One Family

Homeless families are coordinating with EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless and Family Promise of Santa Rosa to receive wrap around services to sustain self sufficiency. Habitat for Humanity has graciously set aside units to house these families, in which ECOH will be the lease holder. We will first conduct an intensive pre-screening of the families. Once the family is placed into a home, Family Promise will immediately start providing individualized case management and support to these families. They will attend weekly follow ups, monthly evaluations, and devise a plan of discharge upon completion of the program.
Over a course of 6 months, the family you “adopt” will apply for permanent housing through Habitat for Humanity, Section-8 Housing program or their own home ownership, receive assistance with employment, education, and childcare opportunities, and enroll in Getting Ahead courses. These include classes on budgeting, social capital, and parenting/life skills. Clients can also take advantage of multiple community resources.

One Home

houseEscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless has partnered with Habitat for Humanity and Family Promise to provide affordable temporary housing in Santa Rosa County. These homes will provide a safe place for families to reside at no cost.





To move homeless families out of homelessness one household at a time.

How You Can Help!

To make this program possible, we need your help! We are seeking out various churches and organizations willing to “adopt” a family for one year. Each home can be maintained by one organization alone, or by various agencies committed to working together to support each family. In order to run these homes, each unit will need to run off of a minimum of $700 per month, which will go towards the rent and utilities. (For example, one organization may be willing to commit to $700 a month, or 4 different agencies can support $175 each to total the monthly cost.) Any amount left over each month may go into an escrow, or savings, for the family to obtain after completing the program. 1 Family-1 Home cannot happen without the financial assistance of our community……


A Story of Success


The Herrman family gets ready for dinner while doing homework at their home in Milton, Fl., Thursday, January 16, 2015. From left, Waylon,7, Tiffanny, Hunter,8, Kevin and Bryleigh,4,. (Michael Spooneybarger/ Pensacola Today)
The Herrmans were living from paycheck to paycheck when Kevin Herrman broke his foot on a construction job last spring. The injury left the 32-year-old husband and father unable to work and pay the bills, for a couple of months. As a result, the Herrmans and their three children, two boys ages 7 and 8 and a 4-year-old daughter, were evicted from their Milton home.

“We just didn’t have income,” said 28-year-old Tiffany Herrman. “We were trying to play catch up and just had too many bills, then we got an eviction notice.”

That’s when they got help through a program launched by the EscaRosa Coalition on the Home-less called, “One Family, One Home.” They’re now staying in a former Habitat for Humanity home in Milton, rent free, with four bedrooms.
“It’s a big blessing,” said Herrman. “Thankfully we got a house. It has helped us tremendously.” Kevin Herrman, also a volunteer firefighter, is working again and the family is saving money.
The Hermann family along with all the families
The One Family One Home program has a one hundred percent success rate for families who have entered this program to move into permanent non-supported housing.

Events Calendar

Make a monetary contribution

With generous support from the community, ECOH 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.


  • $3500: Supports the “One Family-One Home” program to help a family regain self-sufficiency within six months. Learn more about “One Family – One Home” here
  • Supports our Rapid Response/Homeless Prevention services for an individual or family who is either homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless.“My case managers handled everything quickly and professional. With their help I was able to move out of the shelter two days in advance and now living in my own apartment” –
  • Providing motel vouchers for individuals and families who are homeless and in need of a place to stay for up to four nights.
  • Transportation: Purchase 30 bus passes. Lack of transportation Limited or no access to transportation makes healthcare inaccessible for many homeless people and is a primary obstacle to employment.
  • ID Package: Purchases 1 Florida State ID, 1 Florida Birth Certificate, 1 Homeless ID Card.
  • Will support the cost of a Homeless Identification card.

Those who hold a current Homeless ID Card may receive health care at no cost at either
the Escambia Community Clinic Waterfront Rescue Mission or at a ECC Mobile Medical unit.

Donate 100% – Add 3% so that 100% of the donation goes to EscaRosa Coalition On the Homeless, Inc.

Donate 97% – I understand PayPal will deduct 3% to cover transaction costs.

