Press Release

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott

David E. Wilkins

March 30, 2011
MEDIA CONTACT: DCF Communications
(850) 488-4855

DCF Awards Additional $176,967 to Prevent Homelessness
~Agency Efficiencies Benefit Floridians~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Maintaining a commitment to taxpayers and those in need, Sec. David Wilkins today allocated an additional $176,967 to organizations successful in assisting Floridians facing homelessness.

Federal regulations allow up to five percent of homelessness grant awards to be used by the agency for administrative costs. After reviewing agency efficiencies for the three-year grant cycle, the Department will re-allocate excess funds to directly help Floridians in need rather than spend it on administrative costs.

"Every dollar is significant in the fight to keep our most vulnerable citizens from facing eviction," said David Wilkins, DCF Secretary. "I am proud of our Department's efforts to aggressively seek out ways to cut government costs so we can focus on families facing hard times."

Statewide, more than 74,000 Floridians received assistance from the Department to prevent homelessness in the last fiscal year.

Based on quarterly performance reports, the following organizations or local governments had the highest achievements and have been offered a percentage of the administrative budget:

  • Kids Central, serving Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties will receive an additional $120,340.
  • Okaloosa Walton Continuum, serving Okaloosa and Walton Counties will receive an additional $42,836.
  • Monroe County will receive an additional $13,791.