Last week, the Big Bend Homeless Coalition was awarded $732,873 in federal funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development. These grants provide continued funding for existing programs in the community, including permanent housing for individuals who are chronically homeless and disabled, and the Homeless Management Information System that provides information about homelessness and services in our community.
The federal award follows last month’s announcement that the State Department of Children and Families had awarded the Big Bend Homeless Coalition $63,397 to offer information and referral for homeless programs, employment services at ECHO, an after school program coordinated by Good News, and medication and transportation assistance.
“We are pleased to have brought into our community almost $800,000 in economic resources to help address homelessness. These federal and state resources supplement the significant commitment of local government and local donations,” said Susan Pourciau, Executive Director of the Big Bend Homeless Coalition. “This also represents an influx of $800,000 into our local economy, which helps the entire community.”
The Big Bend Homeless Coalition is the lead agency for homelessness services and housing in the Big Bend. The mission of the Homeless Coalition is to end homelessness in the Big Bend through leadership, education, advocacy, and the provision of quality services. The Big Bend Homeless Coalition is supported by the United Way of the Big Bend, the City of Tallahassee, Leon County, the State of Florida Department of Children and Families, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, and private donations. The Homeless Coalition provides emergency services, transitional housing, and permanent housing to empower people to move out of homelessness and into stable housing.
“To effectively address the growing issue of homelessness in our community we must draw upon every resource available to find long-lasting and efficient solutions,” Pourciau stated. “This is a matter of quality of life for our community and we must be equipped to meet the challenge head on.”