SOURCE: Orlando Weekly
Central Florida will soon receive more than $7.8 million in federal funding to help combat the affordable housing crisis and homelessness, U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto announced Monday.
According to a news release, more than $2 million of the funds will be provided to programs in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties that offer permanent housing to people with mental and physical disabilities, many of whom have been homeless for years. The remainder of the funds will be provided to help shelter homeless youth, support the rehousing of families and provide a boost to each county’s housing programs.
“The federal investment will help Central Florida, one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, support the many organizations that are working to improve access to affordable housing for our rising population,” says Murphy, D-Winter Park.
Soto, D-Kissimmee, adds: “While we continue to address affordable housing solutions in Central Florida, the reality is more and more constituents are at risk of becoming homeless. That’s why federal grants, such as HUD’s Continuum of Care, are crucial for our region to support organizations that provide shelters, transitional and permanent housing programs.”