TALLAHASSEE – A key omission may affect money spent on homeless people in the state.
The Florida budget that kicks in July 1 includes $4 million in grants for homeless organizations helping needy families. Legislators, however, omitted language that makes it mandatory for the state to actually spend the money.
As a result, 27 homeless agencies in the state may lose as much as $350,000.
Some of this money is used for homeless to pay rent following job losses, car accidents or find a place to live. Now, agencies have to cut funding, and probably staff.