About

Our mission is to create a path to permanent housing for every member of our community through a continuum of housing services, from outreach and emergency shelter to permanent housing models.

To accomplish this goal, we work with partners and donors to create functional solutions that identify and address barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing.

We oversee the homeless response system by providing community-wide planning and coordination among homeless service providers and mainstream service providers. This includes strategic planning, community networking, grants and funding, data collection and oversight.

Together, we develop solutions and foster collaboration to end homelessness in our community.

 homeless woman sitting at the table while wanting to drink water

Staff

Mikal Cartier

President & CEO

Lead Agency

Jacob Torner

Vice President of Programs

Lead Agency

Michael Blessing

Continuum of Care Director 

michael.blessing@keystohome.org

Keanna Johnson

Coordinated Entry Manager

keanna.johnson@keystohome.org

Valeria Segui-Gonzalez

Rena McCann

Board of Directors

  • EClaudia Tuck (Chair), Alachua County Board of County Commissioners
  • EBea Awoniyi (Vice Chair), Santa Fe College
  • EChief Joseph Dixon (Treasurer), City of Gainesville
  • EBrendan Shortley (Past Chair), Helping Hands Clinic
  • EAmanda Nazaro, Alachua County Housing Authority
  • EJon DeCarmine, Grace Marketplace
  • EJonathan Sanabria, Veterans Administration
  • ELeota Wilkinson, Putnam County Board of County Commissioners
  • ELori Slaven, Lee Conlee House
  • EMark Brisbane, Center for Independent Living
  • EMichelle Sherfield, Alachua County Sheriff's Office
  • ENancy Eisele, Lutheran Services Foundation
  • EPeter Dannenhoffer, Lived Expertise
  • EScott Hesch, Lived Expertise

Lead Agency

Funded Agencies

Another Way

Another Way’s mission is to offer counseling, support, and safe shelter to survivors of domestic and sexual violence; while providing a positive alternative to violence through community education. Another Way provides domestic violence services in Columbia, Dixie, Levy, Gilchrist, Hamilton and Lafayette Counties. Sexual assault services are provided in these counties and additionally in Suwannee County.

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Catholic Charities Gainesville

Catholic Charities puts faith into action to serve the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life, while reflecting the compassion of God in Christ. Catholic Charities offers a variety of programs to provide assistance to anyone in need in our community including emergency rental assistance, rural mobile food distribution, weekend hunger backpack program, and bridges to prosperity.

Palatka

Catholic Charities Palatka

Catholic Charities puts faith into action to serve the most vulnerable in our community, advocating for justice, human dignity and quality of life, while reflecting the compassion of God in Christ. Catholic Charities is committed to providing the basic needs necessary to prevent homelessness including rent and mortgage assistance, utility payments, rent and utility deposits and rental application fees.

Family Promise

Through the collaboration of local faith and civic groups, Family Promise of Gainesville provides families experiencing homelessness with compassionate care that includes case management, education, housing, meals and transportation until they can transition to a home of their own.

GRACE Marketplace

GRACE is a one-stop homeless resource center serving Gainesville and Alachua County. We provide helpful and effective services for anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Our services include safe emergency shelter, permanent housing, showers, hot meals, storage, case management, job training, and providing space to our partners to provide health care and other services. By taking care of basic necessities day to day, GRACE empowers individuals to reclaim control over their lives and recover from unfortunate circumstances.

Lee Conlee House

The Lee Conlee House (LCH) Domestic Violence Shelter is committed to recognizing and responding to our community’s need for comprehensive, multicultural domestic violence services. We understand that domestic violence in its fullest scope impacts primary victims, family members, society and future generations. With this in mind, it is our goal to stop the campaign of violence by providing crisis intervention, emergency shelter, advocacy, treatment, prevention, and education through the establishment of community partnerships.

Peaceful Paths

Peaceful Paths is the certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, 24-hour helpline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, economic empowerment education and support, crisis counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, and violence prevention programs.