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In 2015, Florida had a homeless population of 41,542 people, the third highest of any state. Dedicated nonprofit, public, and private agencies around the state and nation are working tirelessly to bring this number down to “functional zero,” – meaning that any individual or family who becomes homeless can be rapidly placed in permanent housing, rather than languishing on the street or in shelters for months or years.
As the state’s foremost authority on affordable housing, the Florida Housing Coalition has an important role to play in the push to end homelessness. This page highlights training and technical assistance resources available to Florida’s affordable housing developers, homeless service providers, and other stakeholders working to end homelessness.
The Florida Housing Coalition is presently provide training and technical assistance to Florida’s Continuums of Care. This training and technical assistance is provided pursuant to a contract with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO).
FHC provides Technical Assistance to Continuums of Care in 3 ways:
The ultimate solution to homelessness is more affordable housing. If you’re a homeless assistance provider who’s considering becoming a developer or owner of permanent housing for formerly homeless clients, or a “mainstream” affordable housing provider who wants to target units to formerly homeless persons, we can help you get started. The Florida Housing Coalition provides training and technical assistance on using SHIP, SAIL, Low Income Housing Tax Credits, and other mainstream affordable housing resources for formerly homeless persons. Contact us today to set up a workshop.
In June 2015, the Florida Housing Coalition released the 2015 Homeward Bound: Policy and Resource Guide for Housing Homeless Floridians, which was produced by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Realtors. This document produced by the Florida gives a historical overview of homeless assistance policy in the U.S. and Florida, examines trends in national and state homeless populations, and describes key policies and programs with a particular focus on empirical research. Homeward Bound is an ideal introduction to homeless issues for entry-level employees at Continuum of Care lead and member agencies, as well as mainstream affordable housing providers, funders, elected officials, and others with an interest in ending homelessness.
Click here to view Homeward Bound. For a downloadable PDF, email Johnitta Wells at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We know how hard you work to end homelessness. That is why the Florida Housing Coalition wrote Landlord Collaboration Guidebook: Working with Landlords to Help Households Move Out of Homelessness – it serves as an additional tool in your toolbox as you work to provide access to a safe, affordable, and lasting home for people experiencing homelessness. The guidance offered here focuses on increasing access to existing affordable housing by reaching out to landlords, working collaboratively to offer more housing options, and improving permanent placement and housing stability with the help of landlord partners.
We recognize that at the time of this guidebook’s publication, the Florida housing market is increasingly unaffordable, particularly for the most housing insecure families. Communities across Florida are experiencing tightening rental markets with more selective landlords, rising rents, and disappearing affordable rentals. This guidebook is not a panacea for all of these big picture issues, but will be a help even in high-cost communities where rental housing comes at a significant price. Of course we also know that housing markets typically follow a boom and bust cycle, so the ways this guidebook is used will also change over time.
While we offer this guidebook to help you move people experiencing homelessness into existing safe and affordable housing, it is clear there is a deep and persistent supply challenge for families struggling with very low household incomes. Accessing affordable housing, then, relies upon a two-pronged approach: (1) the work described here – accessing existing housing; and (2) expanding the supply of affordable housing, especially housing stock with low barriers to entry and rents affordable to those with extremely low incomes. As you utilize the strategies around utilizing existing housing that are detailed in this guidebook, it is also important to deploy proactive supply-oriented strategies simultaneously. Advancing on both fronts will produce the best results.
While this guidebook is the first of its kind in Florida, we offer sincere thanks to those who have already worked on this topic and whose wisdom is reflected in guidance offered here. Appendix I provides a list of the work we drew upon.
If you have stories to share, or additional suggestions or questions, contact us at the Florida Housing Coalition. We are here to help you help our neighbors.
Read the entire Landlord Collaboration Guidebook.