HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 12-0301
Gloria Shanahan
(305) 520-5030
For Release
March 13, 2012


MIAMI - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $6,784,904 to support 32 new local homeless programs in Florida.  This funding provides critically needed emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent support for individuals and families and is a significant part of the Obama Administration's strategic plan to prevent and end homelessness. View a complete list of all the state and local projects awarded funding today.

HUD recently awarded $71.9 million to renew funding to 331 existing local homeless programs operating in Florida. That funding ensured housing and service programs remained operating in 2012. The grants announced today will support new local programs never before funded by HUD (see attached chart).

"Today's grantees will join the tens of thousands of local programs that are on the front lines of helping those who might otherwise be living on our streets," said Donovan. "It's incredible that as we work to recover from the greatest economic decline since the Great Depression, the total number of homeless Americans is declining, in large part because of these funds."

HUD is awarding $201 million nationwide to support 731 programs, including 103 projects located in rural communities. Funding to these never-before-funded programs in less populated areas continues HUD's efforts to confront rural homelessness. HUD is delivering record funding to meet the unique challenges homeless individuals and families living in rural areas face.

HUD's Continuum of Care grants provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless persons as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of their homeless clients. These grants fund a wide variety of programs from street outreach and assessment programs to transitional and permanent housing for homeless persons and families. Continuum of Care programs include:

  • Supportive Housing Program (SHP) offers housing and supportive services to allow homeless persons to live as independently as possible.

  • Shelter Plus Care (S+C) provides housing and supportive services on a long-term basis for homeless persons with disabilities, (primarily those with serious mental illness, chronic problems with alcohol and/or drugs, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) or related diseases) and their families who were living in places not intended for human habitation (e.g., streets) or in emergency shelters.

  • Single-Room Occupancy Program (SRO) provides rental assistance for homeless persons in one-person housing units that contain small kitchens, bathrooms, or both.

In 2010, President Obama and 19 federal agencies and offices that form the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) launched the nation's first comprehensive strategy to prevent and end homelessness. Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness ( puts the country on a path to end veterans and chronic homelessness by 2015 and to ending homelessness among children, family, and youth by 2020.

In addition to HUD's annual grant awards, HUD continues to manage the $1.5 billion Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-housing (HPRP) Program.  Made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, this three-year grant program is intended to prevent persons from falling into homelessness or to rapidly re-house them if they do. To date, more than 1.2 million persons have been assisted through HPRP.


City Project Grant Amount
Tampa Homeless Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc. / HOME3 SHP $513,702
Clearwater 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares, Inc. / Tampa Bay Information Network Expansion 2012 SHP $100,452
St Petersburg Catholic Charities Housing, Inc. / Pinellas Hope III SHP $300,895
Deland The Neighborhood Center of West Volusia / Neighborhood Center PH SHP $100,000
Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care/ Opportunity, Inc / Homes for Homeless SHP $197,249
Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care/ Opportunity, Inc / Housing for Homeless SHP $327,898
Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care/ Opportunity, Inc / Housing Relief for Families SHP $34,146
Tallahassee Capital City Youth Services, Inc. / Transitional Living Center SHP $165,727
Tallahassee The Center for Independent Living of N. F., dba Ability1st / APCH for Families SHP $156,078
Orlando Homeless Services Network of Central Florida, Inc. / Transition House PSH 2 SHP $147,787
Kissimmee Osceola County Government / Osceola County S+C 2 S+C $400,140
Gainesville Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. / Meridian SHP Housing SHP $80,569
Gainesville Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. / Meridian SHP Operations SHP $63,359
Gainesville St. Francis House, Inc. / Permanent Supportive Housing SHP $79,800
Gainesville Three Rivers Legal Services, Inc. / Homeless Advocacy SHP $21,000
Vero Beach Indian River County Board of County Commissioners / 2011HMISDataQuality SHP $58,000
Ft. Pierce St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners / SLCNewS+CBeds S+C $289,680
Jacksonville Jacksonville Housing Authority / Villages Supportive Housing Program S+C $354,600
Pensacola Escarosa Coalition on the Homeless, Inc. / HMIS Expansion2 SHP $31,342
Gulf Breeze South Santa Rosa Interfaith Ministries, Inc. / Santa Rosa Permanent Housing SHP $146,632
St. Augustine Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns Co.,  / ESHC HMIS Expansion SHP $55,864
Lake City Another Way, Inc. / Lake City Permanent Housing SHP $23,689
Lake City Another Way, Inc. / Lake City Permanent Housing Bonus SHP $27,244
New Port Richey Ace Opportunities, Inc. / Ace Exhibit 2 2011 SHP $111,495
Tampa Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc. (ACTS) / ACTS Chancey Congregate Facility SHP $246,327
New Port Richey Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County, Inc. / SHP HMIS EXPAND 2011 SHP $20,000
Clearwater Directions for Mental Health, Inc. / Directions SHP-SSL SHP $137,761
Dade City Pasco County Housing Auhority / Pasco County Housing Authority Shelter Plus Care 2011 S+C $294,960
Miami Miami-Dade County / Kolapi SHP $1,770,156
Fort Myers Lee County Board of County Commissioners / SWFAS Chrysalis Peer Support Community SHP $89,733
Key West Florida Keys Outreach Coalition, Inc. / PH for Families SHP $28,071
West Palm Beach Gulfstream Goodwill Industries, Inc.  / New Avenues 2 SHP $410,548
Total $6,784,904


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