Catholic Charities of Collier County, Diocese of Venice, Inc. received a grant from both the Community Foundation of Collier County and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Collier County Housing, Human and Veteran Services Department (HHVS) to provide rental assistance to people who are under imminent risk of homelessness.
A $40,000 grant was awarded from the Community Foundation and monies in the amount of $62,490 was given from the HUD Emergency Solutions Grants Program through HHVS. The purpose of the Short Term Rental Assistance Program of Catholic Charities is to assist individuals and families to quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.
According to the October 2012 report from the Collier County 211 information and referral service, 43% of the problem/needs callers were looking for help with paying their rent or utilities. These calls are three times as many as the next requested service.
“The demand for the assistance to thwart homelessness in Collier County has not subsided,” said Armando Galella, District Director of Catholic Charities of Collier County, Diocese of Venice, Inc. “We will continue to provide both rental and utility assistance at the Family Resource Center of Catholic Charities in East Naples and Guadalupe Social Services of Catholic Charities in Immokalee,” he said.
According to Galella, a typical client in Collier County in need of rental and utility assistance is a low-income female head of household that is Hispanic or Latino, with children under the age of 19 years old, living in Central Naples, Golden Gate or Immokalee.
“The economy and housing market may be recovering in Collier County, but the plight of poverty still exists,” said Galella. “Because of these new grants, Catholic Charities is grateful to be able to continue to provide these important services to the community.”
For more information, please call Armando Galella at Catholic Charities of Collier County, Diocese of Venice, Inc. at 239-455-2655.