At this week’s Lake County Board of County Commissioner meeting, the Commissioners Proclaimed November 10 – 18, 2018 as Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

Commissioner Wendy Breeden presents the Proclamation to Mid Florida Homeless Coalition and its Lake County partners.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events.

Volunteer. Donate. Educate.

Everyone can do something to address the needs of people who are hungry or homeless. Be a part of the solution. Call Mid Florida Homeless Coalition or any not-for-profit near you to get more information on how you can get involved.

Project for Housing the Homeless Being Submitted in 2018 Grant Application

Press Release

For immediate release:

Contact: Barbara Wheeler at 352.697.0623

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition will be submitting by September 18th six projects that are proposed to serve homeless persons in Citrus, Hernando, and Lake Counties in the annual HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) grant application.

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition (MFHC) has been submitting an application on behalf of Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties since 2004. Citrus County Housing was awarded its first Permanent Supportive Housing Grant in 2005, and their renewal projects have been submitted and awarded funding in the MFHC annual application since then. This year’s application is in the amount of $98,593.00. When informed that their application scored the highest of all of the housing projects, Tammy Harris responded with, “This is great news!”

Two new projects are being submitted in 2018. United Way of Citrus County has proposed to operate a Rapid Rehousing program that will re-house literally homeless households. This $68,489.00 application scored well and will be in Tier 1. Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg is proposing to serve Citrus and Hernando County residents with a Rapid Rehousing program that will also re-house literally homeless households. Their $57,881 project will provide housing and case management services.

Mid Florida Homeless Coalition is excited to have these projects, as well as a project from Lake County Housing for Permanent Supportive Housing and two others that will allow the MFHC to continue operating its Mid Florida Information Network and the Coordinated Access System in Citrus, Hernando, Lake and Sumter Counties.

All projects can be found on our website in the library under CoC HUD Grants.

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Note to editor: For any additional information please contact Barbara Wheeler, Executive Director at mfhc01@gmail.com or via mobile at 352.697.0623.

HUD COC GRANT COMPETITION CLOSING

Mid Florida Homeless Coaltion, the Collaborative Applicant for the HUD CoC funds will be accepting applications until the end of the business day on August 7, 2018.

All organizations must have their applications submitted via HUD’s esnaps system by 5:00 pm August 7, 2018. In addition, the Housing First/Low Barrier Questionnaire and the 2018 HUD Request for Proposals (RFP) Supplement must be received by Mid Florida Homeless Coalition by 5:00 pm August 7, 2018. These two documents can be found at www.midfloridahomeless.org website or may be requested by calling 352.860.2308. These documents can be delivered to the office at 104 E Dampier Street, Inverness or emailed to mfhcopeningdoors@gmail.com.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Building Bridges – Final Days to Register

Your registration needs to be in by Tuesday, April 10th to guarantee your lunch reservation. Register online today and join us next Friday to learn about best practices being used by organizations across the country. Erik Braun, Director of Office on Homelessness will be joining us to provide answer your questions about homelessness.

Government & Community Relations Manager for Alachua, Citrus, Hernando, Levy, Marion & Sumter Counties of Duke Energy Florida recently presented a $2,000.00 check to the Board of Mid Florida Homeless Coalition for services provided to people affected by Hurricane Irma.

Dorothy T. Pernu

National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day

National Homeless Person’s Memorial Day serves to raise awareness of those who don’t have a place to call home, and to remember those who have died as a result of being homeless. Since 1990, our country has observed National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. HPMD is observed on the Winter Solstice – the longest night of the year, which this year is 21st day of December. The observance serves as a reminder that in a country of wealth, there are people whose life expectancy is shortened due to what preceded and occurred while they were homeless.

CITRUS COUNTY – A candle light vigil will be held at 6:00 p.m. on December 21st in downtown Inverness by the Fountain. Mid Florida Homeless Coalition invites the public to come and remember those who have died in 2017 or in previous years. Anyone that has questions or would like additional information, please call our office at 352.860.2308.

HERNANDO COUNTY – Crescent Community Clinic will be holding an event at their clinic at 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, FL from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Health Screenings, cold weather items, box lunches, and various other resources will be available. Anyone that has questions or would like additional information, please call the Clinic at 352.610.9916.

We encourage everyone to pause for a few moments on December 21st to remember those who died without having a home of their home.

2017 HUD CoC Consolidated Application and the Priority List

The Governing Board of Mid Florida Homeless Coalition met today and officially approved the 2017 HUD CoC Consolidated Application and the Priority List. These documents can be found in the Library on our website.

We would like to thank all of the organizations that submitted applications this year. We appreciate the willingness of these organizations to provide programs in this Continuum of Care that move us towards ending homelessness.

We appreciate the members of the Governing Board and Committees for their work in reviewing, scoring and ranking applications and providing guidance throughout the process.

The Staff of Mid Florida Homeless Coalition

2017 HUD CoC Review and Rank Committee met on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Listed below are the results:

Public Notice for ESG Request for Proposal

Public Notice for ESG RFP

  • July 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – Mandatory Meeting for potential applicants
  • July 31, 2017 – Release of 2017 MFHC Emergency Solutions Grant Request for Proposal
    Questions must be sent to mfhcopeningdoors@gmail.com
  • August 7, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. – Letter of intent to apply on organizational letterhead due to Mid Florida Homeless Coalition. A scanned copy of the letter can be sent to mfhcopeningdoors@gmail.com but the original needs to be received at MFHC at 104 E Dampier Street, Inverness, FL 34452 prior to August 22, 2017.
  • August 22, 2017 by 5:00 PM – Proposals must be received by Mid Florida Homeless Coalition at 104 E Dampier Street, Inverness 34450
    One Original – marked as original & One copy
  • Within 7 – 10 days after deadline – Selection of Proposals: Grant Review and Ranking Committee
  • 9/15/2017 – Anticipated effective date of grant amendment agreement between DCF and MFHC
  • 9/22/2017 – Anticipated effective date of grant agreement between MFHC and Sub-recipients

Challenge Grant Request for Proposals

Challenge Grant RFP Public Notice

  • July 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. – Mandatory Meeting for potential applicants
  • July 31, 2017 – Release of 2017 MFHC Challenge Grant Request for Proposal
    Questions must be sent to mfhcopeningdoors@gmail.com
  • August 7, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. – Letter of intent to apply on organizational letterhead due to Mid Florida Homeless Coalition. A scanned copy of the letter can be sent to mfhcopeningdoors@gmail.com but the original needs to be received at MFHC at 104 E Dampier Street, Inverness, FL 34452 prior to August 22, 2017.
  • August 22, 2017 by 5:00 PM – Proposals must be received by Mid Florida Homeless Coalition at 104 E Dampier Street, Inverness 34450
    One Original – marked as original & One copy
  • Within 7 – 10 days after deadline – Selection of Proposals: Grant Review and Ranking Committee
  • 9/15/2017 – Anticipated effective date of grant amendment agreement between DCF and MFHC
  • 9/22/2017 – Anticipated effective date of grant agreement between MFHC and Sub-recipients