6 County Agencies Get Homeless Funding

March 1, 2011

The Department of Children and Families has announced the award of $382,000 in homeless grant funding to six agencies in St. Johns County to provide emergency housing for individuals who are homeless.

The agencies receiving assistance in St. Johns County are:

* Alpha-Omega Miracle Home ($80,000) — A 28-bed shelter in St. Augustine to serve homeless women and children.

* Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County $65,000) — A 64-bed shelter and transitional housing facility in St. Augustine.

* Hogan’s Harvest ($29,866) — Support the homeless shelter with nine beds in St. Augustine.

* New Start ($72,200) — Support the transitional housing facility in St. Augustine to serve the homeless.

* Safety Shelter of St. Johns County ($75,840) — Supports Betty Griffin House, a 62-bed domestic violence shelter serving St. Johns County.

* St. Augustine Society ($59,150) — St. Francis House shelter in St. Augustine with 29 beds for the general homeless population.

One award was made to an organization in Putnam County:

* Lee Conlee House ($23,484) — A 26-bed domestic violence shelter serving Putnam County.

Awards for the last round of homeless grant funding for 2010 totaled $1,979,844 million to local homelessness agencies in Florida.

“The award of these grant dollars to local homeless shelter providers will help to ensure safe housing is available to the men, women and children who are without a place of their own to live,” said Tom Pierce, Director of DCF’s Office on Homelessness.

The Department is assisting 34 local agencies, which operate emergency or temporary housing facilities to serve those who have become homeless. Together, these 34 shelter facilities provide 1,465 beds to accommodate the homeless in 19 Florida counties.

These shelters serve a wide range of population groups, from victims of domestic violence, single women with children, unaccompanied youth, families, those with mental health or substance abuse issues, to adult men and women.

The Emergency Shelter Grant awards are used to cover operating costs of the emergency housing, as well as to provide essential supportive services to the people living in the shelter.

The grant can also be used to make needed repairs and renovations to the housing facility to ensure that it is safe and secure.

Source: http://staugustine.com/news/local-news/2011-02-28/6-county-agencies-get-homeless-funding