The Challenge Grant program is authorized by section 420.622(4), Florida Statutes, to provide grant funding to lead agencies for homeless assistance Continuums of Care (CoC). The Challenge Grants must be used to assist the local homeless CoC lead agencies and local providers to implement a written plan for addressing the needs of the homeless populations. The lead agencies may allocate the grant funds to programs, services, or housing providers that support the implementation of the local CoC plan. The overall goal of the Challenge Grant is to partner with local agencies to reduce homelessness in Florida.
For fiscal year 2016-2017, the Department received $5,000,000 in Challenge Grant funding available for allocation to lead agencies for the CoC planning areas. The maximum grant award a lead agency may receive is $300,000 for fiscal year 2016-2017.
Office on Homelessness
Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Blvd.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700