Or you can download our Donation Form and mail your gift to:

EscaRosa Coalition On the Homeless, PO

Box 17222, Pensacola, FL 32522

In-Kind Donations

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless are always in need of various care package items to aid our outreach to the homeless.  The Coalition accepts donations of hygiene products, bottled water, toilet paper, wet wipes, bug spray, sun screen, chapstick, flashlights, tooth brushes, combs, socks, band aids, note books, pens, coloring books, crayons, small toys, duct tape, plastic baggies, foil, tissues, small gift cards or snacks such as peanuts, raisins, tuna, Vienna sausage, fruit cups, pop tarts, lunchables, peanut butter, crackers, protein bars, mints, gum.  Along with blankets,  coats, and gloves during the winter.

Many businesses and churches conduct diaper and underwear drives to support our annual Undie-Sundie Drive during the National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Occasionally we receive furnishings and equipment in good condition, either for the office or for helping a family moving from a shelter into a permanent home.

If you would like to donate items to the Coalition, please contact us at 850-439-3009 or

Corporate Support

Sponsoring one of the Coalition’s special events is a win-win for your company. Your name will receive exposure to an audience of our bi-county coalition. Leaders, philanthropists, high net worth individuals and other notables, while demonstrating your company’s dedication to helping homeless New Yorkers.

Sponsorships and Other Support

Sponsoring one of the Coalition special events is a win-win for your company Corporations that support the Coalition for the Homeless know that doing good is good business. A majority of consumers want the products and services they use to support a worthy cause. We offer a number of exciting events through the year with opportunities for businesses to show their support and promote themselves through sponsorships and program ads. These events provide a chance to widen your audience while improving our ability to provide tailored housing solutions to our clients. Sponsors receive recognition in advance of each event through press materials and our website, as well as in our Annual Report.

A Nite at the Races-May 6, 2017

 About 200 community activist attend.

 Become a sponsor

 Become a Millionaire Row Player

U-Count Homeless Services Day – January 26, 2017

 Over 40 Service Providers participated in 2016

 Serving over 300 homeless individuals

 Become a sponsor

In-Kind Donations

Many businesses conduct diaper and underware drives to support our annual Undie-Sundie Drive. Occasionally we can receive furnishings and equipment in good condition, either for the office or for helping a family moving from a shelter into a permanent home. The Coalition accepts donations of blankets, coats, and gloves during the winter months to hand out to homeless people on the streets and through our Street Outreach Program. Host a Fundraiser for ECOH

Businesses and Other Groups

If your company, club or religious group is putting on an event and would like to donate the proceeds to a worthy cause, please consider the EscaRosa Coalition On the Homeless. From festivals to car shows to cultural events to sports tournaments to special shopping days to benefit the work our agency does. We welcome all companies and community groups into our circle of supporters and are eager to collaborate with you on events that generate interest in your business or organization as well as support our charitable work.


Individuals can host fundraisers, too. Neighbors have held block yard sales, or hosted parties to generate interest and support for the work of the EscaRosa Coalition On the Homeless. We would be happy to have a staff person attend your house party or event to describe the great ways we’re helping to end homelessness in our community and the vital role everyone can play in this work.

Please let us know if you are planning an event.

We can provide literature, help promote the event among our supporters, and generate publicity for your efforts.

Please contact Serene Keiek for more information at 850-232- 9548 or by e-mail at:

A Better Way to Give

The Pensacola Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Pensacola (LeaP) Class of 2016 announces A Better Way to Give, a class project where uniquely painted parking meters will be placed at intersections throughout town. Our mission, to dramatically improve the lives of the homeless in Pensacola. The better we can educate the public about the faces of homelessness and coordination of resources, the more successful our community will be at offering individuals, children, and families the help they need for real change. The EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless has been selected as the Better Way to Give fiscal agent and management organization after project handoff in May. The ECOH is a collection of agencies and individuals working together to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. They operate a comprehensive array of shelters and supportive services to address the varying needs of persons who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Our Goals:

  • Raise awareness about the true nature of homelessness
  • Establish a better way to fund programs that truly help the homeless
  • Guide public giving toward this resource and away from panhandlers

We need your help to make it happen!

EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for- profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service/Department of the Treasury, tax identification number 59-2909065. . Therefore, all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law. All donors receive an acknowledgment that includes a confirmation of their donation for their tax records.

2017 Membership Renewal

It’s time for the our 2017 Membership Renewal and to make the process easier we have added a Paypal option for our members to pay their dues online.  To renew a membership please fill out the form below and follow the directions presented.

If you would like to fill out a membership form and send it in you can download the here or complete the form below.


New Members

Want to join an impassioned group of agencies and individuals working together to prevent and eliminate homelessness in your community? We are always looking for more agencies that want to join us on our mission. For more information on how to join the coalition please email us at or fill out the form.



