Okaloosa agencies receive grants for emergency shelters

Published: Saturday, January 18, 2014 at 07:09 PM.

Okaloosa County agencies are among those receiving part of a $4.4 million grant to provide housing services to homeless and nearly homeless people.

The Florida Department of Children and Families was awarded the Emergency Solutions Grant to provide emergency housing, outreach efforts and prevention services through a variety of agencies.

Prevention and re-housing recipients in Okaloosa County  include Okaloosa Community Development Corporation and Families Count, which were granted $76,598 each to help 60 households.

Emergency shelter recipient Okaloosa Walton Homeless/Opportunity Inc. received $54,657 to help 200 individuals.

Statewide, the grant will serve more than 14,000 unsheltered homeless people and those at the risk of losing housing.

Seventy-four nonprofit agencies and government entities will receive funds to continue programs that meet their communities’ needs.

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