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In 2018, the United States Congress passed the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (SUPPORT Act) to address substance use disorder prevention, recovery, and treatment. Section 8071 of the SUPPORT Act authorizes the Recovery Housing Program (RHP). RHP funds are allocated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development to allow states to provide stable, transitional housing for individuals in recovery from a substance use disorder. The RHP is a program within federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, with rules modified by Federal Register Notice FR-6225-N-01.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) was awarded $871,000 for federal fiscal year (FFY) 2020 and $786,114 for FFY 2021 in RHP funding, for a total of $1,657,114. DEO's FFY 2020-21 RHP Action Plan will guide the use of both allocations.

Florida received RHP funds because the state's age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths is above the national rate at 22.78 people per 100,000, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

DEO has identified a specific need for additional recovery housing and services for the veterans community within the state. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs FFY 2017 population estimates reflect that Florida has the third largest veteran population among all states in the nation.

Eligible Subrecipients

Eligible subrecipients include public and private nonprofit organizations and local governments that have proven experience in providing services to veterans in recovery to help them attain self-sufficiency and individual recovery goals. Eligible subrecipients will be limited to local governments and public and private nonprofit organizations that best meet the defined evaluation criteria.

Eligible Activities

  • Public Facilities and Improvements;
  • Acquisition of Real Property;
  • Lease, Rent, and Utilities;
  • Residential Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Single-Units;
  • Residential Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Multi-Units;
  • Rehabilitation and Reconstruction of Public Housing;
  • Relocation; and
  • Expansion of Existing Eligible Activities to Include New Construction.

Federal Fiscal Year 2020-2021 RHP Action Plan

DEO has prepared the Draft RHP Action Plan for public comment in fulfillment of the requirements of the program. The Draft RHP Action Plan is available for public comment beginning November 17, 2021 and ending on December 2, 2021.  A public hearing will be held in person and online on November 30, 2021, 2:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

  • Public Hearing Information:
    • Virtual Meeting Link: Join via web on Microsoft Teams
    • Via Telephone: 850-988-5144, Conference ID: 518 272 001#
    • In-Person: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, 107 E. Madison St., Caldwell Building, Room 332, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

Written comments on the drafted Action Plan are encouraged and may be made at the public hearing, emailed to, or mailed to: Florida Small Cities CDBG Program, 107 East Madison St., MSC-400, Tallahassee, FL 32399.

Drafted Action Plan for Public Comment, November 17 - December 2, 2021

Additional Information

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