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

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 the opportunity to have a home.
We embrace the following guiding principles:


  • Community-wide engagement is vital to achieving this mission, and all parties must be treated with respect and dignity;
  • Streamlining and integrating processes across the continuum is critical;
  • Coordination of resources will maximize services and reduce duplication.
  • Community members must have a voice through committees and work groups 
  • Safe, decent affordable housing for low and moderate income households must be a priority if homelessness is to be eliminated.
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Leslie Brown Loveless
Board Chair Elisa Graber
Board Chair Affiliation IBERIABANK
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2005
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2016
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $675,415.00
Projected Expenses $675,415.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement

Past Year Accomplishments:

1. Through a highly competitive bidding process, The Partnership secured $1.1 Million in new funding from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Through this process, three existing homeless housing projects and four new projects will be funded for Catholic Charities, Jewish Family and Children’s Service, CASL, the Salvation Army, Sarasota and Harvest House. Services funded include permanent supportive housing and financial assistance to rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families.

2. The Partnership secured a special Challenge Grant from the State Office on Homelessness, passing $166,680 through to member organizations for re-housing and rental assistance for homeless families, moving 45 families out of homelessness, and providing plans for sustainability.

3. For the fourth year in a row, the Partnership was awarded a Homeless Prevention grant by the State Office on Homelessness, passing $56,890 through, Turning Points, who leveraged additional funding to prevent 30 families from falling into homelessness.

4. The Partnership expanded its oversight of projects and performance outcomes, establishing formal program review standards and assuring that providers focused on outcomes rather than output.

Current Year Goals:

1. The Partnership will seek to secure the maximum renewal amounts for its existing federal grants and will again apply for Challenge Grant and Homeless Prevention funding to support its Strategic Action Plan.

2. The Partnership will assume local control of Emergency Solutions Grant funding to support sheltering, homeless prevention and rapid re-housing for homeless individuals and families.

3. The Partnership will continue to advocate and educate on affordable housing and the Housing First model.

4. In addition to special initiatives around homeless families and veterans, the Partnership will work with its partners to identify new models to support single adults, unaccompanied youth, and the LGBT community.

Needs Statement

1. As the Partnership's role in overseeing and monitoring the quality of homeless services grants increases, staffing increase necessitates larger/remodeled space and furnishings to accommodate.

2. We need sponsors to cover the cost of printing our "Sarasota Resource Guide for Homeless Services", current costs being $1/guide, printed in batches of 1,000, or $1,000 per printing.

3. We need a sponsor to cover the cost of annual meeting room rental for the Continuum of Care meetings at $750/year, and refreshments for those meetings at $325.

4. We need sponsors to cover the cost of development and printing of outreach materials educating on homelessness. Est. $1,000-$3,000.

5. The Partnership's professional staff supports consistent strategic planning, training, reporting, grant assistance and project design for our many partners and the community. Dedicated, recurring funding from Municipalities and the two county governments is crucial.

Background Statement
Forward-looking leadership in both Manatee and Sarasota Counties recognized early on the importance of regional planning and collaboration to fund and coordinate services to prevent, reduce and eliminate homelessness. Planning began in 1995, when the Department of Housing and Urban Development required local communities establish Continuums of Care, defined as local partnerships that coordinate services for homeless prevention, shelter and re-housing, and transition to permanent housing. Moving individuals and families from dependency to self-sufficiency has always been at the forefront.  By identifying needs and gaps, this continuum would then be able to develop strategic plans that aligned with community goals.  In 2005, community leaders and elected officials established The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness to lead this effort.  At that time, it was recognized that the Partnership would need to include many different sectors -- non-profit, for-profit, faith-based, business, law enforcement, health care, city and county governments -- and that its mission would go beyond federal mandates.  In its eight years of operation, the Partnership has been awarded over $6 Million Dollars in Continuum of Care funding that has gone to direct service and management of the Homeless Management Information System.  In addition, being a Continuum of Care in good standing allowed partner organizations to apply for additional funding such as Emergency Solutions Grants and Supportive Services for Veterans Families, bringing another $2 Million Dollars to the community. 
The Partnership administers the data and case management system that links all participating providers together, allowing for better planning and reducing duplication of services.  In addition to training and reporting support, the staff provide the equivalent of "Help Desk" for the users of the system, who contact us by phone or e-mail to quickly resolve issues.   With coordination becoming more critical, we anticipate system enhancements.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Community Improvement, Capacity Building
Secondary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
homeless advocacy, community planning, homeless prevention ,homeless census, grantmaking
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of watching the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness raise the bar for our organization and for our Continuum of Care members. While the issues surrounding homelessness are challenging, our community has come together, showing a steadfast commitment to helping our region’s poorest and most at risk citizens so that they may take charge of their lives and thrive.

