All contractors are welcome! ​​Contractor's Information & Guidelines

Lee County Department of Human Services offers contracting opportunities to general and sub-contractors using Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding. Contact Lee County Human and Veteran Services via phone at (239) 533-7926.

How To Qualify

Lee County received federal funding in 2008 and 2010 to promote homeownership opportunities in the County. 

How to Bid

Lee County received federal funding in 2008 and 2010 to promote these homeownership opportunities in the County. The latest Quarterly Performance Reports (QPR) are available, which demonstrate this program's success to date.

​​​​​​​​​Section 3 Information

Section 3 is intended to ensure that when employment or ​​contracting opportunities are generated, preference is given to low- and very low-income persons or business concerns residing in the community where the opportunity is located.

Section 3 Applicant Directory

For more information and to become a certified Section 3 business contact:
4224 Renaissance Preserve Way
Fort Myers, FL 33916
Phone: 239-334-3220

DBE/MBE Information

​Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and Minority Businesses Enterprises (DBE/MBE) may apply for certification through the state of Florida.

For more information and assistance with the application process contact:

Florida Gulf Coast University College of Business

Landlords and Property Managers

Private market landlords and property managers are critical to the success of rapid re-housing programs. Having access to safe and affordable rental units helps people to quickly exit homelessness. Rapid re-housing is an initiative to quickly place persons experiencing homelessness into safe, permanent housing units within the private rental market.

Benefits of participating in the rapid-rehousing

  • Eliminate advertising costs. Working with our program gives you access to a pool of ready-to-rent tenants. Just call us up when you have a vacant unit, and we’ll immediately match you with a client that is looking for housing.
  • “Smart” renters. Our clients have attended training on such topics as personal budgeting, understanding rental agreements, housekeeping and general apartment maintenance, being a good neighbor, etc.
  • Damage/security deposits. Our organization aims to help individuals get back up on their feet. We have found that many low-income clients can afford the monthly rent, but have difficulty saving enough money for their security deposit. As a result, we help clients put together this one-time payment.
  • Clients have access to time-limited subsidies. Again, our organization aims to help individuals get back up on their feet. As a result, eligible clients receive a subsidy to help them cover the first three months of their rent. This allows clients some time to stabilize and build an emergency fund for the future.
  • Clients are attached to needed services. Some of our clients face a number of challenges, but we work with our clients on an ongoing basis to make sure they have the support they need to succeed. We work with clients to correct past mistakes and prevent future problems, and through our network of partners, clients have access to an array of supportive services.
  • Problem prevention through regular home visits. Our case managers conduct regular home visits to ensure that clients are stabilized in their new environments, that their jobs are going well, and that they are getting the support they need. Regular follow-up with clients allows us to identify and address problems early before they become irreparable.
  • Neutral party to mediate problems. Despite best efforts, problems are sometimes inevitable. However, when problems arise, it can be reassuring to know that there is someone to call. We care as much about our relationship with our landlords as we do our clients. We need everyone to make our program work. The job of a case manager is to be a neutral party, ensuring that everyone is treated fairly and that problems are resolved quickly and impartially.
  • Satisfaction from helping others. Everyone deserves a safe and affordable place to live. Some people make mistakes, but everyone deserves a second chance. By helping house our clients, you are playing an integral role not only in helping individuals take charge of their lives, but also in making your community a better place to live. Interested but still unsure?

Partner Agencies

Lee County Human and Veteran Services maintains strong partnerships with non-profit and human services organizations in the community.

Homeless Continuum of Care

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) releases an annual notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to gather applications for funding from Continuum's of Care (CoC). The 2023 competitive process must be submitted to HUD prior to September 28, 2023. The documents linked below are the required posting for the 2023 HUD CoC NOFO process.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a supplemental notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) to gather applications for funding from Continuum's of Care (CoC). The 2021 supplemental competitive process must be submitted to HUD prior to November 10, 2022, as Lee County was granted an extension due to Hurricane Ian. The documents linked below are the required posting for the 2021 HUD CoC Supplemental NOFO process.

