Rutherford Joins HUD Secretary Ben Carson in Jacksonville
Today, Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) joined the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson at Sulzbacher's EnVision Center, which provides supportive services for the homeless population in Northeast Florida.
"Public-private partnerships, like the Sulzbacher Center, are critical in our fight against homelessness," said Rutherford. "By investing in our communities and providing individuals with the support they need to lead independent lives, Northeast Florida has been able to consistently reduce homelessness in the region. I am proud to work with Secretary Carson and my colleagues in Congress to ensure homeless individuals and families have the resources they need to find permanent housing and get back on their feet."
As a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee that oversees HUD, Congressman Rutherford has been a vocal supporter of targeted assistance for those struggling with homelessness -- particularly during the coronavirus pandemic. In March, Rutherford supported the passage of the bipartisan CARES Act, which provided $12.4 billion for HUD's response to COVID-19.
Years of collaboration among stakeholders in the region has produced encouraging results. Thanks in large part to organizations like the Sulzbacher Center, from 2009-2019, Northeast Florida saw an 82 percent reduction in homeless veterans, 46 percent reduction in homeless families, and 60 percent reduction in the chronically homeless. For more information about their work, please click here.