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District 06 Newsletter
 Commissioner Rebeca Sosa

Dear Friends,

I want to share with you our accomplishments and the various Miami-Dade County Government services available to you.  If we continue to work together and find the positives, we will succeed. I invite you to visit the District 6 County website for updated news, join our mailing list, or write to me at District6@miamidade.gov.

With warmest regards,
Rebeca Sosa

Spring 2010 Newsletter
In the News....
Florida Regional Planning Council - Commissioner Sosa was appointed to the South Florida Regional Planning Council by Chairman Dennis C. Moss during the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, February 2, 2010.  The Council's mission is to identify the long-term challenges and opportunities facing Southeast Florida regional transportation.

New Committee Created - On August 26, 2009, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa was appointed Chairperson of the County's new Performance and Efficiency Commission by Chairman Dennis C. Moss.  The Committee will identify inefficiencies in how departments run and to improve any processes for better service for residents.

Laws Passed and Presented by Commissioner Sosa
  • Commissioner Sosa presented a resolution urging the Florida Legislature to pass legislation improving the screening process of people placed in positions of trust working with children, the elderly and the disabled.

  • A resolution was presented by Commissioner Sosa urging the Governor and Florida Legislature to maintain funding for critical programs for the elderly.

  • Commissioner Sosa presented and won approval of a resolution directing the Mayor to explore the possibility of expanding the Miami Beach Convention Center, including the development of a new on-site convention center hotel.

  • In her continued efforts to help residents, