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HUD developed the concept of the CoC in 1995 through its annual competition for homelessness assistance grants. The CoC was envisioned as a local network that plans and coordinates funding for services and housing to assist homeless individuals and families.

CoCs are designed to: 
• Promote a community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness
• Provide funding for efforts for rapidly re-housing homeless individuals and families
• Promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families
• Optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness



Lead Agency


The Office on Homelessness recognizes and designates local entities to serve as lead agencies for local planning efforts to coordinate homeless assistance continuum of care systems.  The purpose of the local continuum of care is to help communities envision, plan and implement coordinated, long-term solutions to address homelessness.

Flagler Hospital became the Lead Agency for the St. Johns County Continuum of Care in December of 2017.




The objective of the CoC is to improve the overall quality of life for homeless individuals and/or families through coordination with community agencies to provide quality services and programs including both facilities (i.e. homeless shelters, transitional housing, ect.) as well as prevention and re-housing iniatives (i.e. rental and financial assistance programs) or outreach activities including the competitively awarded Challenge Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Grants.  These services will provide the homeless population the assistance needed to gain self-sufficiency and make suitable living conditions available.


Challenge Grant

The objective of the Challenge Grant is to provide the housing, program and service needs included in the local homeless assistance continuum of care plan.  Funding shall be allocated to programs consistent with the local continuum of care plans.

Providers: St. Francis House, St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County, Catholic Charities, Betty Griffin Center, Alpha Omega Miracle Home

Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)

The objective of ESG is to provide emergency shelter to homeless persons; engage persons living on the street through street outreach activities; provide homeless prevention to enable those in danger of losing their housing to remain stably housed; and to provide re-housing services to help those who are homeless become stably housed. 

Providers: St. Francis House, St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County, Catholic Charities, Betty Griffin Center, Alpha Omega Miracle Home, Salvation Army

Temporary ASsistance for Needy Families (TANF)

The objective of the TANF Program is to provide emergency financial assistance to families experiencing a financial or other crisis through the payment of past due rent, mortgage or utility bills to enable them to remain stably housed and for the provision of case management services.

Providers: St. Johns County Health and Human Services, Catholic Charities



Board of Directors

Mary Kelly Kryzwick
Executive Director, Catholic Charities of St. Augustine

Melissa Nelson
Executive Director, St. Johns County United Way

Shawna Novak
St. Johns County Director of Health and Human Services

Pat O’Connell
Program Director, St. Johns County Council on Aging

Nancy Shaver
Mayor, City of St. Augustine

Minister Terrance Smith Sr.
Hastings Community Liaison

Ellen Walden
Executive Director, Home Again St. Johns

Carl Falconer, President
Regional Director - SOAR and Housing Initiatives LSF Health Systems

Jerry Cameron, Vice-President
Community Liaison, Flagler Hospital

Jim Bush, Secretary
North Area Manager, FPL

John Eaton
Director of Community Health Improvement, Flagler Hospital

Toby Erwin
Community Liaison, St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

Patti Greenough
CEO, EPIC Behavioral Healthcare

Michael Israel
ASSIST/Homeless Liaison St. Johns County Schools



Cold Night Shelters

Grace United Methodist Church and First United Methodist Church operate cold night shelters at their discretion.  Please monitor our facebook page for information regarding Cold Night Shelters.