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For Immediate Release:
December 27, 2013
Media Contact:
Lisa Mozloom
lisa.mozloom@themnetwork.com
305-528-5341

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Board Aligns Community Plan on Homelessness with Federal Priorities to End Chronic Homelessness

Public invited to comment on "Priority Home" Plan by January 1st


The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is seeking public comment on new strategies and initiatives developed as part of its implementation of the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan.  The Homeless Trust Board voted earlier this month on new approaches designed to further align local programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (USHUD) priorities aimed at ending Chronic homelessness by 2015.

On December 6, 2013, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Board, acting in its capacity as the Continuum of Care Board for the Miami-Dade County Continuum of Care, completed a review of the implementation of the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. The Board reviewed the core strategies and initiatives of the Plan as approved in 1994, as well as the additional essential elements included in 2004, and developed new initiatives and strategies designed to further align the key categories of the Plan to the current identified policies and priorities identified by the USHUD. These additional initiatives and strategies build around the core Plan, which includes housing (Emergency, Transitional, Permanent and Rapid Re-Housing), outreach, and supportive services.

“As the primary funder of homeless services, it is crucial that we listen to what USHUD tells us are their priorities and recommended approaches to addressing homelessness,” said Homeless Trust Chairman, Ronald L. Book.  “As fiduciaries of the public’s dollars, it is critical that  our Community Homeless Plan is in lock-step with USHUD’s own strategic plan.  We are confident that these new initiatives  build on the core elements of our Plan, created twenty years ago, and incorporate the research-based, results-driven strategies that will help us to meet our goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2015. We need to make sure we are investing our limited resources on these proven strategies.”

These new approaches include an increased emphasis on the Housing First approach to housing – an evidence-based model that has been highly successful in addressing the needs of the Chronic Homeless (individuals who have a disabling condition and have been homeless for more than a year, or more than four times in three years). A focus on Rapid Re-Housing programs, as well as other permanent supportive housing solutions, are also incorporated into the new local priorities, as USHUD has indicated their support of communities that adopt long-term strategies to serve these high-need and highly vulnerable populations.

A copy of the approved alignments to the Plan, called PRIORITY HOME, reflecting these additional initiative and strategies, as well as updates on the implementation of the core Plan strategies and initiatives, is available for comment at www.homelesstrust.org. Please submit any comments to hildafernandez@miamidade.gov by no later than Wednesday, January 1, 2014.

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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.