DATE: August 27, 2013
CONTACT: Michael R. Wright, MPA, Broward County
Homeless Initiative Partnership Administrator
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has been awarded a grant of more than $1.1 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2012 HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program.
The CoC program provides funding for transitional and permanent housing along with supportive services that combat some challenges contributing toward homelessness. The $1.1 million awarded to the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership is part of more than $57 million in additional grants that HUD recently allocated nationwide to help local communities continue to address homelessness.
The Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership will use the additional renewal and new awards to fund a total of 21 HUD CoC projects totaling more than $10.1 million that focus on housing and services in support of 1,182 beds in Broward County for eligible homeless clients. Grant monies will be specifically earmarked to renew funding for health screening services, and provide new funding for several projects including a homeless management information system (HMIS) and CoC planning.
Most importantly, these new funds will create 22 new permanent supportive housing beds for chronically homeless persons through an initiative being conducted in partnership with the city of Fort Lauderdale.
The 21 CoC projects will serve homeless adult and youth clients, including:
• individuals, families and veterans
• those with mental, emotional and physical disabilities
• clients with substance abuse disorders
• mothers with children including pregnant women and
• those who are “chronically” homeless and those who have co-occurring disorders.
The additional grant awards will help fulfill goals set out in Broward County, Florida’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, which was initially approved by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners in December 2005, and has since been endorsed by nine cities, the United Way of Broward County, Coordinating Council of Broward, Florida Department of Children and Families, businesses and others. Today, the County continues to actively seek and secure resources to address this growing need.
For more information, visit Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership, view the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness or the Homelessness in Broward County 2013 Point-In-Time Count reports.