Who We Serve
Opportunity Place, Inc., is the only low-barrier to entry temporary emergency shelter for families and single women who are homeless in Okaloosa and Walton county. Last year we served 217 women and families, including 111 children. We provide safe shelter and supportive services for the chronically homeless and for those experiencing homelessness due to a negative event that occurred in their lives. Whether a single female Veteran who has run into hard times, a mother and children fleeing domestic violence, a family evicted because their landlord did not pay his mortgage, or a grandmother who became homeless with her grandchild after being hospitalized – Opportunity Place, Inc. ensures these individuals are no longer at risk living in their cars, in the woods, or other places not safe nor intended for human habitation.
Our facility consists of three primary buildings – two dorm-style buildings and the main building that houses a kitchen, dining area, computer center, community room, children’s play area and offices. The dorms have full-sized bathrooms, laundry amenities and a common area. There are a total of ten private rooms that can accommodate up to thirty-five clients. In addition, there is a pantry, off-street parking, grounds for playing, a Sheriff’s auxiliary office and access to a County playground.
Families are provided with a private room. Single women share a room.
At Opportunity Place, Inc. (OPI), we believe everyone deserves a safe home and an opportunity to succeed in life. Our shelter provides that safety to families and single women experiencing homelessness, while providing personalized case management to help them secure long-term housing.
We also believe in the power of family and community. Our shelter leverages this power by enabling families to stay together as they tackle the challenges of homelessness so that the trauma of family separation does not further hinder their efforts to find housing and rebuild their lives. We do this by connecting women and families to community resources that meet their immediate needs and give them tools for creating a sustainable, healthy path forward.
Leading with compassion, empowering families and leveraging community works. In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, 85% of those served left the program with improved income and sustainable housing.