Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Homeless & Crisis Assistance

Diaz-Balart Recognized by Homeless Trust with Change Maker Award

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, was today recognized with the Change Maker Award by the Homeless Trust. Diaz-Balart, who has served in this role since 2014, has worked with his colleagues to provide additional opportunities for Broward, Collier, Hendry, and Miami-Dade Counties to compete for federal grants. Diaz-Balart has prioritized housing programs that serve the most vulnerable in our community, including homeless and voucher programs.

Landlords Invited to Recruitment Initiative Breakfast Meeting

County Commissioners and the Broward Homeless Continuum of Care invite landlords to a free breakfast meeting, Wednesday, October 19th, from 8:30-11AM at the Fort Lauderdale Woman's Club, 20 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, to learn about the County's plans to address homelessness and how landlords can play a strong role

Record-breaking Hearts of Gold event raises over $300,000 for the Coalition

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s Hearts of Gold concert presented by Reed Nissan raised over $300,000, topping even last year’s record-breaking event. Hundreds of Central Florida’s elite business and philanthropic leaders gathered at Hard Rock Live to eat, drink, and celebrate the transformative power of music in support of the homeless men, women, and children in our community.

Broward County Receives Grant of More than $8 Million to Assist Area’s Homeless Population

In support of goals and objectives in the County's "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership has been awarded grants of more than $8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2015 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition

Diaz-Balart Introduces FY17 THUD Appropriations Bill, Includes Relief for Miami-Dade Homeless Programs

Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee of the House Committee on Appropriations, released the following statement after introducing the draft fiscal year 2017 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill. The legislation will be considered in subcommittee tomorrow

Congressional Homelessness Caucus Holds Briefing on the State of Homelessness in America

On Thursday, April 28th, the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, Co-Chaired by Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), hosted a briefing on the state of homelessness in the America. The Caucus was joined by representatives of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, which earlier this month released its annual report, the State of Homelessness in America

County Receives Grant of More than $6.8 Million to Assist Homeless

In support of goals and objectives in the County's "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) has been awarded a grant of more than $6.8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2015 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The award funds 17 renewal projects and a new Continuum of Care (CoC) planning grant. This brings the County's 2015 HUD CoC grant awards total to $8.5 million which is distributed through the CoC and directly managed by the County and community providers

Florida Woman Recruiting Homeless to Pose as Patients Must Forfeit More Than $170,000 Related...

Attorney General Pam Bondi's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit today announced more than $170,000 in fraudulent taxpayer dollars reclaimed from multiple bank accounts owned by Christina Benson, owner of Tranquility Health Care Solutions in Orlando. Benson used Tranquility to recruit homeless men and women to pose as patients and billed Medicaid for services not provided and not warranted. Additionally, Benson allegedly used untrained personnel, some with criminal arrest records, in her scheme.

Reps. Hastings and Johnson Lead Effort to Prioritize Family Homelessness Response and Expand Services

Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) called on congressional appropriators to prioritize family homelessness and services for homeless individuals in Fiscal Year 2017. In submitting a formal letter to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies, Hastings and Johnson urged the committee to make it easier for local communities to prioritize their own needs in responding to homeless populations, and expand access to effective services for homeless individuals (Please find attached a copy of the letter.)

Morgan family visits Coalition to celebrate $100,000 raised for homeless vets

Turning to the veterans in attendance, he then said, “We appreciate, most importantly, the veterans and their service to our country. There is no greater tragedy than to have one serve their country and then come back to the country they protected only to find that they don’t have a home and they’ve fallen on hard times. The Coalition does great work here in the community to rehabilitate veterans and to acclimate them back into the community.”

Hastings Hosts Congressional Briefing on Women and Trauma Informed Care for the Homeless

Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, hosted a briefing with Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), and the National Coalition of the Homeless. The briefing addressed the importance of providing unhoused families with support to address trauma and how trauma-informed care can be an effective model in helping families heal, while combating homelessness. Hastings made the following statement at the briefing

Homeless Population Declines by 5% in Broward County

This year's Broward County Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, conducted over a three-day period on January 26-28, 2015 shows that the total number of sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness in Broward County has decreased by 5.1%, from 2,766 to 2,624. The number of unsheltered persons also decreased by 5.7% from 879 to 829. Both figures are comparisons to the same count done in January 2014

Congresswoman Johnson Hosts the Dallas LIFE Foundation in Washington

Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-FL), founding co-chairs of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus hosted a briefing titled “Successful Community Models in Housing and Homeless Shelters.”

Hearts of Gold Raises a Record-Shattering $275,000 for the Coalition

Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida’s Hearts of Gold concert presented by Reed Nissan raised over $275,000 on Saturday, May 2, shattering all fundraising records in the event’s 22-year history. More than 650 of Central Florida’s top business and philanthropic leaders gathered at Hard Rock Live to eat, drink, and celebrate the healing power of music in support of the homeless men, women, and children in our community

Graham Announces VA Expansion of Choice Program At Veterans Stand Down Event

Representative Gwen Graham spoke at the North Florida Homeless Veterans Stand Down event today, and announced the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding eligibility for the Veterans Choice Program, effective immediately.

Hastings Introduces Resolution Recognizing America’s Homeless Veterans

“On any given night, nearly 50,000 veterans sleep in homeless shelters or on the streets. Furthermore, approximately 260,000 veterans use homeless shelters or other services during the course of a year. These courageous men and women have stood up in defense of our freedom, and we owe them more than our gratitude – we owe them our firm commitment to ensure that they receive the care and benefits they earned through their service.

Four Arrested in Medicaid Fraud Scheme that Exploited the Homeless

Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit announced the arrests of four individuals for allegedly recruiting the homeless to bilk Medicaid out of at least $215,000. According to the investigation, Christina Benson, owner of Tranquility Healthcare Solutions in Orlando, billed Medicaid for services for homeless men and women who were recruited by her associates to pose as patients.

Hastings Introduces Legislation Addressing Chronic Homelessness Nationwide

Today, Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of the Congressional Homelessness Caucus, introduced the Services for Ending Long-Term Homelessness Act. This bill would establish a grant program to provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals and families whose needs are not addressed by traditional affordable housing. (Please find the attached copy of the bill)

Rep. Grayson Announces Federal Grants for Organization Aiding Homeless Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 14, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Congressman Alan Grayson (FL-09) announced today that St. Cloud’s Transition House, Inc. has received two federal grants from The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Transition House’s grants, which total $48,784, will help the community organization provide greater services for homeless veterans in Central Florida. The grants are a part of a national VA program to provide supportive housing and associated services to help homeless veterans achieve residential stability

Congresswoman Corrine Brown Pleased that Homeless will be housed in empty California State Veterans...

Washington, DC - August 28, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- “As a senior member of the Veterans Affairs Committee, in my over 20 years of service on the Committee, I have continually worked to increase access to VA benefits for all veterans. When I visited the state veterans home in Los Angeles early last year, I was dismayed that facilities built with federal funds were standing vacant due to budget concerns. I am pleased that veterans facing homelessness will now be able to take advantage of empty housing in federally built state veterans homes in West Los Angeles.

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