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Homeless Education Program

Dr. Karen Barber
Program Manager

The mission of this program is to
ensure homeless students the greatest level
of academic success possible,
in accordance with the McKinney Vento Act.

  Program Goals

  The McKinney Vento

  EscaRosa Homeless Coalition

  Santa Rosa County Resources

  Shelters, Living Assistance

School Supplies  Contact:  Shanna Schneider  Family Intervention Specialist  Phone: 850-983-5591  Email:

Stewart B. McKinney
Homeless Education Assistance Act

Title X - Protects the rights of homeless children and youth to receive a free and appropriate public education

Fundamental Rights of Education for Homeless Students

Santa Rosa Homeless Coalition 


They are the families and individuals who consider their nighttime residence to be:

Learn More About Homeless Children and Youth:  Online Training and Training Resources


EscaRosa OBJECTIVES of the Santa Rosa Homeless Coalition, Inc.

To promote community efforts to reduce homelessness in Santa Rosa County.

To establish an alliance of organizations, agencies, businesses and individuals interested in assuring the availability of shelter, health care and related social services and facilities for the homeless.

Survival Guide

To coordinate the provision of shelter services, health care and related social services including life skills training and education whenever feasible, and facilities for the homeless.

To collect and disseminate information and statistics with respect to shelter, health care and related social services and facilities for the homeless.

To advocate for and serve as a vehicle for the collection and disbursement of funds received to accomplish the identified objectives.

To conduct regularly scheduled meetings of the corporation.

To offer all services without regard to race, religion, gender, cultural or national origin.



Monthly Meetings
Information Sharing
Annual Membership Meeting
Coordinated Advocacy
Network of Advocates & Providers
Assessment and Referral
Training in Homeless Issues


Civic Organizations
Non-profit Organizations PLEASE JOIN US...

Memberships are the lifeblood of the EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless. Together we can help end homelessness.

Organization (if any)



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Areas of interest (mark all that apply):

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____Education ____Grant writing
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Santa Rosa County Homeless Resources

Shelters, Living Assistance

Homeless Providers Listing Cold Weather Shelter: 
Ferris Hill Baptist Church - 623-3500
6848 Chaffin St. Milton  32570

Community Christ Church
2111 Presidio Street, Navarre. 

Family Promise: 
6796 Alice St.
Milton  32570
M-F 8:00 - 5:00 (Homeless families only)

Milton Housing Authority:
5668 Byrom Street, Milton, FL 32570-5807
(850) 623-0482 () ‎ (850) 626-9305 (fax)
Hours of Operation:  7:00-5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday

United Way First Call For Help:
Milton - 983-7200 
Gulf Breeze/Navarre - 1-888-750-9600
Escambia - 850-595-5905
*Overnight Shelter: (identification will be required at shelters)

Waterfront Rescue Mission:  (Pensacola) 438-4027
Agency has shelters for men and women with children. Call for information.

Salvation Army:  (Pensacola) 432-1501
Shelters are available for men and women. Call Pensacola office for information.

Emerald Coast Ministries:  (Pensacola) 941-0700
Shelter for men only.

Favor House of North West Florida:  (Pensacola office) 434-1177
Shelter for victims of domestic violence located in Pensacola.
(Milton office) 626-5600 Call for information and counseling appointments.

Loaves and Fishes Homeless Shelter:  (Pensacola) 438-7616
Shelter for families with children. Marriage license required for couples.
Shelter is often full by noon. Call for additional information.

Family Resource Program of Santa Rosa:  626-2054
Information and referral services for families with children. Agency staff may assist with local overnight accommodations in motel if other shelter arrangements cannot be made. Office hours on Monday and Thursday only, at other times, leave message and call will be returned. (Agency organized to prevent child abuse and neglect.)

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Related Links

Family Promise, an Interfaith Hospitality Network for Homeless Families

Escambia Coalition of the Homeless 

First Call for Help for Northwest Florida

Florida Impact 

National Coalition for the Homeless: 

Department of Housing and Urban Development 

National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth

Revised: August 14, 2015

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