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Keep the funding of the Day Center Program of Camillus House
February 10, 2017 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
From: EDDIE GLORIA | VP, STRATEGY MANAGEMENT /ACTING COO | CAMILLUS HOUSE, INC.
Camillus House is initiating the scale-down of its Day Center (direct services) program for persons living on the streets. This includes 2 daily meals, engagement activities, clothing exchange, male and female shower programs, and post mail services for the homeless. Historically, the Day Center has been partially funded by the Homeless Trust using HUD Supportive Housing Program (SHP) dollars. This funding was meant to limit the services to 150 men and women each day. However, the program has been averaging closer to 340 persons per day due to overwhelming need. In the last 45 days, 1,602 unique persons presented at our door seeking assistance. By our calculations, the HUD support has helped covered roughly 1/3 of the true cost to provide this ongoing support to the local Continuum of Care. Camillus House has been allocating its own resources to cover the balance or the other 2/3 of the cost needed to sustain these activities – something we are no longer in a position to do.
Effective Friday, February 10, 2017 Camillus House will limit its current Day Center program to the first 110 men and 40 women (total 150) who present at our door each day. Persons who gain access will be provided the full array of services offered by the Day Center program. Persons who cannot gain access will be provided a list of available local resources and referred to the City of Miami Homeless Program (Green Shirts) for additional support. We will continue this course until all services are discounted effective Friday, June 30, 2017 – the final day of the gap funding provided by the Trust when HUD first removed its support.
As we wrote on our last issue of BNA News “Well established shelters in many states, including Camillus House in Miami, had their grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development drastically reduced or taken away.
What changed in HUD? Not their budget that actually had a five percent increase in 2016. There is a change in policy: “housing first” meaning permanent housing first at the expense of temporary shelter. That policy will have a negative impact on the Urban Core, keeping more people on the streets.”
The Executive Committee of the Homeless Trust will be meeting on
Friday, February 10th at 10:30 am
at the Department of Small Business Development on the 19th floor
of the Stephen P. Clark Center, 111 NW 1st Street.
Keep the funding of the Day Center program of Camillus House