Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Rick Scott Slashes $2m in Homeless Assistance

Ripples of outrage have been spreading all week since the approval of the latest Florida state budget. Mixed into the piles of public services gutted from next years budget were millions allocated to government sponsored local homelessness initiatives.

Here in Fort Lauderdale, $800,000 ii funding for the Rapid Re-Housing program was vetoed. Much like the infamous budget cuts that killed the Sunrail, Rick Scott's veto pen is actually stopping the flow of federal dollars, in this case from HUD, from helping the general public and the very needy statewide. 

Rapid Re-Housing has been the City of Fort Lauderdale's lynchpin plan for reducing homelessness in downtown; throughout the last several years of controversy around Fort Lauderdale's homeless policies, City officials have always pointed to Housing First & Rapid Re-Housing as proof of the good intent. At this time it is unclear if and how the City will be able to keep the program funded for the next year. 

As this blog is getting fairly tired of reporting, this budget cut is part of ongoing hot streak of homeless service cuts effecting downtown Ft Lauderdale, including but limited to, the sharing ban, the closure of the Homeless Voice, and the shutdown of homeless outreach services at "The Tree."

Here's a full list of homeless services cut by Rick Scott this week, some of which has already been stirring up controversy:

Citrus Health Network for the Safe Haven for Homeless Youth Program - $100,00
Miami-Dade Homeless Trust - $189,794
Eckerd and Brevard C.A.R.E.S (homelessness intervention and prevention services) $500,000
Jacksonville SOAR Outreach Program (chronically homeless persons) $97,000
Metropolitan Ministries-Pasco Transitional Housing $1,000,000
City of Ft. Lauderdale Rapid Rehousing Project $800,000
Clearwater Homeless Emergency Project  $400,000

3 comments:

  1. Well I was just out on Commercial and Rock Island Road this weekend the Homeless Voice people were out in force selling that scumbags newspaper, so it does not appear to be "out of business" Perhaps the cheapest way to house these people is to rent a bus, gather them up and take them up to the new Homeless Hotel complex the Homeless Voice owner is running. He made millions off taxpayers when he sold his property in hollywood so let him pay the bill and take care of his people.

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  2. Well I was just out on Commercial and Rock Island Road this weekend the Homeless Voice people were out in force selling that scumbags newspaper, so it does not appear to be "out of business" Perhaps the cheapest way to house these people is to rent a bus, gather them up and take them up to the new Homeless Hotel complex the Homeless Voice owner is running. He made millions off taxpayers when he sold his property in hollywood so let him pay the bill and take care of his people.

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