The Kearney Center is a 24-hour comprehensive emergency service center that serves as a point of entry into assistance by coordinating services and responding to immediate needs of individuals and families until appropriate permanent housing can be arranged. Our mission is to reduce homelessness by providing a safe environment that promotes dignity and respect for individuals in our community who are experiencing homelessness or are at risk of becoming homeless.
Who We Are
The Kearney Center is a state-of-the-art facility that houses over 250 adults nightly and provides 600 meals per day. It opened in April 2015 as a one-stop-shop for individuals experiencing homelessness or economic hardship in the North Florida region. The Kearney Center provides overnight shelter and daytime services that connect clients with social service providers, case management, and programs. The most basic needs such as a warm shower and clean clothes are provided as well as information and referrals to a variety of social services in our community. Clients can utilize daytime services (i.e. case management, laundry, meals etc.) indefinitely.
The Center provides space for more than 30 state, federal and local governmental agencies, non-profit and faith based organizations to co-locate and provide wrap-around services, including emergency residential services, with a collaborative and collective approach that yields comprehensive solutions to homelessness. It is our policy to help any individual or family regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religious orientation, marital status, language spoken, or income level. The Kearney Center does not conduct criminal background checks on any individual seeking services other than to confirm that the individual is not a sexual offender. By having an open-door approach, any individual who seeks services at our agency is assessed and connected to resources.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.