Opening Doors Northwest Florida

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

Preliminary Point in Time Count 2023 Data

Data is coming in live and has not been deduplicated or cleaned for accuracy. Final results will differ.


Recruiting volunteers for the annual Point and Time Count and the You-Count Homeless Connect Event.

The Point-in-Time (PIT) count is a collaborative effort led by Opening Doors Northwest Florida to conduct a two-county census of people experiencing homelessness. An accurate PIT count helps bring in resources to both Escambia and Santa Rosa County to address homelessness and housing.

Volunteers are needed during the days of January 24th, 25th and 26th, 2023 to help with the Point in Time Count and the You-Count Homeless Connect event.

Point in Time count survey teams will be going out to various locations across the two counties. The registration form allows you to select a preferred location.

Registered volunteers are required to attend a training. Training dates are available on the registration form.

Thank you for interest, this is a crucial time in our community to make a difference!

Pubic PIT Volunteer Training

Is Training Available? Yes!

All public in-person trainings have been completed, but here's a video training:

Special Request for Winter Care Packs

Opening Doors Northwest Florida would like to provide 500 winter care packages to the homeless this year. We have compiled an itemized list of what we will need to build these packages.

If you can, please purchase and donate any of the following items. They can be shipped or brought to:

1020 North New Warrington Rd
Pensacola, FL 32506

You may also donate the money to purchase these items.

Item Pack Contains Minimum Packs Needed Pack Cost Total Cost
Van Camp's Beanee Weenee Original Flavor Microwavable Cups, 7.25 oz. 12 count 42 $23.89 $1003.38
Lotus Biscoff Cookies – Caramelized Biscuit Cookies – 300 Cookies Individually Wrapped – Vegan,0.2 oz 300 count 2 $24.64 $49.28
Nutella Hazelnut Spread with Cocoa for Breakfast, Great for Holiday Baking, 0.52 oz Mini Cups 120 count 5 $27.07 $135.35
Apple & Eve 100% Juice Variety Pack 2 Boxes 72 Packs 72 count 7 $45.65 $319.55
Hot Hand Warmers Heat Pack - 80 Count - 11 Hours Long Lasting Natural Safe and Odorless Single Use Air Activated Heat Packs for Hands, Toes and Body - TSA Approved 80 count 7 $28.99 $202.93
30-Pack Small Mini Flashlight Set, 5 Colors, COB LED Handheld Flashlight with Lanyard,90-Pack AAA Battery Included for Kids / Night Reading / Party / Camping / Emergency / Hunting 30 count 17 $35.49 $603.33
30 Pcs Ultra Soft Fleece Throw Blankets Bulk 50 x 60 Inch Cozy Polyester Throw Blankets Solid Color for Couch, Sofa, Bed, Chair, Home, Office, Travel, Wedding Favor Gifts, 6 Colors 30 count 17 $119.99 $2039.83
48 Pcs Back Packs in Bulk Classic Bookbags 17 Inch Colorful Basic Back Packs School Supply Kits for Boys Girls (8 Assorted Colors) 48 count 11 $134.99 $1484.89
96 Pack Beanies Unisex Bulk for Men Women, Winter Beanie Hats Packs Knit Hat Warm Beanies Winter Skull Cap 96 count 6 $103.99 $623.94
80 Pairs Magic Winter Gloves 6 Colors Touchscreen Gloves Stretchy Warm Knit Gloves, Unisex Men Women 80 pairs 7 $76.99 $538.93
Handepo 100 Pieces Winter Neck Warmer Bulk Fleece Neck Gaiter Windproof Ski Mask for Women Adjustable Neck Cover for Snowboard Skiing Charity Community Donation 100 count 5 $72.99 $364.95


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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