If you missed the recent Rapid Rehousing training

If you missed the recent Rapid Rehousing training, given by Susan Pourciau of Florida Housing Coalition and hosted by Forward Paths, be sure and keep informed with the presentation she provided. There is a wealth of information and some very important links that you can utilize in your quest to provide services.

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FBCB 3rd Quarterly Meeting

Upcoming Event for Circuit 5. The Faith Based and Community Based Advisory Council is encouraging the government and the faith based community to work together to improve social services for Floridians. They are coming July 26th, see flier below for details….

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The Notice of Funding Availability

The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Continuum of Care Program Competition has been posted to the FY 2015 Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition: Funding Availability page on the HUD Exchange. The FY 2015 CoC Consolidated Application and Project Applications are now available in e-snaps.

Any organizations that are planning to renew their grants can begin working on their applications via e-snaps (http://www.hud.gov/esnaps). Any organizations that are planning to apply for a new project can also being working on their applications via e-snaps. To use e-snaps, you must have an active account. To obtain information about e-snaps or this application, you can go to https://www.hudexchange.info/e-snaps/faqs/.

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition will be briefly discussing this at our CoC Stakeholders Meeting on Friday, at 11:00 a.m., September 25, 2015 at Jericho Road Ministries’ Joshua House at 11014 N Broad Street, Brooksville. More information will be shared with all Member Organizations as timelines are established. Interested Member Organizations can contact us at 352.860.2308, but organizations are encouraged to go to HUD’s website to get detailed information about this grant.

October 14, 2015 – all New or Renewing applications must be submitted in the esnaps system

November 4, 2015 – all applicants will be notified if their application will be a part of the CoC application submission.

November 20, 2015 – application deadline for MFHC to submit the CoC application and the project applications to HUD via esnaps.

If your organization has any questions, please contact our office. If you want to know what type of projects are eligible, you will need to access the HUD Exchange: https://www.hudexchange.info/.

First Citrus County Committee Meeting of the New Year

The Citrus County Committee meeting will be holding its first meeting of the new year on January 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at The Salvation Army, 712 S School Avenue, Lecanto, Florida.

You Are Encouraged to Join a Memorial Service in Citrus County for the Homeless

Date: Saturday, December 20th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Family Resource Center, 2435 N Florida Avenue, Hernando, FL – ceremony to be held at the flag pole.

Program:

  • Welcome: John Young, Homeless & Re-Entry Advocate
  • Master of Ceremonies: Rev. Eugene Reuman, Pastor of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
  • Speakers: Local Community Leaders, Homeless Individuals
  • Memorial Readings from the Holy Bible, by Rev. Eugene Reuman & Chaplain of VFW 4252
  • Names of our deceased homeless read by a homeless individual
  • Candle Lit Ceremony by all attending
  • Military Honor Guard Ceremony by VFW 4252 Hernando, FL:

U.S. FLAG LOWERED TO HALF MAST

TAPS BLOWN

21 GUN RIFLE VOLLEY

Continuum of Care Meeting

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition will be holding its regular, monthly CoC meeting on Friday, December 5, 2014 at 11:00 a.m.at Christian Care Center – Administrative Office – Corner of West Main and 13th Streets, Leesburg, Florida (Park in parking lot by Medical Center and walk across the street to Administrative Office.)

4-H Youth Make Blessing Bags for Homeless

Nathan Meeks, a senior at Citrus High School and the 4-H County Council President, has had his fair share of community projects and volunteering for a great cause but November holds a special place in his community project agenda because it is something he feels strongly about supporting.

November 15th through the 23rd is National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and Nathan knows in Citrus County we have homeless and hungry children, youth and adults. Nathan said “I wanted to do something to help bring awareness to youth; that we can make a difference and to help youth take action in our community to help others in need. I know through my work with several nonprofits such as the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition and the Anti-Drug Coalition that we have homeless and hungry people right here in Citrus County. I brought the idea of making “Blessing Bags” to the 4-H County Council group and asked if they would like to make the bags to help support our local shelters and food pantries and the group unanimously voted yes.”

The 4-H Clubs throughout the county collected basic needs items in October and then sent a representative from their club to help pack the bags. The gallon zip lock bags are full of items like a toothbrush, toothpaste, Chap Stick, lotion, gum, granola bar, wet wipes, razor, soap, tissues, comb, band aids, and a warm pair of socks along with a note of blessings and hope.

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Nathan said “This was just what I was hoping for, the 4-H youth and their clubs learned about Homelessness and Hunger Awareness and then took action to make a difference right here in our county. I have personally never been one to see a problem or need and sit back and wait for someone else to do something about it. I try to see the problem or need and do something to start helping making a difference and that is what we did as a group of youth wanting to make a difference.” The 4-H Clubs made 40 bags that were given to local shelters through Barbara Wheeler and the Mid Florida Homeless Coalition.

Annual Meeting

The November meeting was not held and the December meeting is being held on December 5, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Offices of Christian Care Center, 115 N 13 St., Leesburg, FL 34748. (Please park by the clinic and walk over to the office building.)

National Homeless Memorial Day

The National Homeless Memorial day, which is held on the Winter Solstice every year, will be on December 21st. Please take time to remember those who died while living on the streets and in the woods of our communities.

Homeless Outreach in Sumter, Lake, Hernando and Citrus Counties

In January of this year, volunteers in Sumter, Lake, Hernando and Citrus counties work together to locate and survey or count those who are homeless. This one day effort is referred to as a point-in-time count and reflects just a snapshot of our communities.

In Hernando and Lake Counties, organizations held Outreach Events. Those without homes or in need of services were encouraged to attend these events.

Hernando County Outreach

Lake County Outreach

View 2012 – Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week