State of Florida
Department of Children and Families
Jeb Bush
Governor

Lucy D. Hadi
Secretary


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Brenda Brody
September 14, 2006 850-488-4855

HOMELESS SERVICES TO RECEIVE $7 M
IN GRANTS FROM DCF

Awards a boon to statewide homeless agencies

TALLAHASSEE - Department of Children and Families (DCF) Secretary Lucy D. Hadi today announced the award of $7.0 million in state grants that will benefit several homeless housing providers across the state of Florida.

"We are delighted that so many agencies qualified for these grants," Secretary Hadi said. "This funding is a great boost that will enable the recipients to offer more services and much needed housing to those who need it the most."

DCF is awarding Homeless Housing Assistance Grants to 16 agencies in homeless planning areas serving the following 26 counties: Alachua, Bradford, Brevard, Clay, Duval, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Hillsborough, Indian River, Jefferson, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Martin, Monroe, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Lucie, Santa Rosa, Taylor, and Wakulla. A detailed list of grant recipients and their projects is attached.

The grants awards will be used by local organizations to help fund housing alternatives for the homeless 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 Homeless Housing Assistance Grants will finance the building or repairing of 455 of housing that will serve persons or families that are homeless. The state awards are leveraged by $23.4 million in other federal, local and private dollars to build the housing.

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 grants. There were 27 eligible applicants for these grants.

The Office on Homelessness was established in 2001 to serve as a central point of contact within state government on the issue of homelessness. The Office's primary duty is to coordinate the services of various state agencies and programs to serve those persons or families who have become homeless, or are facing becoming homeless. For more information on the Office of Homelessness or the Florida Department of Children and Families visit www.myflorida.com/cf_web.

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