Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

George H. Sheldon

January 12, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Awards $3.8 Million to Provide Housing, Prevent Evictions

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – The Department of Children and Families has awarded two sets of grants totaling $3.848 million to local homelessness agencies in Florida to provide housing for individuals and families who are homeless and to assist households at risk of eviction.

Local homeless prevention programs have received $848,505 to help individuals and families with past due rents or mortgages to avoid evictions. The Department awarded these federal Emergency Shelter Grants to 23 programs statewide that are expected to serve 2,894 households.

In addition, Homeless Housing Assistance Grants of $3 million in state funds have been awarded to the lead agencies of the local homeless continuums of care in six areas to help build and renovate 348 housing units reserved for individuals and families who are homeless.

"These state and federal resources will help us meet needs of the growing number of households in our state in financial crisis and unable to pay their mortgages or rent," said Tom Pierce, director of DCF’s Office on Homelessness. "This funding also will help us offer additional housing options to help move the homeless in our state back into stable, permanent housing."

The homeless prevention awards under the Emergency Shelter Grant program serve people who are at imminent risk of losing their existing housing to eviction or foreclosure. Financial assistance will be made available to households who have received eviction notices or notices of termination of utility services.

The assistance may cover overdue rent and utility costs, or provide security deposits and first month’s rent if the household must move into another rental unit. Payments to prevent foreclosure are also allowed. The grant may also cover legal aid during eviction proceedings.

Homeless Housing Assistance Grants assist in the acquisition of housing and construction of new, or repair of existing rental housing for occupancy by homeless people. The housing assistance may be either permanent housing or transitional with supportive services linked to the residents. As a condition of receiving those grant dollars, the housing acquired or built shall be reserved for occupancy by homeless persons or families for at least ten years.

Individuals needing prevention assistance should contact their local programs listed below:

View Homeless Housing Assistance Grant Awards

View Emergency Shelter Grant Recipients