Only two other times in the history of Miami-Dade County has the Andy Menendez Homeless Hero Award been bestowed on an individual. At Tuesday’s Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners’ meeting, outgoing Homeless Trust Executive Director, David Raymond, became the third recipient.
“This award is given in recognition of the tireless work and dedication that David Raymond has done as an advocate for the homeless. There is no one in the history of this organization who has achieved more to end homelessness in Miami-Dade County than David,” said Ron Book, Chairman of The Homeless Trust.
The award is named after Andy Menendez who was director of the Mayor’s Office on Homelessness. In the early 1990s, Menendez was a passionate defender of the homeless and was one of the driving forces that helped make Miami-Dade County a national best practices model for caring for the homeless.
“To receive an award in Andy’s honor is truly humbling. Andy was a pioneer in the early days of our battle to end homelessness, before the existence of The Homeless Trust. He was my mentor in how to be a passionate advocate, and more importantly Andy was my friend,” said David Raymond.
Previous recipients of the Andy Menendez Homeless Hero Award are Congresswoman Iliana Ros-Lehtinen and former Homeless Trust Executive Director and current University of Miami Vice President Sergio Gonzales.
David Raymond is leaving the Homeless Trust in order to consult with local and national organizations on homeless and social service systems.