HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 05-0127
J. Nicholas Shelley, Field Office Director
(904) 232-2627
For Release
January 27, 2005

HUD funds will support 12 programs in Duval County

JACKSONVILLE - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Jacksonville Field Office Director, Nick Shelley, joined with city officials, Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition Board Chair, Ms. Sidney Simmons, its Executive Director, Ms. Wanda Lanier, and the members of the Jacksonville Homeless Coalition, to announce $4,112,040 million that will go to 10 local organizations working to end chronic homelessness in the Duval County

HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, on Tuesday, announced that Florida will receive $65,976,956 to provide shelter
and care for persons and families without a home of their own. The funding to Florida is part of more than $1.4 billion announced nationwide�the largest single commitment of federal funds supporting an unprecedented number of local projects on the front lines of caring for people who might otherwise be living on the streets.

"President Bush is deeply committed to supporting our most vulnerable neighbors and today I am pleased to
reconfirm that commitment," said Jackson . "This unprecedented level of funds will go directly to those on the front lines, who work tirelessly everyday to bring an end to chronic homelessness, and who provide services to the many individuals and families without a home of their own."

This is the fourth consecutive year HUD is providing record funding for homeless assistance and is part of a larger federal strategy being embraced by a growing number of state and local communities to end long-term or chronic homelessness.

HUD's funding is provided in two ways:

  • Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons. In addition, Continuum grants fund important services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care.
  • Emergency Shelter Grants convert buildings into homeless shelters, assist in the operation of local shelters
    and fund related social service and homeless prevention programs.

Combined, HUD's Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant programs will provide critically needed funding to more than 4,400 local programs in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a result, more than a quarter-million persons will receive the housing and services they need to become self-sufficient. For a more detailed local summary of the funding announced today, visit Continuum of Care and Emergency Shelter Grant.

More than $1.2 billion in Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs
of their homeless clients Continuum grants fund a wide variety of programs�from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. ($59,060,266 awarded in Florida).

Emergency Shelter Grants are allocated based on a formula to state and local governments to create, improve and operate emergency shelters for homeless persons. These funds may also support essential services including job training, health care, drug/alcohol treatment, childcare and homelessness prevention activities. By helping to
support emergency shelter, transitional housing and needed support services, Emergency Shelter Grants are
designed to move homeless persons toward permanent housing. ($2,774,084 awarded in Florida).

Approximately $322 million of the Continuum grants awarded today will fund new and existing programs through
HUD's Shelter Plus Care program which helps to pay rent and provide permanent housing for disabled homeless individuals and their families. The Shelter Plus Care program requires that HUD-funded projects help their clients
live independently and provide needed supportive services from funding sources other than HUD.

The Goal to End Chronic Homelessness

For nearly four years, HUD has increasingly emphasized the Bush Administration's goal of ending chronic
homelessness in its assistance programs. Research indicates that approximately 10 percent of all homeless persons experience long-term or chronic homelessness or 150,000 people. These studies also find that this hardest-to-serve population utilizes over half of all emergency shelter resources designed to assist homeless individuals and families.
By shifting the federal emphasis toward meeting the needs of the most vulnerable homeless persons, more resources become available for those who experience homelessness as a temporary condition.

HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership, particularly among minorities; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development as
well as enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet and


Jacksonville Homeless Coalition/Grant Amounts

Continuum of Care Grants $3,813,372
Jacksonville Housing Authority
I.M Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless, Inc
Volunteers of America of Florida


Community Connections of Jacksonville , Inc.


River Region Human Services, Inc.
Mental Health Resource Center, Inc.
Goodwill of North Florida
Clara White Mission, Inc.
Youth Crisis Center
United Way of Northeast Florida
Emergency Shelter Grants $298,668
City of Jacksonville

Total - Jacksonville Homeless Coalition


Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG)

Florida Ft Lauderdale $86,203
  Hialeah $188,261
  Miami $363,122
  Orlando $97,180
  St Petersburg $99,334
  Tallahassee $84,492
  Tampa $164,770
  Broward County $202,739
  Collier County $96,119
  Jacksonville-Duval $298,668
  Escambia County $92,824
  Hillsborough County $258,735
  Lee County $93,933
  Miami-Dade County $865,955
  Orange County $268,096
  Palm Beach County $302,628
  Pasco County $107,349
  Pinellas County $135,371
  Polk County $133,359
  Seminole County $105,559
  Volusia County $97,909
  State of Florida $2,774,084
  State Total $6,916,690



  • Largest total award of Federal funds for homeless assistance in history - more than $1.4 billion is being
    awarded to an unprecedented number of projects nationally, more than 4,400. This is also the fourth
    consecutive year funding for homeless assistance has increasedto record levels.

  • 1,089 of the project awards being announced today target individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.
    Total funding to these projects will exceed $370 million, a commitment that directly supports the national
    goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2012.

  • Approximately half of all funding announced today, totaling $628 million, is being awarded to more than
    1,100 projects that provide permanent housing solutions for homeless persons.

  • More than 900 local projects that primarily serve mothers and their children will receive $220 million.

  • Approximately 400 shelters that primarily serve victims of domestic violence will receive $92.6 million.

  • Nearly $33.8 million is being awarded to 133 projects that primarily target homeless veterans among those
    they serve.

  • Nearly 1,200 of the projects funded today are dedicated to providing housing and support services to
    severely mentally ill clients. These persons are at high risk of experiencing long-term or chronic homelessness.


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