The Lee County Continuum of Care (CoC) is a group of community stakeholders who work together to address the needs of individuals and families who are homeless Lee County. The group includes funders, service providers, local businesses, and advocates who meet monthly at the Lee County Homeless Coalition General Meeting. The work of the Continuum of Care is carried out within several sub-committees, which plan for community education, advocacy, the Homeless Management Information and Coordinated Entry Systems, and community resources and needs.

CoC Documents

Governing Board

The Continuum of Care is overseen by a Governing Board made up of community volunteers that represent a variety of community sectors, including providers of housing, supportive services, health care, education, mental health treatment, substance abuse treatment, community advocates, and homeless or formerly homeless persons. The Governing Board meets regularly to evaluate the performance of community programs and identify strategic planning initiatives.

The Continuum of Care Governing Board accepts applications for new members. Members are required to attend regular meetings and commit to a one year term. Request an application via email

​2023-24 CoC Governing Board Meeting Schedule*
May 10, 2023 at 1 p.m
July 12, 2023 at 1 p.m
November 8, 2023 at 1 p.m
January 10, 2024 at 1 p.m
March 13, 2024 at 1 p.m
​2022-23 CoC Governing Board Meeting
May 10, 2023
July 12, 2023
​September 13, 2023
November 8, 2023
January 10, 2024
March 13, 2024

Housing Outreach Treatment Teams

Many Continuum's of Care (CoC) across the U.S., leverage partnerships with local law enforcement agencies to conduct street outreach to persons who are experiencing homelessness. This effort, often referred to as Homeless Outreach Teams or HOT Teams, has many models.

In Lee County, HOT teams are referred to a Housing, Outreach, and Treatment Teams to encapsulate the scope of services being provided. These teams are possible through collaboration between Lee County, Centerstone, and local law enforcement, including Lee County Sherriff's Office, Cape Coral Police Department, Fort Myers Police Department, Sanibel Police Department, Lee County Port Authority and Florida Gulf Coast University Police Department.

Lee County's HOT Teams consist of a law enforcement officer and behavioral health professional. Teams conduct street outreach to persons experiencing homelessness, with the main goal of connecting individuals and families to housing and services. HOT Teams conduct assessments, provide referrals for housing and shelter, and connect households with behavioral health and other supportive services.

Partnering for Results

UPDATE (January 1, 2023)

The Board of County Commissioners has agreed to fund the Fiscal Year 22/23 Partnering for Results recipients at a 10% increase from their funding in Fiscal Year 21/22.  They are required to spend 60% of the 10% increase on capacity building. There will not be a competitive process for Fiscal Year 22/23 and no rollover of unspent grant funds. The County will assess the current programs, outcomes and processes for Fiscal Year 23/24and further updates will be provided when available.

Local Agencies

Approximately $5,586,441.30 has been awarded to local non-profit agencies in Lee County. These agencies include:

  • Abuse Counseling & Treatment, Inc.
  • Affordable Homeownership Foundation
  • AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Inc.
  • Basic Learning Skills Learning Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast, Inc.
  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County, Inc.
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Venice, Inc.
  • Center for Independent Living
  • Center for Progress & Excellence
  • Children's Advocacy Center
  • Children's Network of SWFL, LLC
  • Community Assisted & Supportive Living
  • Community Cooperative, Inc.
  • Deaf Service Center of SWFL, Inc.
  • Dr. Piper Center for Social Services, Inc.
  • Early Learning Coalition, Inc.
  • ​Family Health Centers
  • Goodwill Industries of SWFL, Inc.
  • The Heights Center
  • HOPE Clubhouse of SWFL, Inc.
  • I Will Mentorship Foundation
  • IMPACT for Developmental Education, Inc.
  • Into the Jordan
  • LARC, Inc.
  • Lee County Housing Development Corp.
  • Lee Health
  • Lighthouse of SWFL, Inc.
  • Lutheran Services Florida, Inc.
  • New Horizons of SWFL, Inc. 
  • Our Mother's Home, Inc.
  • PACE Center for Girls, Inc.
  • Project Dentists Care
  • Protected Harbor
  • Quality Life Center of SWFL, Inc.
  • Senior Friendship Centers, Inc.
  • YMCA of SWFL, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army
  • United Way 211
  • Valerie's House

