Area agencies serving homeless receive grants

Published: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 at 11:36 p.m.

Several area agencies have been awarded a portion of $1.9 million in federal money being distributed to help the homeless.

The Department of Children and Families distributed $239,467 worth of Emergency Shelter Grant money to agencies in Alachua, Columbia, and Suwanee counties.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the grant can be used to cover operating costs of emergency housing, support services for those living in a shelter, and repairs and renovations to a shelter.

North Florida grant recipients include:

- St. Francis House, $57,200, shelter with 51 beds in Gainesville to serve homeless families and individuals.

- Arbor House, $8,881, shelter for expectant and single mothers with children in Gainesville, with 30 beds.

- Peaceful Paths, $25,062, a 37-bed domestic violence facility serving Alachua County.

- Another Way, $95,000, supports two domestic violence shelters with 70 existing beds serving Lake City and Chiefland.

- Vivid Visions, $53,324, a 15-bed domestic violence shelter serving Suwannee County.

- Lee Conlee House, $23,484, a 26-bed domestic violence shelter serving Putnam County.

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