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For Immediate Release:
June 27, 2017
Media Contact:
Lisa Mozloom

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart's appropriations bill wins Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust $4.09 million

Emergency solution grants benefits Miami-Dade County homeless with rental assistance and wrap around services consistent with rapid rehousing programs

The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust will receive nearly $4.09 million dollars in new federal grant dollars thanks to the unwavering support and commitment from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations. The money will be used for Rapid Rehousing Programs consistent with the federal government’s directives to local continuums to end homelessness through housing.

"Congressman Diaz Balart has been involved with the HT since its earliest days including our fight to put into place a food and beverage tax that has set the Trust into motion for more than 23 years," said Ron Book, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Chairman of the Board. "Lots of leaders make promises, but Diaz-Balart followed through, even when he wasn’t sure he could maintain the effort that began last May with the filing of the bill. These resources will go a long way to help our continued fight to end homelessness right here in our community. This announcement recognizes our commitment to US-HUD’s priorities for ending homelessness."

Just over a year ago, Congressman Diaz-Balart began a lengthy legislative process to pass a $2.4 billion bill that included $40 million in a Supplemental Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). That funding was designated for distribution to communities, like Miami-Dade County, that lost significant funding within their continuum of care program. The funding will mitigate those lost dollars.

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust received approximately 10% of the total grant awards. Chairman Book is recommending to the Homeless Trust board that the $4.09 million be used for Rapid Rehousing rental assistance and wrap around services.

"This is a huge victory and we are deeply grateful to Congressman Diaz-Balart, his staff, and our entire congressional delegation," continued Chair Ron Book. "We are also reminded that just a few months ago, US-HUD Secretary Ben Carson visited Miami-Dade County’s continuum of care on his nationwide Listening Tour, giving the Trust and the provider network that makes up the Continuum of Care, the utmost consideration and encouragement in our fight to end homelessness. Thanks to Secretary Carson for his continued support, as well." The announcement follows one of Miami-Dade County’s lowest total Point-in-Time counts. The January 2017 census showed total homelessness is down 12%, with sheltered homeless down a record 17%.