2013 Homelessness Prevention Grant Awards

Fifteen Homeless Continuum of Care lead agencies have been awarded the first Homeless Prevention Grants to help families with children who are behind on rent, mortgage or utility payments.

Following are the lead agencies who received the grant funding:

  • Big Bend Homeless Coalition
  • Broward Homeless Initiative Partnership
  • Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of Jacksonville
  • Emergency Services & Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County
  • EscaRosa Coalition for the Homeless
  • Homeless & Hunger Coalition of NW Florida
  • Homeless Services Network of Central Florida
  • Lee County Human Services
  • Marion County Homeless Council
  • Miami-Dade Homeless Trust
  • Mid-Florida Homeless Coalition
  • Okaloosa Walton Continuum of Care
  • Palm Beach County Human Services
  • Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness
  • United Way of Suwannee Valley

The Homelessness Prevention Grant program provides emergency financial assistance to families with children facing the loss of their housing due to a financial or other crisis. The Office on Homelessness is authorized to provide these grants annually to the lead agencies for the 28 local homeless assistance continuum of care planning areas in the state. Only those agencies can apply, using the application provided above. The intent of the program is to provide case management and financial assistance for overdue rent or mortgage payments and overdue utility bills to enable the family to remain stably housed after receiving the assistance.

Who is Eligible for Assistance?

Families applying for assistance must have at least one child under age 18. If there is a child who is 18, but not yet 19, the child must be attending secondary school, trade school, or other career training program full-time. Families must live in Florida full-time and have at least one member who is a United States citizen or lawful permanent resident. The household income must be less than 200% of the federal poverty level as annually published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Income Eligibility Requirements

Family size Monthly
Household Income
Family Size Monthly
Household Income
1 Not eligible 6 $5,328 or less
2 $2,622 or less 7 $6,005 or less
3 $3,298 or less 8 $6,682 or less
4 $3,975 or less

For each additional family member add $677.
(based on 2014 Federal Poverty Guidelines)

For More Information

Mary Anne Hoffman
Office on Homelessness
Phone: 850-717-4062
Email: maryanne_hoffman@dcf.state.fl.us