Fla. Gets $70 Million In Grants To Help Homeless

MIAMI (AP) — Florida is getting more than $70 million in federal grants to help the homeless.

The federal government asked local communities to compete for dollars to support homeless projects that offer services including transitional and permanent housing, street outreach, job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and childcare.

Miami-Dade County received the largest grant in the state. Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust received more than $30 million. Their program serves more than 4,000 individuals.

The organization received an additional $198,000 to help families on the brink of becoming homeless. Advocates say prevention services have been in especially high demand. In 2013, the homeless helpline received 16,988 for prevention assistance.

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