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HUD Awards Florida $84 Million To End Homelessness

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Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Florida $84.3 million to support homeless services and housing facilities across the state.

Nationwide, HUD gave $1.8 billion, making Florida the sixth-largest recipient, trailing New York and California.

The funds will go to support what’s called the continuum of care -- a group of coordinated services that a homeless person moves through as he or she goes from the streets or shelters into some sort of permanent housing and ultimately, self-sufficiency.

Miami was awarded almost $31.5 million, or 37 percent of the state’s HUD allocations.

Fort Lauderdale received the next-greatest amount at $8.7 million, then Orlando with $6.7 million. West Palm Beast received the sixth most allocation and Lauderdale Lakes got the 10 th. Lake Worth and Key West also received federal funds for their homeless initiatives.

Some of these amounts are more than several Midwestern states received.

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