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Miami-Dade Homeless Trust receives $30M grant to help the poor

Erick Johnson | 5/1/2014, 9 a.m.

Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust recently received a $30 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The funds will help them to fund The Trust’s “Continuum of Care” (CoC) program, which supports more than 4,000 homeless people.  

The grant will also allow critical homeless projects to continue operating in Miami-Dade County. The programs include transitional and permanent housing and support services to the homeless such as: street outreach, client assessment, direct housing assistance, job training, healthcare, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare.

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Ronald L. Book

“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.”

Overall, Florida received $73 million in funds to help homeless programs throughout the state.

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.