Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Community Action Agency (CAA) welcome the Florida Association of Community Action (FACA) for their 2nd Annual “Symposium on Poverty.” The symposium will bring together Florida law makers, local and state community leaders and concerned residents to formulate the agenda for the Florida Commission on Poverty. The Symposium will be held at the Miami-Dade College Wolfson Campus on Thursday, October 6, 2011, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public and the community is invited to attend and to be a part of the legislative process of establishing the agenda for a Florida Commission on Poverty.
“Miami-Dade County is honored to be the host city for this important event and to be at the forefront of creating legislative change for our state,” said Mayor Gimenez.
During last year's symposium the ground work was established for the Florida Commission on Poverty as FACA Board of Directors initiated the efforts required to begin the process. John Edwards, FACA Board Legislative Committee Chair and national board chair of the Community Action Partnership based in Washington, DC, has garnered the support of Representative Alan Williams, Florida House of Representatives, to draft the legislative bill.
“This year we are focused on setting the agenda for the Florida Commission on Poverty. Community leaders will be in attendance and an invitation has been extended to the community at large. Our goal is to work diligently with the support of key partners to address the needs of Floridians such as workers trying to find jobs; families in need of adequate health care; and ensuring that all children receive a quality education and other critically essential programs and services that are provided through Florida CAA's” said, Julie Edwards, Executive Director, Community Action Agency.
FACA Board Chairman, William Holt said, “For the past three years, Florida leads the United States in economically disadvantaged individuals and families. More than 500,000 people were newly categorized as economically disadvantaged between 2007 and 2010, which brought that total number to 2.7 million and increased the percentage from 12.1% to a staggering 14.9%. No matter how many poverty symposiums are held there will never be an organized effort or emphasis placed on the poor without the establishment of a state wide commission designed to recognize and recommend the changes needed to attack poverty in a systematic manner. FACA is championing the charge of creating this commission as a 'Moral Right' for the people of Florida.”
For information about the symposium and the programs and services provided by the Miami-Dade Community Action Agency call 786-469-4600 or visit us on the web at www.miamidade.gov/caa . For information about the Florida Association of Community Action, please call 850-224-4774 or on the web at www.faca.org .