Homeless on Streets in Alachua County Has Dropped
GAINESVILLE -The street count for those homeless on the streets dropped by about a third this year compared to last - and a new bill in the Florida Legislature aims to lower that number even more.
The new bill aims to take a more cohesive approach to helping homelessness in the state.
A large part of the bill would be match grants - where the state would give local agencies money only if they could match the money.
Leaders here say if the bill is passed, North Central Florida would be eligible for around $200,000 and that's only because of the money being paid for the new homeless facility.
Theresa Lowe, director of the Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry: "the grant does require an equal match but that is not a big problem for us because the city and the county have agreed to put in $380,000 a year for Grace Marketplace and the services there."
The survey on homelessness showed there are less veterans out on the street but the number of school kids without a permanent home did increase this year.
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