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Wednesday, January 31, 2024
HUD Announces $134 Millions for Florida Homeless
By Amy Connolly
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s funding will go towards projects across the state for continuum of care.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced nearly $134 million in funding for more than 300 Florida projects to help the homeless. It is part of a $3.16 billion in continuum of care program awards for over 7,000 projects nationwide.
HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge
The funding is slated for programs across the state on large and small scales, from $3.4 million for a housing project in Miami-Dade to $3,500 for technology operations in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee counties. The total distribution for Florida will be $133,832,958.
“Now, more than ever, we are doing all we can to get people off the street and into permanent homes with access to services. That is why we are making sure the service providers on the frontlines of this crisis have the resources they need,” HUD Secretary Marcia L. Fudge said.
The $3.16 billion represents the largest-ever amount of continuum of care program funding awarded to communities to address homelessness in history and provides a critical expansion of resources at a time when rates of homelessness are rising in most communities, HUD said. The 2023 awards also include approximately $57 million for new projects that will support housing and service needs for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Fudge said HUD has served or permanently housed 1.2 million people experiencing homelessness in the last three years.
“The historic awards we are announcing today will expand community capacity to assist more people in obtaining the safety and stability of a home, along with the supports they need to achieve their life goals,” she said.