Alfred Washburn Center

Sandra Averhart / WUWF Public Media

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless recently conducted its 2018 Point-in-Time survey. The effort, required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), was conducted on January 24.

Staff and volunteers visited local shelters, encampments, and street corners in an effort to determine the number of sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in the area and identify service needs.

It’s been a busy January for Pensacola-area shelters, helping the homeless and heatless cope with two winter blasts.

Frigid temperatures, with lows and wind chills in the 20s and teens, hit the area twice this month as shelters saw more people coming in to avail themselves of their services, as they do whenever there’s bad weather.

“Whether that’s a hurricane, a bad storm, or of course, the severe cold,” said Waterfront spokesman Paul Stadden. “Waterfront Rescue Mission is always trying to respond to the need as best as it possibly can.”

Dave Dunwoody, WUWF Public Media

The EscaRosa Coalition on the Homeless, which serves Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties, is conducting its annual “Point in Time” count of the homeless.

On a bright sunny Wednesday morning the courtyard at the Alfred Washburn Center, complete with picnic tables and a serving area for food and drink, is abuzz with activity. Volunteers are mingling with Washburn clients, taking surveys. Also with a clipboard is the Coalition’s Executive Director, John Johnson.

T. S. Strickland

When temperatures spike, as they did during last week’s heat wave, the first to feel the heat are often the area’s homeless residents.

 

 

Area experts say though most homeless citizens are resilient and able to make do with existing resources, many particularly women, families and those with illnesses – struggle to find shelter and stay hydrated when temperatures climb.

Alfred Washburn Center

At least two suspects are being sought in connection with the December fire that gutted the main building at the Alfred Washburn Center in Pensacola. 

Washburn Center Reopens After Fire

Dec 18, 2013
Tony Giberson, Pensacola News Journal

It’s back to business at the Alfred Washburn Center in Pensacola, one week after a fire destroyed the main service building.

Lunch was served by members of St. Paul Catholic Church: chicken casserole with noodles; green beans, chocolate and vanilla pudding for dessert as well as assorted Christmas candies.

Washburn Center Fire Under Investigation

Dec 12, 2013
Pensacola News Journal

The state Fire Marshal’s Office continues its investigation into Monday night’s fire at the Alfred-Washburn Center in Pensacola. Ashley Carr with the Fire Marshal’s Office in Tallahassee says the preliminary findings are that the fire began in the attic and was caused by an electrical problem.