Health & Human

Services a Top Priority 

Here are a few things the County did lately to improve the health, safety and wellbeing of residents. 

Children & Youth

 
  • Child care for nearly

    7,000 low-income children

    , ages 0-5, through Head Start/Early Head Start.
  • Development and educational programs for

    1000's of school children

    through the Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Program.
  • Work experience to

    100's of at-risk young adults

    , ages 18-23, by pairing them with community revitalization projects, through the Greater Miami Service Corps.  
  • Since we created the Juvenile Assessment Center in 1998, juvenile arrests have fallen more than

    50 percent

    .

Seniors

 
  • 765,699 meals

    to

    2,443 seniors

    who are home bound, at risk for malnutrition or attend one of our 24 senior centers.
  • Golden Passports to

    134,000 seniors

    65+.
  • Care for

    101 frail adults

    living independently in our Adult Living Facility.
  • This year, Miami-Dade County will provide

    437 seniors

    with personal care and homemaking services to allow them to remain in their homes and avoid premature or unnecessary institutional care.
  • This year, Miami-Dade County distributed more than

    220 free cell phones

    to seniors enabling them to dial

    9-1-1

    in the event of an emergency. 
  • Since 2006, more than

    100 homes

    have been repaired or reconstructed through the county's Senior Housing Assistance Repair Program (SHARP). Improvements include new roofs, hurricane impact windows and modifications to make bathroom and kitchens wheelchair accessible.

Disabled

 
  • Special Transportation Services (STS) for over

    25,000 individuals

    .
  • More than

    31,000 books-by-mail

    to residents who are chronically ill, disabled or frail.

Veterans

 
  • Patriot Passports to

    6,700+ veterans

    .

Homeless

 
  • Shelter for over

    14,000 homeless adults and children

    through emergency, transitional or permanent housing.
  • Public housing and Section 8 vouchers to more than

    50,000

    limited income individuals.
  • Affordable rental housing through the construction and rehabilitation of

    100's

    of rental units.
  • The Homeless Trust has helped reduce the number of people living on the street by

    2/3

    since 2005.

Sick

 
  • Health services to the poor through

    $137 million

    in financial support to The Public Health Trust.
  • Diversion, rehabilitative, prevention and intervention services. 
  • More than

    4,000 residents

    have enrolled in Miami-Dade Blue, a low-cost and high-quality health insurance plan for any County resident, which we help develop and manage.
  • Nearly

    10,000 needy

    Miami-Dade residents living with HIV or AIDS received help last year through Miami-Dade and the federal Ryan White program.

Other

 
  • Self-sufficiency services to residents, small businesses and young people through job training, small business grants, internships, scholarships and homeownership programs.
  • Social, recreational and volunteer opportunities for thousands of children and seniors at parks, libraries and senior centers.       
  • $14 million

    to

    100's of non-profit

    community organizations which provide services for seniors, children, immigrants, the abused and disabled.
  • Last summer, nearly

    400 young people

    learned about public service through internships with Miami-Dade County.
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