Opening Doors Northwest Florida

Serving the Homeless
of Florida's Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties

2023 FL-511 Request for Proposals (DCF) Announcement

The DCF Office on Homelessness has made funds available under the State Unified Homelessness Grant Program (Florida). Applicants are given the opportunity to apply for Challenge Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). We seek applications from qualified non-profit organizations to provide services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness or who are at risk of homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.

The total award amount available through this RFP is $ 395,820.00 per fiscal year.

Click Here for Instructions on How to Apply

Application Closed Until July 1st

Maximum Capacity Reached

Opening Doors Northwest Florida has exceeded the number of applications for rent, utility, and deposit assistance that will close out this grant cycle. New applications for rent, utility, and deposit assistance are closed effective April 13, 2023. Applicants that applied prior to April 13, 2023, will be reviewed for potential eligibility determination. There is no guarantee of assistance.

Financial assistance for rent, utility, and deposit assistance will resume on or after July 2023. Please visit our website periodically for updates.


Opening Doors Northwest Florida has served in our community for over 30 years.

Homelessness can affect anyone: people with jobs, people with kids, people with a college education, people who have served our country, the person behind you in the grocery store checkout, the person sitting next to you at church.

It is our goal to raise awareness in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties about the true nature of homelessness, establish a better way to fund programs that truly help the homeless and guide public giving toward coordinated resources.

With generous support from the community, Opening Doors Northwest Florida is ensuring families and individuals meet their most basic needs. By partnering with people like you, we are helping to break the cycle of homelessness.

Homeless Reduction Task Force

Will make Positive Impact on Community

A community partnership in Northwest Florida is being formed to better streamline services to homeless individuals and families with the ultimate goal of offering essential resources in helping them achieve a life God intended for all citizens in our two-county area. The Homeless Reduction Task Force of NWF will increase public safety and strengthen the Northwest Florida community by reducing the number of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. This Task Force will be co-chaired by John Johnson Executive Director of Opening Doors NWFL, the Lead Agency for Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties Local Continuum of Care and Connie Bookman the Founder & CEO of Pathways For Change.

Homeless Reduction Task Force PSA 03/04/2021
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Public Notice of Data Collection

FL511: Continuum of Care

Program Management Information System of the Southeast (PromisSE) dba:
Homeless Management Information System (HMIS)

Opening Doors Northwest Florida, Inc. is an HMIS Participating Agency in FL-511. We collect personal information directly from you for reasons that are discussed in our privacy statement. We may be required to collect some personal information by law or by organizations that give us money to operate this program. Other personal information that we collect is important to run our programs, to improve services for homeless and at-risk persons, and to better understand the needs of homeless and at-risk persons. We only collect information that we consider to be appropriate.

The collection and use of all personal information is guided by strict standards of confidentiality. A copy of our Privacy Notice describing our privacy practice is available to all clients upon request.