Media Release

Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board Citizens Work Group Vacancies

Thursday, May 4, 2017 2:30 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL - Alachua County is seeking applicants for the City of Gainesville/Alachua County Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board. The two vacancies are on the Citizens Work Group to assist with homelessness related issues impacting the Empowerment Center. The Citizens Work Group gathers information from those served and acts as policy experts on broader homelessness issues. The work group reports its recommendations to the Oversight Board and helps to establish short and long-term priorities.

The Empowerment Center (2845 N.E. 39th Avenue, Gainesville) includes the Grace Marketplace which provides an indoor shelter, an outdoor shelter pavilion, showers, storage, meals and supportive services, including mental health and substance abuse treatment services for area homeless and those in danger of becoming homeless.

For more information visit the Grace Marketplace website.

Members appointed to the Citizens Work Group must comply with all provisions contained in the City of Gainesville and the Alachua County Advisory Board Participation Handbooks, including but not limited to the Florida Sunshine and Public Record Laws.

Applications must be received by Monday, May 22, 2017, to be considered for selection at the Empowerment Center Oversight Advisory Board’s May 30, 2017 meeting.

For more information and to obtain an application, call the Alachua County Community Support Service Department at 352-264-6700, or contact Staff Liaison Tom Tonkavich at, or Marie Small at


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).