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HUD Announces $5B to Help Homeless; Fla. to Get $254M

Of the Fla. cities and counties allocated funds for fighting homelessness, Miami-Dade County tops the list with $17.6M, followed by Broward with $14M.

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that nearly $5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds will go toward affordable housing and services for people currently homeless or at risk of becoming so.

In Florida, 38 counties or cities will share about $254 million. The largest dollar amount goes to Miami-Dade County at $17,686,235. The smallest allocation goes to North Miami at $1,088,181. The supplemental funding is allocated through HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program to 651 grantees, including states, insular areas, and local governments.

“Homelessness in the United States was increasing even before COVID-19, and we know the pandemic has only made the crisis worse,” says Fudge. “With this strong funding, communities across the country will have the resources needed to give homes to the people who have had to endure the COVID-19 pandemic without one.”

The $4.925 billion in HOME-ARP funding gives states flexibility to meet the people’s needs, including through development of affordable housing, tenant-based rental assistance, supportive services, and acquisition and development of non-congregate shelter units. Funds must be spent by 2030.

Florida county-metro allocations for homelessness relief

  1. Clearwater – $1,637,567
  2. Daytona Beach – $1,405,829
  3. Ft Lauderdale – $2,589,019
  4. Gainesville – $1,968,639
  5. Hialeah FL $5,388,586
  6. Hollywood – $1,915,134
  7. Lakeland – $1,401,459
  8. Miami – $12,720,427
  9. Miami Beach – $2,245,387
  10. North Miami – $1,088,181
  11. Orlando – $4,787,204
  12. Pompano Beach – $1,639,319
  13. St Petersburg – $3,036,659
  14. Tallahassee – $3,412,463
  15. Tampa – $6,335,438
  16. West Palm Beach – $1,734,257
  17. Collier County – $2,729,078
  18. Jacksonville-Duval County – $12,060,074
  19. Hillsborough County – $10,374,531
  20. Lake County – $2,060,197
  21. Lee County – $3,802,106
  22. Manatee County – $2,362,768
  23. Miami-Dade County – $17,686,235
  24. Orange County – $10,554,916
  25. Palm Beach County – $8,768,012
  26. Polk County – $5,105,519
  27. Seminole County – $3,046,438
  28. Volusia County – $2,665,311
  29. Non Entitlement (outside county/metro) – $71,903,340
  30. Pinellas County – $4,794,571
  31. Brevard County – $4,524,586
  32. Sarasota City – $3,170,598
  33. Escambia County – $4,135,750
  34. Broward County – $13,987,207
  35. Marion County – $3,217,585
  36. St. Lucie County – $3,480,403
  37. Pasco County – $4,455,673
  38. Osceola County – $3,478,510

Florida total: $253,677,973

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