DCF Announces More Than $2 Million in Grants to Local Homeless Shelters

By: DCF Press Release
By: DCF Press Release

Tallahassee, FL -- May 16, 2012 --

Department of Children and Families Secretary David Wilkins
announced today more than $2 million in grants that will benefit community homeless shelters throughout the state.

Secretary Wilkins approved the award of $2.1 million in federal Emergency Shelter Grant funding that will go to 25 homeless shelters. The award money comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“We are pleased to be able to help individuals and families who desperately need assistance and the shelters that provide them a place to stay until they can get back on their feet,” said Secretary Wilkins. “These funds will be going to rural communities with an emphasis on helping families move on to permanent housing.”

The awards were made through a competitive bidding process. The top-rated applicants were rated on the following criteria:

· Shelter serves counties that are not receiving this federal grant
directly from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

· The county is designated a rural county by the federal government.

· The county lacks other emergency shelter facilities.

· The shelter has policies and shelter housing space designed to
serve families with children so that family members are able to
stay together.

· The shelter will create additional bed capacity to serve the homeless.

· The performance of the shelter in assisting residents to move into
permanent housing.

· Shelter is an ACCESS community partner.

· The level of unmet need for shelter beds in the homeless planning
area.

The 25 recipients will use the funding to operate 42 emergency shelter sites, including 602 emergency beds and 436 transitional beds. This will serve 5,639 individuals by June 30, 2012. The grant funding can be used to support the daily operations of the shelter, including meals and assistance to the homeless, or for repairs and renovations of the facility to ensure it is safe for its residents.

2011 Emergency Shelter Grant
Shelter Facilities Recipients

Recipient: Vivid Visions
Award: $95,500
Contact: Kathy White, (386) 364-5957
Program: A 15 bed domestic violence center serving Suwanee County will be renovated to be able to better serve 100 women and children.

Recipient: Refuge at Jumper Creek
Award: $100,000
Contact: Victoria Genz, (352) 422-0698
Program: One emergency shelter with 4 beds and 8 beds in a transitional housing facility in Bushnell will use the grant for operating costs and case management. A total of 75 persons from Sumter and Citrus counties will be served. The clients will primarily be families with children.

Recipient: Another Way
Award: $100,000
Contact: Steve Harris, (386) 719-2700
Program: The grant will fund operating costs and essential services for the 35 bed domestic violence shelter and transitional housing facilities. The provider expects to serve 470 persons at the facility in Lake City serving Columbia County.

Recipient: Lee Conlee House
Award: $66,240
Contact: Cara Swift, (386) 325-4447
Program: Lee Conlee House will use the grant to continue the operation of a 16 bed emergency shelter, and a 10 bed transitional housing facility. A total of 160 women and children who are victims of domestic violence from Putnam County will be served at the center in Palatka.

Recipient: Charlotte County Homeless Coalition
Award: $100,000
Contact: Angela Hogan, (941) 627-4313
Program: The 52 emergency shelter in Port Charlotte will use the grant for operating costs, support services and renovations. The shelter will serve a total of 550 homeless persons from Charlotte County. Single men, single women, and families with children shall be served

Recipient: Samuel’s House
Award: $100,000
Contact: Elmira Leto, (305) 296-0240
Program: The grant will support the operation and services at the 46 bed emergency shelter for women and children in Key West. A total of 200 homeless persons will be served from Monroe County. In addition, 4 new beds will be available to serve families headed by an adult male through the use of motel vouchers.

Recipient: Florida Keys Outreach Coalition
Award: $100,000
Contact: Rev. Stephen Braddock, (305) 293-8189
Program: The grant will fund minor renovations, and operating costs for a 20 bed emergency shelter for homeless men, and a 102 bed transitional facility serving men, women, and families with children. A total of 275 homeless persons will be served by the facilities in Key West, serving Monroe County.

Recipient: New Beginnings of Lake County
Award: $100,000
Contact: Steve Smith, ( 407) 595-0179
Program: The 31 bed transitional housing facilities in Clermont will serve an estimated 40 homeless persons from Lake County, as well as from Sumter, Hernando and Citrus counties. The housing serves single men, women with children, and families.

Recipient: Refuge House
Award: $75,000
Contact: Meg Baldwin, (850) 922-6062
Program: The domestic violence shelter in Taylor County will be renovated to add 6 more beds, and the grant will help cover operating costs of the 21 bed facility. A total of 100 women and children who are victims of domestic violence in Taylor and Madison counties shall be served.

Recipient: Quigley House
Award: $56,391
Contact: Ilene Fisher, (904)284-0340
Program: The recipient will use the grant to cover operating costs, and supportive services for its 49 bed emergency shelter in Clay County. A total of 250 women and children who are victims of domestic violence will be served.

