Leon officials approve $6.2M in federal funds toward homeless services

Leon officials approve $6.2M in federal funds toward homeless services

At a joint workshop of the Leon County and Tallahassee City commissions on homelessness and affordable housing, commissioners approved $6.2 million in American Rescue Plan Act funding for related services. 

“This is a game changer, but it’s not the end,” Mayor John Dailey said. The meeting was held Tuesday morning at City Hall.

The money will be split among the Big Bend Continuum of Care (BBCoC), which serves an eight-county region, and the Community Human Services Partnership (CHSP). It’s intended to streamline homeless services, add beds and leverage local funding to make the region more competitive when seeking federal funding.

Tallahassee has seen a 29% decrease in overall homelessness and a 56% decrease in homeless youth since 2015, according to a collaborative report by the city, county and the BBCoC. The number of homeless veterans, however, has increased 13% and what’s called “chronic homelessness” increased by 3%.

The report recommended that with the $6.2 million in ARPA funding, the county and city commissions sign a contract with the BBCoC for $1.4 million for homelessness initiatives and to establish a new Homeless Services Category under the CHSP and allocate $3,075,000 for the 2023 and 2024 fiscal years.

CHSP is a bi-annual allocation split by the city and county that goes toward funding programs run by nonprofit organizations which provide community benefit. Organizations submit applications for consideration of funding. 

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