Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust celebrates nearly $30 million dollars in federal funding; largest grant in the state
New funding supports more than 8,000 homeless individuals; newly-awarded projects add 111 new permanent housing properties
Holiday celebrations began early in Miami-Dade County, as the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust learned it was awarded $29,898,527 in funding by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (USHUD) for Fiscal-Year 2016. The award will maintain, and more importantly, expand housing and services for homeless individuals and families.
All 71 renewal projects were funded, as well as three (3) new projects totaling more than $1.5 million which will provide Permanent Supportive Housing for 111 chronically homeless individuals and/or families (see details below). Included in the total award is an $870,831.00 planning grant which will be used to offset the costs of administering and monitoring the federal grant portfolio.
“This is a community victory,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “And it couldn’t have been done without the trust and confidence coming from both Washington, DC and our local community leadership. Special thanks go out to US Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, and his staff, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, and the Board of County Commissioners for their tireless advocacy and support.”
Today’s award is part of US-HUD’s NOFA process or Notice of Funding Availability that is required by communities across the U.S. to compete for dollars to support local projects that meet the needs of individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
“This is the holiday message we were waiting for,” continued Chairman Book. “This year’s award is indicative of a highly-competitive application developed by the Homeless Trust staff and points to the fact that we are moving in a positive direction, with an emphasis on creating Permanent Supportive Housing for the chronically homeless.”
The Homeless Trust scored above the national average in the annual grant competition, retaining all renewal projects which include programs providing Permanent Supportive Housing, Rapid Rehousing, Safe Haven, Transitional Housing for Youth and Street Outreach. US-HUD requires homeless Continuums of Care (CoC), like The Homeless Trust, to score and rank projects in two tiers. Tier 1 projects are guaranteed funding from U.S. HUD. Tier 2 projects are forced to compete with other CoCs throughout the nation.
Miami-Dade County leads Florida with the largest grant award.
The 2016 U.S. award announcement follows a difficult year. In 2015, a number of Transitional Housing and Support Services Only homeless programs were not renewed. One-year continuation funding, not to exceed $4.6 million, is in place as providers look to evolve their models, secure other funding sources or wind down programming.
The three (3) new projects include:
Under development by Carrfour Supportive Housing, Karis Village will provide Permanent Supportive Housing for 44 chronically homeless individuals and/or families, with a preference for Veterans. The project is located at the intersection of SW 119th Avenue and SW 216th Street in Goulds. The project is being developed through Florida Housing Finance Corporation Tax Credits.
Under development by Carrfour Supportive Housing, Liberty Village will provide Permanent Supportive Housing for 42 chronically homeless individuals and/or families, with a preference for Veterans. The project is located at 1620 NW 54th Street and 5329 NW 17th Avenue. The project is being developed through a combination of Florida Housing Finance Corporation Tax Credits, State Wide Assistance Infrastructure Loan (SAIL) Program funds, an Extremely Low Income Gap Loan, as well as federal HOME funds awarded by Miami-Dade County.
Project Dade Cares
Through provider Camillus House, Project Dade Cares will provide 25 units of scattered site Permanent Supportive Housing for 25 chronically homeless individuals identified through the Lazarus Project, a specialized outreach team targeting hard to serve homeless individuals.
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.