Opening Doors Northwest Florida

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Opening Doors Northwest Florida held its annual U-Count Homeless Resource Day Thursday at the Salvation Army. The event follows the yearly Point-In-Time Count of homeless individuals living in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, which at last check totaled 528. 

Most of the surveys in the 2020 count were completed with a new software application that’s getting rave reviews.

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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 is no more. The agency has gotten a makeover, with a new name and a slightly new mission.

It’s now called Opening Doors Northwest Florida.

“The new name embodies being more open, not only for those that are homeless, making access to our organization more readily accessible,” said John Johnson, executive director. It also represents a focus on doing a better job serving the agency’s entire coverage area in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.