17,200+ People Served Since 2014
832,000+ Meals Served
1,850+ Housed
DECREASE OF48%↓ of People on the Street

We're on a mission to END homelessness in Gainesville

GRACE is a one-stop homeless resource center serving Gainesville and Alachua County. We provide helpful and effective services for anyone experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Our services include safe emergency shelter, permanent housing, showers, hot meals, storage, case management, job training, and providing space to our partners to provide health care and other services. By taking care of basic necessities day to day, GRACE empowers individuals to reclaim control over their lives and recover from unfortunate circumstances.

 

In 2005, the City of Gainesville created a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, and GRACE is the cornerstone of that plan. Our Rapid Rehousing programs push that agenda forward with unwavering compassion and commitment. In just a few years, we've reduced chronic homelessness in Gainesville by 48%. There's no question that GRACE works, and we're just getting started.


We treat our guests with dignity and respect while taking immediate action to serve their needs and support their life goals.

  • From the blog

    Beyond the GRACE Campus is the Street Outreach Team

    Photo by Brad McClenny, Gainesville Sun

    Photo by Brad McClenny, Gainesville Sun

    GRACE is a one-stop resource center for people experiencing homelessness, but it goes beyond that. That is where the Street Outreach Team comes in. No matter their circumstances or where they are in the community, the team goes above and beyond to meet folks where they are. For those who are unable to access basic needs, the Street Outreach Program decreases these barriers that traditional service providers may have. This program always focuses on housing, and the team works diligently to provide services with the intent of permanent housing. 

    Not only does the Street Outreach Team build connections with the folks working to get housed, but they also strengthen relations with the community, like the Gainesville Police Department, St. Francis House, and Alachua County as a whole. When the team receives referrals from the community, they respond as soon as possible, meet folks where they are, and help meet their needs. 

    “GRACE is good at what it does, and the Street Outreach Program helps bring a housing service to those who can’t utilize GRACE services - that’s the key.” -Mark Watson, Street Outreach Program Manager.

    With an expanding team, GRACE is more confident than ever that we can END homelessness in Gainesville. 


    The GRACE Women's Clinic

    The inability to access health care is a critical issue for people without housing, with 3 in 4 people reporting at least one unmet health need, including medical, surgical, mental health, vision, dental, or access to appropriate medication. Homeless women in particular face additional challenges, ranging from increased risk of sexual assault to a lack of access to reproductive care and menstrual products. 

    This month, women receiving services at GRACE will finally have access to the healthcare services they need and deserve. The GRACE Women’s Clinic will provide obstetrics (OB) and gynecology (GYN) services, all thanks to Grace Healthcare Services and the Alachua Area Medical Reserve Corp. Available services include prenatal care, STI testing and treatment, and wellness woman exams. Wellness woman exams may consist of pap smears, contraceptive management and counseling, general GYN concerns, and general health maintenance.

    The GRACE Women’s Clinic will strive to help these women feel safe, comfortable, and supported. It is time for women experiencing homelessness to have access to adequate medical services. Everyone deserves a home, and everyone deserves access to the care they need to be safe and healthy. Women experiencing homelessness are no different, and we’re incredibly grateful to our community, our medical partners, and our supporters for helping bring this vision to reality. 


    2020 Year In Review | Here's to ending homelessness in 2021

    2020 was a year of struggle, challenge, and - above all - innovation at GRACE. Our campus has been on a voluntary quarantine since March. We canceled fundraising events and suspended all volunteer programs, including meal groups. Financially, this represented a loss of more than $50,000 in community support each month. At the same time, we launched new campaigns, built on existing partnerships, and through it all, delivered and expanded key services to thousands of people in crisis. 


    Jon DeCarmine: Downtown homelessness requires the right services

    Our Executive Director, Jon DeCarmine, responded to an article released by The Gainesville Sun last week.

    "An article published last Sunday on downtown homelessness failed to include critical information on the complexity, and solutions, to the issue. 

    The closure of Dignity Village did not increase downtown homelessness. Of the 222 people who lived there, 100 are now in permanent housing and 64 left town. Another 58 are waiting to be housed, and 41 of them sleep on the GRACE campus. Overall, only 17 people moved elsewhere, most to small camps scattered around town. 

    So why are we seeing more people without housing downtown? There are a couple of options, the first of which is the most obvious. Very likely, there are more homeless people downtown. There’s a pandemic, and a much more insidious economic pandemic coming, and folks who were on the margins are being forced out of whatever tenuous housing arrangements they held onto up until this point.


WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Lauren Poe
Mayor, Gainesville, FL
"They're doing remarkable work and changing the lives of hundreds and hundreds of people."
Dr. Bernie Machen
President Emeritus, UF
"GRACE's early success represents a truly remarkable launch of a much-needed community resource."

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