DATE: December 23, 2011
CONTACT: Michael R. Wright, MPA, Broward County
Homeless Initiative Partnership Administrator
Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has received a grant totaling more than $9 million to fund 18 local projects from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
In January 2011, Broward County reported an 18 percent increase in homelessness following a countywide homeless Point-in-Time Count. Since that time, the County has actively sought to maintain and secure resources to address this growing need.
HUD recently announced the 2011 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care awards, including more than $1.47 billion in awards for the Homeless Continuum of Care Program nationwide.
Broward County is the recipient of 18 project grants totaling $9,555,151. This award funds supportive services, transitional, permanent supportive housing through HUD’s Permanent Supportive Housing and Shelter Plus Care Programs and helps fulfill goals set out in the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. The Ten Year Plan was initially approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in December 2005, and has since been endorsed by nine cities, United Way of Broward, Coordinating Council of Broward, Florida Department of Children and Families, businesses and others.
Of the 18 HUD awards, 12 permanent housing projects fund 665 beds and five transitional housing projects fund 428 beds. Most importantly, this funding will create 23 new permanent beds. The project funds health screening supportive services for 200 homeless individuals and families in emergency shelter beds. These programs will serve homeless adult and youth clients:
Overall the HUD award funds housing and/or services in support of 1,093 beds in Broward County for eligible homeless clients.
- individuals, families, veterans
- those with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities
- substance abuse disorders
- mothers with children
- pregnant women
- those who are “chronically” homeless and who have co-occurring disorders.