TALLAHASSEE – Sen. Jack Latvala and Rep. Kathleen Peters recently filed Senate Bill 1090 and House Bill 979, respectively, to expand grant programs to Florida communities to help fund temporary and transitional housing and services for the homeless.
This bill will also provide training and technical support to qualified agencies serving Florida’s homeless.
“Florida has the third highest number of homeless people in the country, and the recent recession has drastically limited our ability to fund existing housing programs,” said Latvala. “Because the economy is recovering and we will have a surplus this next budget year, I decided to tackle this issue by working together with experts in Florida to develop this bill.”
Peters said, “This bill will assist local communities in providing our most vulnerable citizens with their basic needs of food and shelter as well as other program services.”
“Challenge Grants” may be used for housing or services for the homeless and will be awarded based on the degree of homelessness in a community and the ability of local government and private organizations to provide matching funds. The bill also directs a portion of State Housing Initiatives Partnership program funding to be used by the Department of Children and Families to distribute to homeless programs.