Housing

Only 21% of low-income renter households in Florida receive the rent assistance they need to stay housed.*

Housing Services

Short-term Assistance, Long-term Solutions

Opening Doors Northwest Florida manages housing programs and services developed to help individuals at risk or in a housing crisis receive assistance, allowing them to successfully overcome homelessness. At the heart of each housing service is a proven process that efficiently connects clients with housing and service providers that equip participants with the tools needed to move out of and prevent homelessness. Learn more about our housing solutions and how you can help eliminate homelessness in Northwest Florida.

Rapid Re-Housing

Rapid re-housing is an effective solution that pairs at risk families and individuals with short-term rental assistance and services. Rapid re-housing is offered without any preconditions and is designed to help individuals quickly move out of homelessness and back to housing in the community without facing housing crisis again after transitioning out of the program. Because resources and services are tailored to one's unique needs, preferences and financial resources it has proven to be an effective solution for ending homelessness.

When those at risk have a home, they are better able to address other life challenges that may have led to their housing crisis; helping participants obtain employment, address substance abuse issues or rebuild after escaping domestic violence. 

In addition to being less expensive than other homeless interventions, studies show that those who participate in rapid re-housing assistance are homeless for shorter periods of time than those who were in a shelter or transitional housing program.

ONE FAMILY, ONE YEAR, ONE HOME

This collaborative initiative was developed to move families out of homelessness, one household at a time. Opening Doors of Northwest Florida (formerly EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless) partnered with Family Promise of Santa Rosa to deliver wrap around services that equip families for sustainable self sufficiency. Habitat for Humanity furnishes safe, temporary housing for each "adopted" families while they're in the program. Once housed, Family Promise provides individualized case management and support for the families. Through weekly meetings and monthly evaluations, and guidance, participants develop their plan to maintain sufficiency upon completion of the program.

During the six months of the program, “adopted” families will apply for permanent housing through Habitat for Humanity, Section 8 Housing or through their own home ownership. In addition, they’ll receive assistance with employment, education, will have opportunities to receive child care. Through enrollment in Getting Ahead courses, adults will participate in classes on budgeting, social capital, and parenting/life skills.

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OPENING DOORS ESCAMBIA
3702 N. Pace Blvd. in Pensacola
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UNITED WAY ESCAMBIA
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OPENING DOORS SANTA ROSA
5139 Elmira St. in Milton
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