The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded approximately $2 billion to renew support to thousands of local homeless assistance programs across the nation.
In Florida, 249 individual agencies serving the homeless will receive an average of $336,000 each as part of the $78,683,000 coming to the state. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants provide support to 5,800 local programs nationwide. The current round is renewal funding for previously funded local programs. HUD says it will announce new project awards at a later date.
“At this time of year, thousands of local homeless assistance providers receive federal funding to operate and maintain stable housing for those living in our shelter system and on our streets,” says HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Renewing these grants will come as a huge relief to these providers, and it will allow them to continue their work to house and serve our most vulnerable neighbors.”
HUD Continuum of Care grant funding supports a broad array of interventions designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness, particularly those living in places not meant for habitation, in sheltering programs or at imminent risk of becoming homeless.
Homelessness in the U.S.
Last December, local communities reported homelessness in the U.S. remained largely unchanged in 2018. Based on these local reports, HUD’s 2018 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress found that 552,830 persons experienced homelessness on a single night in 2018, an increase of 0.3 percent since 2017.
The number of families with children experiencing homelessness declined 2.7 percent since 2017 and 29 percent since 2010. Local communities also reported a continuing trend in reducing veteran homelessness across the country – the number of veterans experiencing homelessness fell 5.4 percent since January 2017 and by 49 percent since 2010.
Florida metro homelessness grants
- Tampa/Hillsborough County: $5,554,399 going to 10 agencies
- St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Largo/Pinellas County: $4,002,824 going to 16 agencies
- Lakeland, Winter Haven/Polk County: $1,599,336 going to 12 agencies
- Deltona, Daytona Beach/Volusia, Flagler counties: $1,248,709 going to 12 agencies
- Fort Walton Beach/Okaloosa, Walton counties : $621,070 going to 2 agencies
- Tallahassee/Leon County: $1,338,151 going to 4 agencies
- Orlando/Orange, Osceola, Seminole counties: $7,813,215 going to 14 agencies
- Gainesville/Alachua, Putnam counties: $670,363 going to 7 agencies
- Fort Pierce/St. Lucie, Indian River, Martin counties: $1,661,189 going to 16 agencies
- Jacksonville-Duval, Clay counties: $5,012,167 going to 14 agencies
- Pensacola/Escambia, Santa Rosa counties: $664,822 going to 4 agencies
- St. Johns County: $121,214 going to 3 agencies
- Palm Bay, Melbourne/Brevard County: $668,886 going to 5 agencies
- Ocala/Marion County: $244,761 going to 5 agencies
- Panama City/Bay, Jackson counties: $30,765 going to 1 agency
- Hendry, Hardee, Highlands counties: $160,123 going to 2 agencies
- Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, Suwannee counties: $321,607 going to 4 agencies
- Pasco County: $850,289 going to 7 counties
- Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Sumter counties: $323,344 going to 4 agencies
- Miami-Dade County: $28,725,282 going to 58 agencies
- Fort Lauderdale/Broward County: $9,916,663 going to 20 agencies
- Punta Gorda/Charlotte County: $200,568 going to 3 agencies
- Monroe County: $477,526 going to 6 agencies
- West Palm Beach/Palm Beach County: $5,630,604 going to 14 agencies
- Naples/Collier County: $119,616 gong to 2 agencies
HUD has a complete list of Florida metro areas and the names of the individual funded service providers (PDF format) posted on its website.
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