“Miami-Dade County was the largest recipient of grant dollars in the state and we intend to be excellent stewards of every penny,” said Ronald L. Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “The Homeless Trust and area providers have been tireless in their commitment to implement the research-based, results-driven strategies recommended by USHUD over the past few years. By incorporating HUD’s model of care into our Community Homelessness Plan, we see improved outcomes and we continue moving forward in our goal to end chronic homelessness in Miami-Dade.”
The announcement is the first phase of grant awards made by USHUD resulting from its recently completed funding competition, which requires communities to compete for dollars to support local projects that meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In order to provide communities with the opportunity to make strategic, local decisions, HUD requires homeless continuums of care, like The Homeless Trust, to rank and prioritize projects in two tiers. Tier 1 projects are those programs most critical to the CoC; Tier 2 are important funding priorities but ranked as less a priority to the CoC.
Awards for new Tier 1 programs, as well as Tier 2 applications, are expected in the near future.
HUD required all applicants to reduce their funding requests by 5% due to last year’s budget cuts through sequestration. However, this award will allow critical projects currently operating in Miami-Dade County to continue, including: transitional and permanent housing and support services to the homeless, street outreach, client assessment, direct housing assistance, job training, healthcare, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare.
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is also the recipient of a $198,000 Homeless Prevention Grant from the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Office on Homelessness. The intent of the grant is to prevent families from becoming homeless and to enable them to remain stably housed. This is the largest grant issued by the State and comes at a time when Miami-Dade County is working to meet high demand for prevention services. In 2013, a total of 16,988 calls to the Homeless Helpline number were sent to the Homeless Prevention Coordinator for prevention assistance.
The Florida legislature created the Homeless Prevention Grant in 2013 to provide emergency rental assistance to families facing loss of housing. This current grant provides up to four months’ rent assistance to help stabilize housing situations and prevent homelessness.
For information visit, www.homelesstrust.com