Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is awarded $32M in federal grants ensuring area homeless continue receiving critical care and support
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust more than $32 million dollars in grants to continue providing housing and services through its “Continuum of Care” which provides more than 6,200 year-round beds to serve homeless individuals and families each year. The federal department announced its “HUD Continuum of Care Program” awards this month, which includes more than $1.8 billion dollars nationwide, including $84 million dollars in Florida, to ensure local projects remain operating in the coming year. A portion of the newly announced award will fund the $640,000 “Priority One” project which is intended to serve chronically homeless individuals and families utilizing a Housing First approach which focuses on providing people experiencing homelessness with housing as quickly as possible. In addition, the Trust is receiving $250,000 in planning funds to enhance its system of coordination and planning processes.
“The fact that US-HUD chooses to invest such a large portion of its funding to support our efforts here in Miami-Dade is a real testament to the confidence that they have placed in our Continuum of Care. While there is still much work to be done, we are committed to using those dollars wisely to promote housing and service projects with proven outcomes,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Trust.
The Miami-Dade County grant allocation totaling $32,258,225 million is the largest grant award in Florida. The funding dollars will be distributed to more than 90 projects and programs in Miami-Dade that provide street outreach, housing assistance, employment and vocational training, outpatient healthcare services, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and more.
About The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust: Founded in 1993, The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.