State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Jeb Bush

Lucy D. Hadi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Al Zimmerman
August 28, 2006 850-488-4855

Awards will benefit more than 28,000 people in 46 counties

TALLAHASSEE - Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Lucy D. Hadi today announced the award of $2.1 million in state grants that will benefit several homeless agencies and shelters across the state of Florida.

"We are pleased that so many agencies qualified for these grants," Secretary Hadi said. "This will enable the recipients to offer more services to those who need them the most."

DCF is awarding the state Challenge Grants to 92 agencies serving the following 46 counties: Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Hamilton, Hernando, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Okaloosa, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Volusia, Wakulla, and Walton. A detailed list of grant recipients and their projects is attached. An estimated 28,096 people are served by the agencies receiving the grants.

The Challenge Grant awards will be used by local organizations to help fund both capital projects and services under their Continuum of Care plans. The Continuum of Care concept transcends traditional services, such as offering meals and nightly lodging, and includes prevention services, outreach, transitional housing and supportive services to help those who are homeless, or are at risk of becoming homeless regain their independence.

The eligible applicants are the designated lead agencies of the Continuum of Care planning efforts. The lead agencies applied on behalf of the local agencies selected by the continuum for funding under the Challenge Grant. There were 27 eligible applicants for the grant.

Governor Bush in 2001 signed into law a bill that created the Challenge Grant program, the Council on Homelessness and the Office of Homelessness. The Office, advised by the Council, develops and implements the state's homeless policy. To learn more about the Florida Department of Children and Families or the Office of Homelessness please visit


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