Mission: The mission of the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition is to provide homeless individuals and families with the resources and opportunities by which to attain financial, residential and personal stability and self-sufficiency.
Geographic areas served: Monroe County, Florida
Programs: Fkoc operates seven residential facilities providing 20-emergency shelter beds for unaccompanied men; 95-transitional housing beds for unaccompanied adults, families with children and pregnant women; 10 supportive housing beds in two units for individuals and/or families with a disability; and two residential facilities providing permanent housing for up to thirty-eight (38) residents living with serious mental illness. All programs are designed to meet the unique and often complex needs of men, women, children, victims of domestic violence, adults living with mental illness and hiv+ individuals. Two hundred and thirty(230) homeless persons entered the fkoc housing program during fiscal year 2017 consisting of 6% children; 18% women and 82% men. 92% of the population served had established income at time of exit. 100% of all adult clients received intensive case management and a vast array of supportive services.
fkoc provided over 5,018 healthy meals to residents of the transitional and emergency housing program. Additionally, fkoc operates the loaves & fish food pantry, a community food pantry providing the needy with emergency groceries, personal care items and disposable diapers. A second distribution site was established at st. Peter's episcopal church. Throughout fiscal year 2017 6,372 meals were distributed directly from loaves & fish food pantry serving 1,086 individuals and families. Fkoc is a provider of outreach and information services including open-door onsite accessibility to mainstream benefits via access florida public assistance. Over 2,021 individuals received outreach services consisting primarily of information and referral to hospitals, substance abuse treatment centers, emergency shelters, etc.
fkoc established a new outreach office in the upper keys with a focus on providing homelessness prevention. Fkoc also increased homelessness prevention efforts throughout monroe county. In fiscal 2017 a total of 355 individuals were assisted with one or more of the following services: rental & mortgage assistance; utility assistance; transportation asistance; bus passes; clothing; food; medical and dental co-pays: prescription assistance; employment; financial, housing counseling and day care assistance.
Several members of my congregation and I just toured the FKOC facilities this past Sunday. We are all most impressed by the professionalism we saw, as well as the results which were reported of people no longer homeless. I will participate in the success of this organization, and I know several others from Unity of the Keys will also. Rev. Phillip Smedstad
Thanks to the excellent work of The Florida Keys Outreach Coalition many former homeless individuals have been reintegrated into the community work force or were able to make their way out of the Keys into places less expensive and with more affordable housing and a wider range of job opportunities. Through Rev. Braddock's vision "Keys for Housing the Homeless" (a 10-Year plan to end chronic homelessness in Monroe County) this model human service organization has offered support, solutions and hope for many to cycle out of homelessness.
Another initiative by FKOC that has touched me deeply, is the yearly "Homeless Person's Memorial Day Celebration" a gathering of the community with reflective music and the reading of the names of the homeless individuals that died alone and uncared for on the streets of what we call "Paradise".
In the spirit of 'One Human Family' (Monroe County official motto) I thank FKOC and Father Braddock of your ceaseless effort to help and care for the weakest and the most in need.
Erika Biddle, Key West
FkOC believed in me at a time when I could not believe in myself. Tired, hungry, drunk all the time, on and off the streets, living on couches or worse...they opened their doors and taught me how to live again. I could never be more garteful for any one single organization/person than I am for FKOC and the opportunities they provided me. I am alive (and loving it) again!