Recipient: Okaloosa Walton Homeless Continuum of Care/Opportunity, Inc.
Award: $100,000
Contact: Lenore Wilson,( 850) 409-3070
Program: The 40 bed emergency shelter in Fort Walton Beach serves homeless families and single women. The funding will cover operations and services to 200 homeless persons from Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Recipient: Sanctuary Mission
Award: $100,000
Contact: Victoria Genz, (352) 422-0698
Program: The recipient will use the award for case management and operational expenses for its 4 bed emergency shelter, and 9 bed transitional housing facility. The facilities in Homosassa will serve 75 homeless men, and women with children from Citrus County.

Recipient: Family Life Center
Award: $100,000
Contact: Trish Giaccone, (386) 437-7610
Program: The 32 bed emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence in Flagler County will use the grant for operating expenses. The grant will also cover utility costs for clients in their 25 transitional housing. The recipient expects to serve a total of 300 persons.

Recipient: Genesis House
Award: $100,000
Contact: Vonnie Marian, (321) 951-9798
Program: The recipient will use the award to renovate and operate three transitional housing facilities in Melbourne. With a total of 45 beds, the recipient expects to serve 185 women and children from Brevard County.

Recipient: South Brevard Women’s Center
Award: $100,000
Contact: Jenny Gessler, (321) 242-3110
Program: The recipient will use the grant for operating expenses for its two transitional housing sites, and its emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence. The three facilities serve Brevard County, with a combined total of 58 beds, of which 50 are transitional. A total of 72 persons shall be served.

Recipient: Arbor House/Catholic Charities Bureau Gainesville
Award: $26,350
Contact: Karen Slevin, (352) 372-0294
Program: The grant will support the operation of a 16 bed transitional housing and a 4 bed emergency shelter to serve homeless pregnant women, as well as homeless women with children. The facilities in Gainesville will serve 25 clients from Alachua County.

Recipient: Jericho Road Ministries
Award: $91,750
Contact: Rev. Bruce Gimbel, (352) 799-2912
Program: Jericho Road will support five facilities providing emergency shelter and transitional housing with a total bed capacity of 42, of which 23 are shelter beds. There are four sites in Brooksville, and one in Spring Hill. At total of 600 men and women are expected to be served in Hernando County.

Recipient: Domestic Abuse Shelter
Award: $96,325
Contact: Venita Valdez,(305) 743-5452
Program: Renovations, operating costs and supportive services will be covered by the grant for this emergency shelter serving victims of domestic violence. A total of 20 beds are assisted for the centers in the Middle and Lower Keys of Monroe County. An estimated 225 homeless persons will be served.

Recipient: Micah’s Place
Award: $100,000
Contact: Shandra Riffey, (904) 491-6364
Program: The 20 bed emergency shelter for survivors of domestic violence will use the award for operating expenses. The shelter will serve 200 women and children in Nassau County.

Recipient: St. Francis House, Gainesville
Award: $100,000
Contact: Kent Vann (352) 378-9079
Program: The recipient will use the grant to fund operating expenses and case management at the 115 bed emergency shelter and the 16 bed transitional housing in Gainesville. A total of 890 persons from Alachua County are expected to be served with temporary housing.

Recipient: Citrus County Abuse Shelter
Award: $79,500
Contact: Diane Finnegan, (352) 344-8111
Program: The 32 bed emergency shelter for women and children who are victims of domestic violence serves Citrus County. A total of 200 persons will be sheltered by the grant assistance for operating costs.

Recipient: Peaceful Paths
Award: $100,000
Contact: Theresa Harrison, (352) 377-5690
Program: The recipient will renovate the 30 bed emergency shelter and the 7 bed transitional housing facilities, aw well as cover shelter operating expenses. A total of 250 homeless women and children who are victims of domestic violence will be served by the facilities in Gainesville. Services are targeted to Alachua, Bradford and Union Counties.

Recipient: Emergency Services and Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County
Award: $100,000
Contact: Debi Redding, (904) 824-6623
Program: This 64 bed transitional housing facility in St. Augustine will use the grant for operating expenses and supportive services. An estimated 110 persons will be housed from St. Johns County.

Recipient: Alpha-Omega Miracle House
Award: $9,333
Contact: Lisa Franklin, (904) 823-8588
Program: The 34 bed transitional housing facility serves women and children in St. Augustine. The recipient expects to house 75 homeless clients from St. Johns County, with the grant assistance for operating expenses.

Recipient: Grace Ministry of Florida
Award: $9,333
Contact: Kevin Craven, (352) 463-8617
Program: This new 6 bed shelter in Bell will serve 12 homeless men from Gilchrist County. The grant will cover operating expenses.


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