County Examples

The Kearney Center

Leon County, Fla.

In 2014, Leon County partnered with the City of Tallahassee, the United of Way of the Big Bend and a local business owner (Rick Kearney) in a public-private effort to build the Kearney Center; a state-of-the-art facility that provides services and emergency housing to the homeless population in the community. The Kearney Center is a 24-hour comprehensive emergency service center that serves as a point of entry into a comprehensive slate of social and economic assistance by coordinating services and responding to immediate needs of individuals and families until appropriate permanent housing can be arranged. The Kearney Center also provides space for more than 30 local, state, and federal agencies, non-profits 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.

Mr. Andrew Johnson 
Special Projects Coordinator

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Counties play an essential role in keeping America’s communities healthy, vibrant and safe. With public and private sector partners, we pursue innovative approaches to advance public health and well-being, protect public safety and foster economic strength and resiliency. Counties anticipate and adapt to challenges by thinking outside the box and demonstrating local leadership that makes a difference in people’s lives.

Under the leadership of NACo Immediate Past President Bryan Desloge, NACo embarked on an initiative to identify and share 100 examples of visionary county leadership that results in improving residents’ quality of life. Through this initiative, NACo worked with county leaders and partners to share best practices that bolster our nation’s ability to thrive county by county.

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