The Homeless Trust
Press Release: Fact Check from Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Regarding Misstatements About a $13M Surplus
Recent news reports have included incorrect information provided by Commissioner Marc Sarnoff and the Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) regarding the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust’s finances. Their statements suggest that non-existent funds should be used to help fund a “homeless plan” that this business group has developed. The facts are as follows:
There is no $13 million "surplus."
For additional details, please read the full press release.
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Homeless Trust Releases Countywide Homeless Count Results for Summer 2013
The Homeless Trust conducts TWO street homeless counts each year, one in the winter and one in the summer (to account for seasonal fluctuations). The counts are conducted for both unsheltered (street) homeless, and sheltered homeless (families and individuals staying in emergency housing, transitional housing or hotels/motels). For a copy of the results of the August 29, 2013 summer count, please click on the link below. Information on the most recent count, as well as historical information for counts dating back almost fifteen years, is provided. The Homeless Trust tracks changes from summer-to-summer and winter-to-winter counts to address the allocation of resources. As noted, and contrary to common assumptions, the winter count numbers are traditionally the lowest.
The Trust and The Miami Homeless Coalition completed its First "Youth Count" of Homeless Students
For the first time ever, volunteers combed the streets of Miami-Dade County August 29, to conduct a count of homeless youth in our community. Called "iCount," volunteers sought to identify unaccompanied and unstably housed youth ages 12-24 in Miami-Dade County. Radio Public Service Announcements were produced and distributed to radio stations around Miami to promote the effort. Details regarding the results of iCount are forthcoming.
Romero-Britto designed meters throughout Miami-Dade County
Did you know that Miami-Dade County residents give millions of dollars to panhandlers each year? The fact is that not all who panhandle are homeless. Even if they are homeless, giving them money is not an effective means to help them. That's why we are deploying our Romero-Britto designed meters throughout Miami-Dade County.
They are a safe, reliable and fully accountable means for you to help people who are homeless because 100% of the money collected in these meters is used directly to fund additional shelter beds, and expand the number of indoor meal programs for people experiencing homelessness. When you see one of our homeless donation meters, please consider giving your change to change a life.
Please mail the completed sponsorship form to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust at:
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