Human Services Information Network (HSIN)


To provide a forum for information exchange and coordination among providers and the community to enhance the availability and delivery of human services.


Formed in November 2003 in a partnership between the Lee County Department of Human Services, United Way 211 and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, HSIN held its inaugural meeting in January 2004. HSIN has continued to meet bi-monthly on the first Thursday of every other month. We would like to thank all of our meeting hosts and partners who have made this endeavor such a success.


You may also wish to visit our main HSIN partners:

Next Meeting

Date: TBD
Time:  TBD
Location: TBD
Topic: TBA

Remember to bring your business cards!

List of Partnering Agencies

Affordable Homeownership Foundation​5264 Clayton Ct. Suite 1
Fort Myers, FL 33907
​Bob Janes Triage & Low Demand Shelter

​2789 Ortiz Ave. Bldg. L

Fort Myers, FL 33905

Community Assisted & Supported Living

​3677 Central Ave. Suite J

Fort Myers, FL 33901

Community Cooperative

​3429 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33902

Department of Veteran Affairs
​2489 Diplomat Pkwy. E
Cape Coral, FL 33909
Estero/San Carlos Park United Way House
(Interfaith Charities of South Lee)

​17592 Rockefeller Cir.

Fort Myers, FL 33967

Jewish Family & Children's Service of the Suncoast​2688 Fruitville Rd.
Sarasota, FL 34237
Lee County Department of Human &
Veteran Services

2440 Thompson St.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

Lee County Homeless Coalition​1500 Colonial Blvd. Suite 235
Fort Myers, FL 33907
Lee County Housing Development Corporation​3677 Central Ave. Suite F
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Lee Health​2776 S Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Lehigh Community Services

​201 Plaza Dr. Suite 3

Lehigh Acres, FL 33936

​Public Defender's Office1700 Monroe St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901​

​2101 McGregor Blvd.

Fort Myers, FL 33901

The Salvation Army

​2400 Edison Ave.

Fort Myers, FL 33901


Client Services Network (Homeless Management Information System)

A Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) is a local, information technology system used to collect:

  • client‐level data
  • data on the housing of/services provided to homeless individuals, homeless families, and persons at risk of homelessness

Each Continuum of Care (CoC) is responsible for selecting an HMIS software solution that complies with the data collection, management, and reporting standards given by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Client Services Network (CSN) from Bell Data Systems is the HMIS software used in Lee County.

​Standard Downloads

CSN Consent Form v5.0 (English)
HMIS Data Standards: Manual
CSN Consent Form v5.0 (Spanish)
HMIS Data Standards: Dictionary
CSN Full Summary
HMIS Logical Model
CSN Policies and Procedures ManualHMIS Privacy Notice (English)
HMIS Definitions/Data Collection Elements
HMIS Privacy Notice (Spanish)

Triage Center Downloads

Authorization for Release of Information
Law Enforcement Intake Form
CSN Consent Form v5.0 (English)
Marchman Act User Reference Guide
​CSN Consent Form v5.0 (Spanish)
Nursing Assessment Form
​Exit Form​
Psychosocial Assessment Form
Intake Form Screening Form
Involuntary Examination Form Transportation to Receiving Facility Form

CoC Data Committee Meeting

The CoC Data Committee meeting is a collaboration between the Lee County Homeless Coalition and CSN user group agencies to discuss the usage of data and statistics. Meetings are held at 1 pm on the First Wednesday of each month.