Sen. Latvala and Rep. Peters filed legislation to provide for a dedicated source of state funding for homeless programs throughout Florida. SB 1090 and HB 979 directs the Department of Children and Families (DCF) Office on Homelessness to provide annual homeless challenge grants to lead homeless agencies. Award levels are to be based on the total population within a homeless continuum of care planning area, as well as the varying degrees of homelessness within the region. To qualify for a challenge grant, a continuum of care plan must establish a coordinated assessment or central intake system for assessment and referral, as well as provide matching funds from local or private funds. The bills do not rely on new revenues to fund the challenge grants, as funding will be directed from the Local Government Housing Trust Fund to DCF annually. The Department of Economic Opportunity will also receive a portion of the funds to provide training and technical assistance to lead agencies. FAC strongly supports the efforts of both sponsors and looks forward to working on these bills over the next several weeks.
On Thursday FAC joined Sen. Latvala, Rep. Peters and the League of Cities at a press conference announcing the legislation, you can read our statement here.
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