Pair Of Florida Republicans File Bill To Help Homeless

Feb 20, 2014

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) announces a bill that would offer more funds to agencies that battle homelessness
Credit Blaise Gainey / WFSU

Homelessness eradication efforts would get more money under terms of a bill spearheaded by a pair of legislative Republicans.

Sen. Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) and Rep. Kathleen Peters’ (R-South Pasadena) bills would offer annual challenge grants to agencies.

Latvala says the measure reestablishes funding the agencies once had access to.

“We start set about developing a bill to try to put more resources in the homeless arena, and were doing that by attempting to increase the challenge grants which used to be funded in the budget,” Latvala says.

Agencies can use the grant money to pay for housing or other services they provide. The bill also allocates money for training programs aimed at developing and renovating homeless shelters. Service agencies would also be exempt from releasing information about those they serve.