Emergency Solutions Grants Program: $246,710
In 2011, the Emergency Shelter Grant changed to the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG). This federal change broadened the scope of the program. The Emergency Solutions Grant now includes rapid re-housing activities which will place persons that have become homeless into housing. ESG funding can be used to now effectively stabilize people in housing because rents can be paid for up to 24 months out of a 36-month period. The population served with ESG funds is individuals and families that are homeless, formally homeless, or at risk of becoming homeless. Any client assessed for potential assistance with ESG funds must meet the criteria to become eligible for homeless prevention or rapid rehousing assistance. The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program activities work towards the goal of creating a suitable living environment and provide decent housing. This was accomplished by providing operating support to emergency shelters and funding programs designed to prevent homelessness and/or rapidly re-house homeless persons. These programming initiatives fall under four major categories: 1) renovation, major rehabilitation, and/or conversion of shelter facilities; 2) essential services; 3) maintenance and operations; and 4) homeless prevention activities. The amount received in FY12 was $246,710. ESG funds were awarded to Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale based on the population and housing conditions that exist.
Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS: $9,305,747
More than 56,000 new HIV infections happen in the U.S. each year, with Broward County ranking third in the number of *reported cases. The Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program is the only federal program dedicated to assist with meeting the housing and supportive service needs of low-and moderate-income persons with AIDS or HIV related diseases. The City of Fort Lauderdale serves as the administrator of the formula grant-funded HOPWA program for the entire geographical area of Broward County. Fort Lauderdale zip code 33311, which includes part of the cities of Fort Lauderdale, Wilton Manors, Oakland Park, Lauderhill and Lauderdale Lakes, has the largest concentration of South Florida’s newly reported cases.5 Some progress is being made, however. New data from the Florida Department of Health show a 17 percent decline in new AIDS cases for the first half of 2012 compared to the same period last year -- 1,161 vs. 1,401.
*Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Florida: Gloomy Aids Stats in Region. August 2, 2012.
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