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SARASOTA -- The Salvation Army, the YMCA and a home for people with severe mental illnesses are vying for the biggest chunks of state grant money that could bring more than $1.25 million to Sarasota and Manatee counties.
The money will provide housing, food, job assistance and other services to people who are homeless.
Last spring, the Legislature set aside $9 million to help the estimated 57,400 people who are homeless in Florida. Much of the money was held in limbo during recent state budget-cutting sessions, so local agencies that serve the homeless now are scurrying to apply for the new grant …