The cost to taxpayers to move the Tallahassee Homeless Shelter from Tennessee Street to a new location on West Pensacola recently topped $3 million.
Back on November 25, 2013, the Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) approved the purchase of the current shelter property for a total of $1,950,000. The funds to purchase the property will come from the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Land Acquisition fund that currently have a combined balance of $2,084,947.
On January 21, 2014 the Leon County Board of Commissioners voted to spend $500,000 from discretionary funds to aid in building the new facility.
One day later, on January 22, 2014, the Tallahassee City Commission followed with a vote to authorize the City Manager to enter into an agreement to provide $500,000 over a five-year period to support the construction costs for the proposed homeless facility. The funds will come from a federal grant program that would have been used for other eligible programs and projects.
And finally, on January 23, 2014, the CRA voted to rescind a $350,000 grant agreement with the Frenchtown Community Development Corporation and use the funds for the acquisition of Homeless Shelter property on Tennessee Street. CRA staff indicated that this vote was not for additional money, but to take the place of the $350,000 scheduled to be removed from the Greater Frenchtown/Southside Land Acquisition fund.
To date, the decisions outlined above by elected officials have approved approximately $3 million to move the Tallahassee Homeless Shelter.