July 21, 2024

Local homeless service providers face losing significant funding

Alachua County homeless service providers could potentially lose millions of dollars of funding they are entitled to if they can’t find a lead agency to administer the money.

The Continuum of Care (CoC) is a United States Department of Housing and Urban Development designated community collaborative that seeks to address homelessness and utilize HUD funding, according to Theresa Beachy, the CEO of Peaceful Paths. Individual agencies in the community like Grace Marketplace and Family Promise need to apply for this funding that is managed and administered by the CoC. 

But the current lead agency that runs the CoC, United Way, is stepping down. Without a replacement, these organizations will have no way to access this vital funding.

Casey Willey gets the van ready as the Grace Marketplace Street Team delivers drinks and sandwiches to homeless people in Northwest Gainesville in on Aug. 14, 2023.

“If funding isn’t secured and a lead agency isn’t found, people who are some of the most vulnerable in our communities are ultimately going to pay the price for that, because there’s no way to access the money,” Beachy said.

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