Program Collaborations

A Partnership of Homeless Service Providers

The “Lewis Center” was one of the many projects inspired by late Senator Philip D. Lewis who, envisioned a center where teams of community providers offering distinct services could work together to meet the needs of homeless clients in our community. Since 2012, the Lewis Center has been the central point of access for individuals and families seeking to end their homelessness.  The Lewis Center provides temporary housing to individuals. Clients can stay up to 90 days. There are 20 beds reserved for homeless youth, and 40 beds for men and men who are homeless. The partners of the Lewis Center are on site to assess clients and offer interim housing, medical care, life skills, job training and placement. Since the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center opened, the provider agencies have assisted more than 28,000 men women and children in their efforts to end their homelessness.

Creating Housing Opportunities program helps families and individuals move from homelessness to home.  The program pays for the first and last month’s rent and security deposits for families and individuals who are ready to move from Permanent Supportive Housing (SHP); Transitional Housing (TH); or Interim Housing (IH) into independent permanent housing.

The Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers meal program gives local businesses, church groups and private donors the opportunity to sponsor and/or serve meals to the 70 homeless men and women staying at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center.  This program not only nourishes the guests who are seeking to change their lives, but also creates awareness about homeless issues and increases the community’s interaction with the center. Breaking Bread, Breaking Barriers has provided 132,790 meals since 2015!

Become a Sponsor or Volunteer

Call (561) 355-HOME or email unaujak@pbcgov.org

  • Breakfast: $125
  • Lunch: $175
  • Dinner: $350
  • Sponsor a meal
  • Prepare and/or serve a meal
  • Provide in-kind donations
  • Enhance a meal

The Homeless Coalition operates a donation center at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center.  It is the collection point for donations and resources and offers opportunities for those wishing to volunteer.

Any family or individual experiencing homelessness who comes through the front doors seeking services and help at the Lewis Center is eligible to enter the donation center to get whatever they need to start over. Items includes housewares, linens, toys, clothing, warm welcome kits, bikes, small appliances, small furniture and anything else available.  The donation center welcomes your donations of clothing and household items!

Current Needs:

  • Adult men's & women's undergarments (new)
  • Adult men's & women's socks (new)
  • Diapers all sizes
  • School supplies
  • School uniforms
  • Pots & Pans
  • Dishes
  • Silverware
  • Kitchen Utensils
  • Small appliances (Coffee makers, toasters, microwaves, etc.)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Household Cleaning Supplies (Brooms, mops, dust pans, dusters, all-purpose, window, floor and bathroom cleaners, dish soap, laundry soap, fabric softener, dryer sheets, trash bags, paper towels) (all new)
  • Men's clothing (dress & casual, tops & bottoms)
  • Men's Shoes
  • Men's Belts

The Homeless Coalition operates a donation center at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center.  It is the collection point for donations and resources and offers opportunities for those wishing to volunteer.

Any family or individual experiencing homelessness who comes through the front doors seeking services and help at the Lewis Center is eligible to enter the donation center to get whatever they need to start over. Items includes housewares, linens, toys, clothing, warm welcome kits, bikes, small appliances, small furniture and anything else available.  The donation center welcomes your donations of clothing and household items!

Current Needs:

  • New Adult T-shirt
  • New Crew Socks
  • Wash Cloth
  • Towel
  • Facial Tissue
  • Wipes
  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo & Conditioner (full sized)
  • Razor
  • Shaving cream
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Dental Floss
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Comb
  • Bag (string backpack or re-useable shopping bag)

Project Homeless Connect is a national program that encourages community collaboration which brings together community volunteers, government agencies, nonprofits, businesses, service providers, the private sector and faith organizations into a single venue. Our mission is to help individuals and families end their homelessness rapidly by allowing them to shop a host of agencies geared to help them.

The Homeless Coalition coordinates Project Homeless Connect several times a year in various communities across Palm Beach County. Services include: free food, clothing, haircuts, health screening, bikes, and comfort kits. In addition, resources, referrals and assistance are provided for housing, food stamps, employment, obtaining identification cards, and other resources that aid the family or individual.

The only thing that will end homelessness is housing. The Homeless Coalition supports a Housing Specialist who works on the S.M.A.R.T Landlord Campaign that recruit’s landlords who can provide affordable units for extremely low income and homeless individuals and families. Types of housing needed includes efficiency, studio and multiple bedroom units. We invite landlords to join our efforts.

What is a SMART Landlord?

Support

Landlords support the community by offering housing to residents who are facing a housing crisis and have nowhere to live. 

Marketing

Landlords can save on marketing costs. We have a waiting list of people who need housing immediately.

Assistance

Every tenant has a case manager who provides assistance to the client and serves as the landlord's immediate point of contact.

Rent

Landlords receive timely rent payments with help from the organization placing the tenant. 

Tenant

Reduce vacancies by always having a tenant. 

Interested in signing up for the program? Email our home finder, Eva Pustelnikova EPusteln@pbcgov.org