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Post by Guest on Mon Mar 21, 2011 10:54 pm

Florida Office On Homelessness

Prevention and Referral Services

Created in 2001, the Office on Homelessness was established as a central point of contact within state government on homelessness. The Office coordinates the services of the various state agencies and programs to serve individuals or families who are homeless, or are facing homelessness. Office staff work in conjunction with the 17-member Council on Homelessness to develop state policy. It also manages targeted state grants to support the implementation of local homeless service continuum of care plans.

The Office is responsible for coordinating resources and programs across all levels of government, and with private providers that serve the homeless. It also manages targeted state grants to support the implementation of local homeless service continuum of care plans.

Prevention and Referral Services

Limited Funds Available for Overdue Rent or Security Deposits!

The Emergency Financial Assistance for Housing Program (EFAHP) has a limited amount of money available to help with overdue rent or, in certain cases, security deposits. To be eligible there must be at least one child under 18 years of age living in the household full-time. Also, there are certain income limits and other guidelines.

The funds will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis. Call 1-877-891-6445 for information, or complete the attached application and fax it to 1-850-921-2559.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re Housing Grants

25 Florida Communities Receive $8.6 Million to Prevent Homelessness

The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will award 25 Florida communities a total of $8.6 million in Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program grants to help homeless families move into rental housing, as well as current renters whose families are facing eviction because of past due rent or utilities.

The funds are available through the balance of a $21.5 million grant for the Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program awarded to DCF in June 2009, and are from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

DCF will disburse the funds to grantee organizations in each of the 25 communities, which then will distribute the money to eligible individuals and families.. To qualify, a person or household must be below a set income limit for the community and must complete a case management review and plan for their housing stability. A list of grantee organizations and contact information is attached.

"The economic downturn has affected many hard-working families, whose bread winners have found themselves out of work for no fault of their own and this, sadly, has resulted in their losing their homes or being threatened with eviction,” said DCF Secretary George Sheldon. “We are hopeful that these grants will help sustain them through this difficult time, and they will be able to once again have the safety and shelter of a home that everyone deserves."

The grants are expected to fund services to more than 6,700 people facing homelessness in Florida. They include individuals, families, youth aging out of foster care, persons with mental illness or substance abuse issues, victims of domestic violence and veterans.

In 2009-2010, the Department funded 15 local grantees to serve a total of 47 counties with $12.9 million in grants under this program. Housing assistance has been provided to 7,000 persons as of the end of March 2010.

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