Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Fee Waiver for Identification for Homeless Citizens

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is preparing to implement 
the provisions of section 322.051, Florida Statutes, that authorizes a waiver of 
the fee for the issuance of a state identification card to persons who are 

The Office has been working with the staff at the Department of Highway Safety 
and Motor Vehicles to develop a consistent form to be used to certify that the 
individual seeking this fee waiver meets the state definition of being a 
homeless person.  To this end, the attached sample letter is being distributed 
to you to use to help those homeless persons you work with to secure this fee 

(See sample letter below: homeless certification form Sample Letter for HSMV.doc)

Please be sure that your certification meets the following criteria:

1.  The certification is on agency letterhead stationery.
2.  The name of the individual being certified is TYPED on the letter.
Please do not hand write the person's name.
3.  Provide the current address for the individual, if there is a place that the 
person uses for a current address or to receive their mail.
4.  Be sure to note how your agency has served or has contact with the 
5.  Retain documentation in your file of the person's homeless status, if there 
are follow up questions from the state.
6.  Have a duly authorized official for your agency sign the letter, and provide 
that official's title.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will be distributing more 
information on their implementation of the fee waiver in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Share this information with the other provider agencies in your continuum of 
care planning area who may also help certify a person's homeless status for the 
purpose of seeking the fee waiver for the state identification card.

Thank you

Tom Pierce
Office on Homelessness
Department of Children and Families

Subject:  Verification of Homeless Status
This agency certifies that [type the Name of Person] meets the definition of a homeless person in accordance with state law.  [Section 420.621, Florida Statutes]  This agency provided the following services to this individual:

Street Outreach, Assessment and Referral

Emergency Shelter

Supportive Services:  food, clothing, health services, etc.

Transitional Housing

Permanent Supportive Housing


Based on this agency’s records, [Name of Person] had the following address:
[City, State, Zip]
Evidence to document the basis of this determination of [Name of Person] status as homeless is maintained in this agency’s file.

[Signature of Authorized Official]
[Type Name of Authorizing Official]

Friday, November 16, 2012


There is such a thing as a free lunch

                              EVERYONE IS INVITED TO … 
FREE Thanksgiving Wednesday
Theater Luncheon Benefit
Full Thanksgiving MealNovember 21st,
 11:45 am to 1:00 pm
St. Martha’s Parish Hall,
200 Orange at Fruitville

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A day in the life of a homeless family.

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