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Anyone in florida familiar with this program? Does it work yet if so =
hmm? Can it be instituted elsewhere?

Kat



New funding will help the homeless make the move to independence=20

By SHANA GRUSKIN      =20
Web-posted: 12:03 a.m. Apr. 30, 2000


   Rachel Wardley is baby steps from independence.
   After living for eight months with her two children in Broward =
Outreach Center's homeless shelter, she's prepping to move out. She's =
got a good data entry job, her eye on a sweet three-bedroom for $740 a =
month, $1,000 in the bank and a renewed hunger for life.
   Now she has got to jump one last hurdle: Save enough money for the =
rental truck, the security deposit, the utility down payments and any =
other unexpected costs.
   "A lot of what I'm saving now is kind of gone by the time you get to =
the point of moving," said Wardley, 38.
   That's the crux of the problem. Homeless assistance programs help =
families find work, day care, even temporary housing. But they often =
have trouble helping families afford the move into their own place. And =
when one family can't move out of a shelter or transitional housing =
apartment, another family can't move in.
   But now an injection of $4.7 million in federal welfare funds, =
filtered through The Florida Coalition for the Homeless, supports new =
housing-related assistance programs in 59 of the state's 67 counties.
   Palm Beach County families are getting about $221,000 of that. Those =
in Broward County are getting more than $295,000. The coalition has a =
three-year contract with the state to dispense the money, said the =
coalition's Camilla Worrell. They intend to try to make it an annual =
program.=20
    "There's a serious housing shortage in Florida," Worrell said. "In =
addition to that, one of the barriers to families trying to move from =
homelessness to housing is there's a lot of money they have to put =
upfront. For your average family =85 it's really hard for them to save.
   "The difference in this program, it can provide the money so they =
don't have to worry about saving, they just have to worry about meeting =
their monthly expenses."
   While helping individual families, the program also should reduce =
some of the pressure on the state's always-packed shelter and housing =
system.
   The program already has started in Palm Beach County, with =
Adopt-A-Family providing the administrative and case management =
services. In all, organizers expect about 140 families to be helped, =
said Wendy Tippett, assistant executive director.=20
   In Broward, the county's human services department will run the =
program. Director Angelo Castillo said he expects to serve about 300 =
families.
   On average, a family -- which must either include a pregnant woman or =
minor child -- will receive about $1,000 for housing-related costs and =
another $225 to pay for things like emergency day care or work uniforms.
   "Oh my God, that would be like, you wouldn't believe," Wardley said =
after learning about the program.
   The concept also thrilled Christine Thrower, executive director of =
Women in Distress, Broward's domestic abuse shelter and services =
provider. Her clients typically lack the money they need to move beyond =
the social services system.
   "The financial hardship of starting all over again is the biggest =
detriment to getting out of transitional housing and into a permanent =
home," Thrower said. "This sounds like it would be a wonderful cushion =
for that step."
   Shana Gruskin can be reached at sgruskin@sun-sentinel.com or =
561-243-5637.
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Anyone in florida familiar with this program? Does it work yet = if so hmm?=20 Can it be instituted elsewhere?
 
Kat
 
 
 
New funding will help the = homeless=20 make the move to independence

By SHANA=20 GRUSKIN      
Web-posted: = 12:03 a.m. Apr.=20 30, 2000


  =20 Rachel Wardley is baby steps from independence.
   After = living for=20 eight months with her two children in Broward Outreach Center's homeless = shelter, she's prepping to move out. She's got a good data entry job, = her eye on=20 a sweet three-bedroom for $740 a month, $1,000 in the bank and a renewed = hunger=20 for life.
   Now she has got to jump one last hurdle: Save = enough=20 money for the rental truck, the security deposit, the utility down = payments and=20 any other unexpected costs.
   "A lot of what I'm = saving now=20 is kind of gone by the time you get to the point of moving," said = Wardley,=20 38.
   That's the crux of the problem. Homeless assistance = programs=20 help families find work, day care, even temporary housing. But they = often have=20 trouble helping families afford the move into their own place. And when = one=20 family can't move out of a shelter or transitional housing apartment, = another=20 family can't move in.
   But now an injection of $4.7 = million in=20 federal welfare funds, filtered through The Florida Coalition for the = Homeless,=20 supports new housing-related assistance programs in 59 of the state's 67 = counties.
   Palm Beach County families are getting about = $221,000=20 of that. Those in Broward County are getting more than $295,000. The = coalition=20 has a three-year contract with the state to dispense the money, said the = coalition's Camilla Worrell. They intend to try to make it an annual = program.=20
    "There's a serious housing shortage in=20 Florida," Worrell said. "In addition to that, one of the = barriers to=20 families trying to move from homelessness to housing is there's a lot of = money=20 they have to put upfront. For your average family … it's really = hard for=20 them to save.
   "The difference in this program, it = can=20 provide the money so they don't have to worry about saving, they just = have to=20 worry about meeting their monthly expenses."
   While = helping=20 individual families, the program also should reduce some of the pressure = on the=20 state's always-packed shelter and housing system.
   The = program=20 already has started in Palm Beach County, with Adopt-A-Family providing = the=20 administrative and case management services. In all, organizers expect = about 140=20 families to be helped, said Wendy Tippett, assistant executive director. =
   In Broward, the county's human services department will = run the=20 program. Director Angelo Castillo said he expects to serve about 300=20 families.
   On average, a family -- which must either = include a=20 pregnant woman or minor child -- will receive about $1,000 for = housing-related=20 costs and another $225 to pay for things like emergency day care or work = uniforms.
   "Oh my God, that would be like, you = wouldn't=20 believe," Wardley said after learning about the = program.
  =20 The concept also thrilled Christine Thrower, executive director of Women = in=20 Distress, Broward's domestic abuse shelter and services provider. Her = clients=20 typically lack the money they need to move beyond the social services=20 system.
   "The financial hardship of starting all = over again=20 is the biggest detriment to getting out of transitional housing and into = a=20 permanent home," Thrower said. "This sounds like it would be a = wonderful cushion for that step."
   Shana Gruskin = can be=20 reached at sgruskin@sun-sentinel.com or 561-243-5637.
  =20

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