Alachua County Earns NACo Achievement Award for Innovative Program

NACo awardAlachua County was recognized  with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for its "Homeless Prevention and Move-In Services" in the category of Human Services.

Alachua County Community Support Services Department Director Claudia Tuck said, “October 1, 2015, Alachua County Division of Social Services implemented Homeless Prevention and Move-In Services, which specifically prioritizes need and closes the gap for those residents who require minimal intervention in order to obtain and sustain permanent and affordable housing.  The modification of processes has resulted in improved accessibility, prioritization of the target population, and enhanced collaboration amongst providers.  As a result, many households at-risk and experiencing homelessness, have been able to transition back into permanent housing.”

Alachua County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all of its citizens. By providing services to our most vulnerable residents experiencing homelessness and housing instability, the County’s goal is to ensure that all residents have access to safe, affordable, permanent housing.  This provides a higher support level to those at-risk. Traditionally, homeless services have been delivered on a first-come, first-served basis.  This can be very challenging when attempting to prioritize to those most in need.  In general, these services were reactionary versus proactive, had financial limits, and tended to be hard to navigate.  Citizens had to request assistance from multiple providers to meet a singular need. 

NACo will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition on July 13 through 16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee.

For more information about the Homeless Prevention and Move-In Services Award, contact Alachua County Social Services Director Sarai Cabrera at 352-264-6750.

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