This past year our Continuum of Care members collaborated with leaders from government and community foundations. Thanks to their hard work and dedication we now have two new family shelters that provide basic necessities to our most vulnerable citizens - but of course our work is far from done.

Now we face the hurdles of transitional housing for the chronically homeless and affordable housing for our growing population of working poor. At the Partnership, we believe there are solutions to these daunting issues. While the answers may not come easily, they will evolve as our community leaders continue to focus on finding solutions and resolve not to look away. There is one thing all can agree upon: these issues will not solve themselves. 

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Over the past year, The Partnership has had the opportunity to engage in many community dialogues as we continue to address the complex and challenging issues surrounding our homeless citizens.  Many of the recommendations in Dr. Marbut's report are proceeding positively - especially as they apply to (1) enhancements to the Partnership's Homeless Management Information System, and (2) intervention for homeless families with children. We have a unique position, being fully engaged in the community discussions and having the capacity to steer conversations from a neutral perspective. Because we are not a direct service provider, our energy is focused on finding solutions, bringing partners together, making the community safer for all. In the coming year we will work with our partners on strategies that target chronically homeless adults and couples.  Much like the homeless families with children, this group faces many of the same barriers  -- unemployment or under employment, physical disability, mental health/substance abuse issues.  We are also focusing on Affordable Housing -- many working people cannot afford the current market rate rentals and lower cost rentals are in short supply.  With all the good work our partners do on prevention and rapid re-housing of homeless families with children, sustainability is a challenge. By piloting a master case management system, we hope to see improved outcomes. Our diverse governing Board remains strong, works closely with the Continuum Advisory Council, and provides leadership on this very important issue.  
Leslie Loveless, M.Ed., LMHC
Executive Director 
The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness directs the activities of the broad Homeless Services Continuum of Care serving Manatee and Sarasota Counties, linking public and private partners, facilitate planning meetings and sharing of best practices, coordinate grant applications for continuum members, and in some cases administering pass-through grants.  As lead agency, we also follow and advocate on local homeless issues, and provide current data on the homeless in our community. 
Budget $125,000
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 Partnership will be responsible for developing and maintaining a well coordinated continuum of services for homeless and at-risk individuals and families, with a robust, stable membership of at least 45 organizations and individuals.
2) The Partnership as Collaborative Applicant, will continue to bring $800,000/year into the community from HUD.
Long Term Success
The long-term success of the Continuum of Care program will be measured by the decrease in the overall homeless population for Manatee and Sarasota Counties, with a goal of 30% decrease by 2016, based on the Annual Point-in-Time survey.  
Program Success Monitoring
1) The Partnership uses several tools to measure performance:
   a) 90% Satisfaction Rate based on annual survey conducted for the Florida Department of Children’s and Families and other Funders.
   b)The Annual Performance Report (APR) prepared for HUD assesses a grant that supports the Partnership’s HMIS program, and those grants issued to partner service providers.  All APRs have been accepted as evidence of program success, resulting in renewal of housing grants for homeless individuals and families.
 c) An Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR) is compiled and submitted to Congress Annually.
 d) A monthly Community Activity Report is prepared for Florida, Manatee and Sarasota County governments along with a performance report measuring progress on deliverables including CoC meetings and communications, # of HMIS reports and grant applications.  These reports are used by funders to assess Suncoast Partnership operations and provide ongoing funding for the agency’s programs.
Program Success Examples
Grant Awards
Since 2005, the Suncoast Partnership has been awarded over $6 million for agencies to provide homeless and homeless prevention services in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.
Community Database
The Partnership administers the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a network of over 150 caseworkers and 45 agencies and programs.  Data from our HMIS is used to prepare the annual homeless report to the U. S. Congress.
Description Sarasota Coalition work is conducted through the Homeless Committee of the Community Alliance.  The partnership provides focus and leadership at bi-monthly meetings. Working with both the public and private sector, the Partnership develops and tracks the Strategic Initiatives Action Plan  which will address both county and city government needs and plans.   
Budget $82,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Services for the Homeless
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Victims
Short Term Success
Community Partners will collaborate to:
1) Open a come as you are shelter by 1/2016.
2) Open north and south family emergency portals by 1/2015 
