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Florida Homeless Agencies Could Gain Greater Flexibility

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Local Florida agencies that serve the homeless receive much of their funding through grants administered by the Department of Children and Families.  The agencies are known as Continuums of Care, or COCs.  Last year the department limited grant applications for emergency shelters to four per agency.

But Charlotte County Homeless Coalition director Angela Hogan says the policy doesn’t reflect the sizes and resources of different agencies.

“We’re not looking at what counties or how big of an area a COC is serving but at the same time we’re telling COCs we want you to merge, and we want you to have an economy of scale and take on more area, but if you do that we’re going to cut your ability to access resources,” Hogan says.

Many other COC representatives voiced similar concerns.  Department officials say they’re likely to do away with the four application limit.

Nick Evans came to Tallahassee to pursue a masters in communications at Florida State University. He graduated in 2014, but not before picking up an internship at WFSU. While he worked on his degree Nick moved from intern, to part-timer, to full-time reporter. Before moving to Tallahassee, Nick lived in and around the San Francisco Bay Area for 15 years. He listens to far too many podcasts and is a die-hard 49ers football fan. When Nick’s not at work he likes to cook, play music and read.