$17,398
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.131.011.14
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%93%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$407,306$213,135$198,524
Current Assets$404,689$212,182$196,938
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$87,389$22,452$15,955
Total Net Assets$319,917$190,683$182,569
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $567,030Government Grants - Federal $360,256Government Grants - Federal $198,027
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $265,643Government Grants - Local $187,000Government Grants - Local $179,507
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $187,000Government Grants - State $82,209Government Grants - State $105,000
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $75,001 - $100,000
Tax Credits No
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.639.4512.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

The organization’s last six audits reported no findings and management letters were not issued. Suncoast Partnership is the lead organization in Sarasota and Manatee Counties on issues related to preventing and ending homelessness in our communities. Suncoast Partnership continues to receive support from federal, state, and local governments along with community partners such as local foundations and the United Way to achieve maximum impact with enhanced capacity building. In addition, Suncoast Partnership believes that funding should be focused on the efforts needed to house those who experience homelessness.  

Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the IRS Form 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from the IRS Form 990s.  The Federal tax returns and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Suncoast Partnership To End Homelessness Inc
Address 1750 17th Street
Building K-1
Sarasota, FL
Phone 941 955-8987 102

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