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State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Rick Scott
Governor

David E. Wilkins
Secretary

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 16, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Gillespie,
Press Secretary,
(850) 717-4450
DCF Communications
DCF ANNOUNCES MORE THAN $2 MILLION IN GRANTS TO LOCAL HOMELESS SHELTER
~ Funds will help maintain shelters and feed and support those who are homeless ~

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. – Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins announced today more than $2 million in grants that will benefit community homeless shelters throughout the state.

Secretary Wilkins approved the award of $2.1 million in federal Emergency Shelter Grant funding that will go to 25 homeless shelters. The award money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

"We are pleased to be able to help individuals and families who desperately need assistance and the shelters that provide them a place to stay until they can get back on their feet," said Secretary Wilkins. "These funds will be going to rural communities with an emphasis on helping families move on to permanent housing."

The awards were made through a competitive bidding process. The top-rated applicants were rated on the following criteria:

  • Shelter serves counties that are not receiving this federal grant directly from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • The county is designated a rural county by the federal government.
  • The county lacks other emergency shelter facilities.
  • The shelter has policies and shelter housing space designed to serve families with children so that family members are able to stay together.
  • The shelter will create additional bed capacity to serve the homeless.
  • The performance of the shelter in assisting residents to move into permanent housing.
  • Shelter is an ACCESS community partner.
  • The level of unmet need for shelter beds in the homeless planning area.

The 25 recipients will use the funding to operate 42 emergency shelter sites, including 602 emergency beds and 436 transitional beds. This will serve 5,639 individuals by June 30, 2012. The grant funding can be used to support the daily operations of the shelter, including meals and assistance to the homeless, or for repairs and renovations of the facility to ensure it is safe for its residents.

The full award listing is attached - 2011 Emergency Shelter Grant Shelter Facilities Recipients.

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