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Continuum of Care Plan

In July 1993, Miami-Dade County’s governing body, the Board of County Commissioners (the BCC), adopted a continuum of care plan entitled the "Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan" (the Plan).

This Plan delineates a comprehensive strategy for the delivery and coordination of homeless housing and services for the entire county, including all its municipalities and five entitlement jurisdictions, and is comprised of

  • temporary care (emergency housing) for seven (7) to up to sixty (60) days;
  • primary care (transitional housing) with intensive case management services for six (6) to nine (9) months, and
  • advanced care (permanent) supported housing.

Services and housing are accessed through a coordinated, county-wide outreach process and connected through a homeless management information system (HMIS).

Concurrent with the adoption of the Plan, the BCC approved the levying of a one cent food and beverage tax to provide a unique, local dedicated source of funding for homeless programs, and approved the creation of the 27-member Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust (the Trust) to administer the proceeds of this tax and implement the Plan. The Trust is the overall coordinating body for the continuum of care.

Additional partners in the implementation of the Plan include the public housing agency (the Miami-Dade Public Housing Agency), the County department responsible for the development of the consolidated plan (the Community and Economic Development Division of the Miami-Dade Department of Housing and Community Development), the local homeless provider consortia, and the Trust’s private-sector partner, with its own diverse 65-member board.

A Super NOFA (notice of funding availability) Working Group representing the phases of the continuum, homeless persons and staff, is convened annually to compile the gaps and needs data developed through various sources, and assist in the determination of priorities and preparation of the Consolidated Application to U.S. HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development).

In 2004, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust developed a Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Miami-Dade County Adobe Reader.  These additional strategies are incorporated into the Miami-Dade County Homeless Plan.  The Plan is updated on a regular basis.

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