Membership Meetings

Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month. The location alternates between Escambia County and Santa Rosa County.

In Escambia County, meetings are held at Waterfront Rescue Mission, 348 Herman St. Pensacola, FL.

In Santa Rosa County, meetings are held at the Santa Rosa County School District board room,  5086 Canal Street Milton, FL.

Meetings are held from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

We would love for you to join us at our next meeting! If you would like to attend, please contact us at 850.439.3009 Ext 108

To find out which location this month’s meeting is please check the calendar above.  To add our events calendar to your Google Calendar click the Google Calendar button above.

Please contact us for information or questions about the Coalition. If you are in need of assistance and community resources please dial 2-1-1 for Escambia County and First Call for Help Santa Rosa County 850.983-7200.

PHONE: 850.439.3009

FAX: 850.436.4656

P.O. Box 17222 Pensacola, FL 32522

Walk-In-Hours: 3702 N Pace Blvd, Pensacola, FL 32505

Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you arrive after 12:00 p.m. on a walk-in-day, please call (850) 439-3009, ext 105 to schedule an appointment.

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) is a collection of agencies and individuals who are working together to prevent and eliminate homelessness in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Currently, ECOH operates as the umbrella organization that regulates distribution of federal and state funding to providers that are working to alleviate homelessness in both counties. ECOH also hosts a monthly forum for service providers to share concerns and discuss new services.

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless oversees the Continuum of Care in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. The continuum of care model creates a framework for a comprehensive array of shelter and supported services to address varying needs and services of the person who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

ECOH is the lead agency for the Homeless Management information system (HMIS). This system provides communities with the tool to collect and analyze data on people using homeless service programs. This allows prevention of duplicated services.

The Coalition works to eliminate homelessness by supporting individuals who are homeless or at risk, local service providers and other interested individuals and groups through advocacy, education, organizing and networking. Our agency could not operate if it were not for the support of the community and local agencies.


The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless (ECOH) was organized in 1987 by several community leaders to coordinate efforts and access the needs of the homeless in the greater Pensacola community. It later expanded its scope to include both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. ECOH serves as the “hub” of service delivery for the poor and homeless in these two counties.

The mission of ECOH is to prevent and eliminate homelessness.

We are COMMITTED in UNITY with our members to: RESPECT all our constituencies, to treat them with INTEGRITY, to seek INNOVATIVE solutions to the problems we deal with, and to continually execute our VISION with EXCELLENCE in order to eliminate homelessness.


John Johnson
Executive Director

Serene Keiek
Marketing Director

Dianna Moore
Housing Director

Gina Wiley
Office Manager

Adrianna Watson
HMIS Administrator



Agustin Rodriquez
Case Manager



Mya Anderson
CCAS Support Specialist




Board of Directors


  • Dr. David Josephs, President Lakeview Center, Clinical Director
  • Marsha Travis, Vice-President Internal Affairs Favor House, Residential programs director
  • Dr. Jim Waters, Vice-President External Affairs Friendship Baptist Church, Pastor
  • Andrea Roberts, Secretary Legal Services of North Florida, Staff Attorney
  • Heather Jordan, Treasurer Durst & Jordan CPAs, Certified Public Accountant
  • Dr. Karen Barber, Past President, Santa Rosa Schools Director of Federal Programs


  • Abe Singh, Board Member, Area Housing Commission, Executive Director
  • Dr. Debbie Douma, Board Member, Pensacola State College Dean, Institutional Effectiveness & Grants
  • Dr. John Lanza, Board Member, Florida Department of Health Director
  • Marcie Whitaker, Board Member, City of Pensacola Housing Administrator
  • Devin Simmons, Board Member - Waterfront Rescue Mission, President
  • Tommi Lyter, Board Member - Pensacola Police Department, Assistant Chief [/col3]


  • Sybil Sahuque, Board Member, NWFL Legal Services - Pro Bono Coordinator
  • Phyllis Gonzalez - Board Member, Department of Children and Families, Circuit 1 Community Development Administrator
  • Sandra Donaldson, Board Member, Escambia County Community Clinic, Inc., Director of Special Programs for Escambia Community Clinic
  • Emmett Walker, Board Member, Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System Joint Ambulatory Care Center Homeless, Program Assistant Manager
  • Brett Rowell, Board Member, CareerSource ESCAROSA Program Coordinator

           Dedicated Members

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