About Us

The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness was formed by community leaders from Sarasota and Manatee Counties in 2005, with the ambitious vision of ending homelessness in the region. 

The Suncoast Partnership is the lead agency for the Continuum of Care (CoC), and as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization is governed by a Board of  Directors.  The Suncoast Partnership is the collaborative applicant for federal grants for the CoC and the lead agency and recipient of the State of Florida Unified Grant.


The Suncoast Partnership provides administrative and strategic support for the two-county Continuum of Care (CoC).  By advocating for on going improvements in our crisis response system for individuals and families who are homeless and those at risk of homelessness, the Suncoast Partnership believes that the community as a whole will have a better quality of life


Regional coordination is aided by the use of the Community Services Information System  (CSIS), managed by the Suncoast Partnership, a tool that community case managers can use to assist those who are homeless as they map out personalized plans to become permanently housed.  HMIS also helps effectively evaluate performance and reduce duplication in services. The Suncoast Partnership is funded by local governments, the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as well as private donations. 

The mission of the Suncoast Partnership shall be to prevent and end homelessness throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties.  The Suncoast Partnership will provide leadership to the communities on issues relating to homelessness through engagement and collaboration with business and civic leaders, service providers, faith-based organizations, advocates, concerned citizens and people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Board of Directors Meeting Schedule can be found here.

The purposes for which the Suncoast Partnership is organized are exclusively for charitable, religious, educational, or scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.


Board of Directors

Philip Gorelick - Chair


Martin Poretsky- Vice Chair


Michael Richker- Treasurer


Chris Johnson- Secretary

Chief Executive Officer

Erick Arroyo
City of Sarasota

​Pamela Fields Esq.

Legal Aid of Manasota, Inc.

Marcella Levin


David Moore


Rita Smith

Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

​Misty Servia

Manatee County Commission

​Many thanks to Ali Kleber and Paul Sutton for more than 6 years of commitment and Rita Smith for her time as Board Chair.

Suncoast Partnership Staff

Chris Johnson

Chief Executive Officer


Tara Booker

Chief Operating Officer


Brandon Bellows

Chief Information Officer


Amiee Barth

System Administrator


Nick Bell

Outreach and Diversion


Brian Wright

Empowerment Coach






Lauren Davis

Project Manager


Wendy McNaughton

Assessment and Diversion - Sarasota Families


Erin Brady

Veteran Project Manager


Devon Jarrett

Program Coordinator


Taylor Neighbors

Contracts and Grants Manager


Libny Lopez

Coordinated Entry Intake


Laura Williams

Program Specialist


Nicole Bonito

Program Specialist


Ryan Ferace

Systems Analyst


Lauren Bowen

Project Manger, Housing


Kevin Marshall

Housing Specialist



Contact us by calling at (941) 955-8987      

The Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, Inc.

1750 17th Street C-1    Sarasota, FL 34234

 To be added to our email distribution lists. Click Here


For Media Inquiries, Please Contact:

Chris Johnson, ext. 104