State Senators Look To Cut Funding For Homeless Programs
According to state officials, the homeless population in Florida grew 11 percent last year. But, money for emergency shelters could be cut to help fill a $3 billion budget hole.
Homeless programs could lose 67 million state and federal dollars.
State senators are considering cutting two million dollars from the Department of Children and Families Office of Homelessness. And $65 million federal stimulus dollars have run dry.
Health and Human Services Lobbyist Karen Woodall says the funding drop could leave thousands in the cold.
"Cutting any money to serve the homeless population is not a good idea and I think the challenge to the legislature, there are other areas to cut funding," Woodall said.
Woodall says lawmakers could save $24 million by eliminating subsidies for pro sports teams. Other places to find money include eliminating tax exemptions on bottled water and collecting the Internet sales taxes.
A one day count in 2009 found 58,000 homeless people living in the state.
- State Homeless Funding Could Be Cut
- Florida Senator Supports Special Funding for the University of Florida
- Funding for Springs Bill Dries Up in Senate
- Grace Marketplace Homeless Center Gets $308,000 In Local Government Funding
- VA Pulls Funding for Homeless Veteran Facility, Cites "Minimal Progress"
- Late-Season Cold Snap Forces Homeless Shelter to Ask City for More Funds
- Homeless shelter seeks additional funding
- North Central Florida Receiving Federal Funding to Prevent Homelessness
- Gainesville Area Receives Funding, Housing Vouchers to Help Homeless Veterans
- County Commission Funds Some, Will Cut Others