3) All community partners will fully utilize the Homeless and at-risk Management Information System (HMIS) to coordinate real-time assistance to homeless families and individuals by 1/2015. 
Long Term Success
The number of homeless individuals documented in the annual Point-in-Time survey for Sarasota County will decrease 20% by 2016.
The number of homeless families documented in the annual Point-in-Time survey for Sarasota County will decrease 40% by 2016. 
Program Success Monitoring
1) Homeless and at-risk Management Information System (HMIS), ongoing
2) Point-in-Time Survey done January each year 
Program Success Examples The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness entered into an agreement with Venetian Walk to identify and refer elderly homeless individuals for housing in designated units.  By reaching out to partners throughout Sarasota County, we were able to identify and house 4 elderly homeless individuals, reducing homelessness and providing safe, decent affordable housing.
Description The HMIS system is administered by the Suncoast Partnership to End Homeless, and serves as a foundation for the coordination of services to individuals and families who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness.  The Partnership currently contracts for the Bowman system, a sophisticated product that meets requirements for federal and state level grant reporting and provides the community with data on an ongoing basis. The partnership employs 3 full-time IT specialists who are responsible for managing the proprietary system, developing programming as necessary, generating reports for grants and quality assurance purposes, training users and providing "help desk" response for those users when problems arise.  This staff also provides annual database and analysis of Point-in-Time data and maintains the Partnership website.
Budget $200,000
Category Science & Technology, General/Other Computer & Information Science
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Victims
Short Term Success
The HMIS system will become a real-time data and case management system, with users meeting the expected timelines for recording information.
Long Term Success The HMIS system will maintain 95% data quality among all users.
Program Success Monitoring
1) By continuing to meet all deadlines and quality standards for reporting, the HMIS system will continue to receive HUD funds to cover portion of the budget.
2) Users of the system will continue to report 95% satisfaction rate with training and support. 
Program Success Examples Over the past year, the HMIS team has issued providers report cards to advise them on data quality issues.   All providers are currently rated "A".
Description Each year, the State of Florida holds a competition among CoC lead agencies for funding of special services to homeless.  The Partnership submitted an application, working with four partner agencies -- Jewish Family and Children's Services, Turning Points, and the Salvation Armies in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.  We were awarded $180,000 to provide rapid rehousing services to homeless families with children. Performance-based contracts were given to the four partner agencies, who agreed to provide structured case management measuring progress and sustainability of those families being rehoused.The Partnership will provide technical assistance and monitor progress and performance. 
Budget $180,000
Category Human Services, General/Other Family-Based Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Homeless Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success Short-term, there will be outreach to homeless families in shelter or on the streets, with case managers quickly developing positive, supportive relationships. The goal of rapid rehousing is to have families placed in permanent housing within 30-45 days. 100% of those enrolled will have a Housing and Sustainability Plan developed, and 100% will have their progress measure on the Self Sufficiency Outcome Matrix (SSOM).
Long Term Success By the end of the grant, we will have housed 45 families with children, All of the case management is done through the Homeless Management Information System, allowing partnership staff to confirm services and placement.  The goal will be to have 85% retention in housing one year after placement.
Program Success Monitoring The monitoring plan for this project is very detailed, involving both client service review and fiscal documentation.  Desk audits will be done monthly to assure compliance, training for staff will be ongoing.  In the final month of the project (June, 2016), staff will conduct on-site visits to review documentation, interview staff and also families involved in the project.  Final outcomes will be measured objectively through the Homeless Management Information System at grant end, and one year out.
Program Success Examples This is a new project, based on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's model.   Rapid Rehousing is part of the Housing First philosophy, which has a proven record with the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The four providers involved have been piloting rapid rehousing, and longer-term success is being evaluated.
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.  
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mrs. Leslie Brown Loveless
CEO Term Start Nov 2012
CEO/Executive Director Email
25+ years nonprofit management experience in mental health, social services, workforce services, founding board member of the Suncoast Partnership. Bachelors from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX., Masters in Education from University of North Texas, Licensed Mental Health Professional, Graduate - Leadership Sarasota Class of 2009, Eckerd College Leadership, 2011.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Adrienne Lazeroff Oct 2006 - Apr 2007
