Donna Shalala Announces HHS Grants Headed to South Florida

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla.. announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is sending two grants totaling almost $950,000 to her South Florida district.

Shalala led HHS during then-President Bill Clinton’s administration. Shalala announced HHS will send $200,000 to Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc.

“For decades, Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services has been essential in promoting youth development within our community and keeping families together. This grant will allow them to continue their invaluable work with the children and families of Miami-Dade County,” she said on Thursday.

“Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services serves over 500 families each year within Miami-Dade County by providing emergency shelters in the city of Miami and Homestead,” the congresswoman’s office noted.

Shalala also said HHS will send $749,000 to Be Strong International, Inc. to support its “Marriage Matters” efforts.

“Be Strong International has worked tirelessly to install positive youth development practices and social-emotional learning to equip young people with the tools they need to make better decisions about relationships, money, work, and family life. I am pleased they are being recognized and receiving funding to continue the important work they do in our community,” she said, noting that the group “has educated over 200,000 teens and young adults with their student lesson plans focused on financial literacy, career and education success, and communication skills.”

Shalala was elected to Congress in 2018 after decades on the public stage including serving HHS secretary and leading three higher ed institutions including the University of Miami. She faces Republican Maria Elvira Salazar, a TV journalist, in a rematch from their 2018 contest which Shalala won 52 percent to 46 percent.

 

Reach Kevin Derby at kevin.derby@floridadaily.com.

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