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City of Pensacola

Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s second virtual news conference Monday crossed the spectrum on the coronavirus, what the city’s doing to curb its spread, and a bit of a preview of after it passes.

“We encourage everyone to continue to follow the CDC guidelines and take preventative actions, even if you feel perfectly healthy,” said Robinson.

Speaking from his home where he’s under quarantine, the mayor said he spoke with officials from area hospitals, and all facilities seem to be “on green” for now when it comes the number of beds.

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Opening Doors Northwest Florida, Inc. is preparing for its January 22 Point-In-Time count of the area’s homeless people.

With a couple of weeks to go, there’s a need for more volunteers, and this year, their training will include instruction on how to use a new app designed to streamline the process.

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The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless recently conducted its 2018 Point-in-Time survey. The effort, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was conducted on January 24.

Staff and volunteers visited local shelters, encampments, and street corners in an effort to determine the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in the area and identify service needs.

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  If you’re thinking about purchasing a home in Escambia and the City of Pensacola, Uncle Sam may be able to help out if the home is in certain areas.

Administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the HOME program provides five-year loans. For the City of Pensacola, it comes under the umbrella of the Housing Division. Program Manager Tracy Pickens says they have about $260,000 in HOME funding.

Timothy Jones

Veteran advocate Timothy Jones and documentary filmmaker Trent Soto arrived in Tallahassee Monday, completing a 200 mile walk from Pensacola. Their goal was to raise awareness of efforts to end Veteran homelessness.

Jones and Soto got their walk started last Friday morning.

“It’s a beautiful day,” Jones said, as he and Soto were shooting the breeze with those who gathered at the Target Shopping Center on Nine Mile Road to see them off.

Joshua Morton

Despite a report that Habitat for Humanity is “beset with financial woes,” the organization’s executive director says it’s nothing they cannot handle.

The Pensacola News Journal quotes Larry Northup, Habitat’s volunteer chairman, as saying they’re “somewhat cash-strapped.” Figures from the article show revenue falling by half in 2013, according to its latest federal tax return, while contributions fell by two-thirds to $3.6 million.

Nathan Monk

The 2015 Point-In-Time Homeless Survey is underway around the country. The count is conducted over a 24 hour period to count sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons and to determine their most pressing needs.  Locally, the 2015 survey in Okaloosa and Walton Counties was conducted on January 22. The Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless will begin its annual count on this Wednesday.   

This year, the Point In Time Survey is starting a little earlier than usual, with plans for volunteers to fan out at sunrise.

Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless

The annual Point-In-Time Homeless Survey is getting underway around the country. The survey, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or HUD, is conducted over a 24 hour period to count sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. Data collected helps to determine their most pressing needs.