Richard Martin Apr 2007 - Oct 2012
Senior Staff
Brandon Bellows HMIS / IT Manager
Jackie McNeil Office Manager
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 1
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 20
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness is an active member of the Florida Coalition for the Homeless and the Florida Housing Coalition, allowing for collaboration state-wide on issues affecting the homeless.  As a member of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, we have agreed to staff the Homeless Committee for that organization.  We have recently begun collaborating with the Veterans Administration and Public Housing Authority to address housing issues for our Veterans.   The list of members in our Continuum of Care attests to the diversity of partners who are working with us to meet our mission
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Commercial General Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted Jan 2014
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Policies and Procedures Yes
Management Comments by Organization The Partnership continues to operate with a small, professional staff, all of whom are multi-talented and committed to the mission.  With a modest budget and inability to grow staff, we support each other and remain committed to add value to our partners in the continuum.
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
The Partnership continually updates its website to provide the community with resources, data and clear information on homelessness in our region.  This past year we also launched a Facebook page.
Board Chair
Board Chair Elisa Graber
Company Affiliation IBERIABANK
Board Term Oct 2014 to Sept 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Commissioner Paul Caragiulo Sarasota County
Kevin Cooper Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Commissioner Robin DiSabatino Manatee Board of County Commissioners
Philip Gorelick Jewish Family and Children's Service of the Suncoast
Elisa Graber IberiaBank
Ali Kleber Community Volunteer
Melissa Lane Child Protection Center
Melissa Larkin-Skinner Centerstone of Florida
Shawna Machado Safe Children Coalition of Sarasota County
Joseph Mercado Turning Points, Community Coalition on Homelessness
Martha Meyers Manatee Technical College
Elizabeth Nolan Selby Public Library
Julia Showers The Salvation Army, Manatee County
Bonnie Silvestri USF Office of Community Engagement and Partnerships
Rita Smith Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate
Paul Sutton Community Alliance of Sarasota County
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 13
Hispanic/Latino 2
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 5
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 77
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
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization
Although the Partnership is a private 501(c)3, in order to secure critical grant funding for our region, we must establish certain structures in our governance to comply with the HEARTH Act.  To fully engage the Continuum of Care members as contemplated by the Act, we have established the Continuum Membership as an Advisory Council to assist with strategic planning.  As an organization primarily focused on planning and facilitation, coordination of grants, oversight and monitoring, and data collection and reporting, it is sometimes difficult for the public and donors to see our full value.    The planning framework and objective leadership that the Partnership provides lessens administrative burdens on our partners so that they can focus on direct delivery of services to those in need.  
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $675,415.00
Projected Expenses $675,415.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years?
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical 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 Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$482,534$368,805$346,133
Individual Contributions$54,525$14,330$27,794
Investment Income, Net of Losses$3$3$2
Membership Dues$4,542$4,125$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$33,118$33,850$15,434
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$469,156$406,280$334,831
Administration Expense$17,398$17,443$31,050
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.141.041.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$198,524$130,880$119,899
Current Assets$196,938$128,059$115,107
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$15,955$15,361$20,342
Total Net Assets$182,569$115,519$99,557
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Federal $198,027Government Grants - Local $156,828Government Grants - Local $156,828
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - Local $179,507Government Grants - Federal $114,244Government Grants - Federal $132,162
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants - State $105,000Government Grants - State $97,733Government Grants - State $57,143
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities12.348.345.66
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
The organization's last five audits reported no findings and management letters were not issued.  Stimulus funding for rehousing programs from HUD expanded our budget through 2011, but was not sustained.  The Partnership currently has a very lean budget, believing that the majority of funding should go directly to service providers.   However, in order to provide oversight and adequately support data management and the coordination of homeless services, additional funding for staffing would benefit our growing number of community partners.
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 34234
Phone 941 955-8987 102

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