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For Immediate Release:
November 14, 2013
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Lisa Mozloom
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Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Joins National Campaign to End Chronic Homelessness

100,000 Homes Campaign helps prioritize the most vulnerable; volunteers needed for registry week


As the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust marked its 20th Anniversary during Homeless Awareness Day, Board leaders announced that they have joined over 225 other communities nationwide in a national movement geared towards finding permanent homes for the chronic, most vulnerable homeless. Formally enrolling Miami-Dade County’s homeless continuum of care system into the “100,000 Homes” Campaign is a critical next step in the County’s approach to ending chronic homelessness. This program uses proven tools and protocols that identify the most vulnerable homeless and prioritize their needs for housing placement. This effectively means the local system of care for the homeless is moving from a first-come-first-serve approach, to a system where the most vulnerable receive care first.

“This is a game changer for Miami-Dade County,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “As part of the Homeless Trust’s 10-Point Strategies to End Chronic Homelessness, we are joining 100,000 Homes because their track-record is outstanding and we believe their evidence-based approach will be exactly what we need to meet HUD’s goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2015.  HUD’s priority is our priority.”

100,000 Homes is a national homeless program aimed at ending chronic homelessness.  More than  72,000 chronically homeless have been served, with the goal of helping 100,000 by July 2014.

It’s a four-pronged approach:

1) Utilize the “Housing First” approach, where the most vulnerable homeless are offered permanent housing and supportive services immediately, regardless of issues they may have related to substance abuse, mental illness or physical disabilities.

“This will have an immediate impact on the homeless and on downtown Miami,” said Book.  “The re-prioritization means we match them to appropriate housing and the right mix of services, and because we have worked with providers in the last several months to set aside more beds for the chronically homeless, we will have more beds to serve these chronic homeless clients.”

2) Know Who is Out There:  Trained outreach workers and volunteers will utilize a special assessment tool designed to assist in identifying risk factors, and help prioritize placement for the most vulnerable during a “Registry Week” in January.  This “registry” will allow the homeless system to match the neediest with the resources that become available.

3) Track Progress:  The Trust will track progress against monthly placement goals and report movement in housing the chronically homeless.

4) Improve Local Systems:  The Trust is already working to improve coordination among systems that often create homelessness and that provide resources to help homeless persons. Homeless Trust staff and key stakeholders have already been trained on the 100,000 Homes “registry” process. The first Registry Week is scheduled for January 20, 21 and 22. Volunteers are needed to help conduct in-depth interviews that will begin the prioritization process. Individuals interested in volunteering can email homelesstrust@miamidade.gov.

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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, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.

About 100K Homes: The 100,000 Homes Campaign, coordinated by Community Solutions, is a national movement of over 225 communities working together to permanently house 100,000 chronic and vulnerable homeless Americans by July of 2014. So far, participating communities have housed more than 73,000 individuals and families, including over 20,000 veterans, and many have more than doubled the pace at which they are moving their neighbors into permanent housing. Learn more at 100khomes.org.