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For Immediate Release:
June 21, 2012

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Lisa Mozloom

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Executive Director David Raymond Retires; Former Homeless Trust Executive Director Hilda Fernandez Returns

The board of The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust voted unanimously to bring Hilda Fernandez home.  Hilda Fernandez first served as Executive Director of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust from July, 1997 to January, 2003.

Upon leaving that post, Ms. Fernandez served on the Homeless Trust Board as the Mayor’s designee, and most recently as the representative for the Miami-Dade League of Cities.   She stepped down from that seat in early May.

“This is a fantastic day for The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust,” said Chairman of the Board, Ron Book.  “Hilda was a fantastic Executive Director.  That means she walks in ready to go.  She knows our organization.  She understands our mission.  She is one of the key people who helped frame our vision.”

“I am incredibly humbled and honored to be coming back as the Executive Director of this great organization,” said Ms. Fernandez.  “When you look at how all this came about, how all the pieces of the puzzle came together, I have no doubt that this was meant to be.  I look forward to helping the Trust Board and staff, our service providers and our private sector partners in continuing to do fantastic things for the community.  I truly believe that, together, we will end homelessness in Miami-Dade.”

The Executive Director position became available when Mr. Raymond submitted his resignation in April.

“One of my biggest concerns when I announced my resignation was the question of who would fill my role,” said David Raymond.  “I can’t think of a better person than Hilda Fernandez.  Hilda is brilliant.  She is capable.  It is immensely comforting to me to know that The Homeless Trust is in great hands.”

Mr. Raymond then added with a smile, “And I’m not just saying that because Hilda is the person who originally hired me to The Homeless Trust.”

Hilda Fernandez will be leaving her post as Assistant City Manager of Miami Beach to return as the Executive Director of The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust on July 23.  Before leaving the County in 2005, she also served as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor, Executive Director of the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust, and as the County’s Communications Director.

About The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust:

Founded in 1993, The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business community, the religious community, the educational community, the provider community, the political community, and formerly homeless individuals.  For more information regarding The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, please visit

Editor’s Note:  For more information, contact Lisa Mozloom, (305) 528-5341, lisa.mozloom@themnetwork


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