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Accomplishments

We are now Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust; however, we are still advocating for our community and delivering initiatives to our residents.

Below are our past accomplishments in history, and we look forward to creating new accomplishments this year.

Economic Development

Entrepreneurial Institute and Mobile Unit - Joint program with MMAP, Florida Memorial University and corporate partners to provide technical assistance for small businesses to write business plans, develop marketing materials and learn how to maintain business records.  

Opa Locka Flightline - Provided a grant for $100,000 for equipment and marketing, advertising and promotions

South Dade Business Capitalization Initiative Program - Business assistance Program to fund 10 businesses at $5,000 for each company in the south Dade community to be used for inventory, equipment, technology and to offset the cost of rising business insurance.

Collective Banking Group of Miami-Dade and Vicinity - The clergy in south Florida created covenants with local financial institutions to receive better resources for the church members and promote community economic vitality

Disparity Study- Identify disparities within the black community in an effort to identify the disparities that exists within underserved neighborhoods, to include criminal justice, economic development, education, employment/jobs, housing, and health.

TECO Power Plant - Partnership between Florida International University, The Collins Center and The Overtown Civic Partnership to provide a study regarding the opportunity for the community to benefit form the sale of chilled water electricity in the effort to provide affordable housing and economic development for the Overtown neighborhood.

North Dade Community Development Federal Credit Union - Developed and opened a financial institution for residents in the North Dade Community 1998.

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Housing (MMAP Homeownership Assistance Program)

Homeownership Assistance Program (HAP) - For the period from October 1, 2006 through July 31, 2007, 643 first-time homebuyers have received $5.69 million in down payment and closing assistance.

Lottery Initiative - Through the Lottery Initiative, 7 randomly selected winning participants received $1.3 million and twelve consolation participants have received $409,825.00.

Parade of Homes Extravaganzas - Promoted the availability of housing inventory in North and South Dade County. First-time homeowners had the opportunity to meet area developers, realtors and mortgage professionals in an effort to attain homeownership.  Over 70 vendors and over 200 prospective homebuyers participated in the two events.

Teachers Housing Initiative - a Housing Fair targeted especially at teachers.  Under an initiative spearheaded by District 3 County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, sixteen (16) qualified teachers will receive up to $25,000 in the form of a zero percent (0%) interest, no payment (non-amortized) mortgage, or HAP loan.

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Criminal Justice

Miami-Dade County Teen Court - Miami-Dade County Teen Court has provided youth, both volunteers and participants with an opportunity to gain knowledge and experience in a non-traditional judicial process.  Juvenile participants who admit guilt to a delinquency charge are afforded a sentencing hearing conducted by youth volunteering in a variety of capacities.  Over 2,000 students have participated in Teen Court.

Carrie Meek Foundation - Civics Program - Provide participants of Teen Court with the tools to become better citizens through classes and information on how government works, what government does, how an individual can participate in the governmental process.

Florida Financial - Money and Banking Program - Introduce participants of Teen Court to the world of credit, how it works and how to use it wisely.

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Legislative Initiatives

In an effort to secure assistance to impact underserved communities, the MMAP Trust has met over the years with Federal, State and local officials to provide the community assistance in the areas of economic development, education, criminal justice and housing. 

These legislative achievements include securing a dedicated source of revenue from the occupational license for economic development programs, documentary surtax dollars for the MMAP HAP for first time home buyers as well as funding to support the Teen Court Program.

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Advocacy

Coffee Talk - Provided (4) live radio talk show broadcasts at businesses located in neighborhoods where residents have the opportunity to participate and have their voices heard and address topics and issues they would like to have changed by their government representative(s). Locations included: AFRO-IN BOOKS AND CAFÉ, South Florida Boys Choir, Miami Dade Community College Kendall Campus and Miami Job Corps Center.

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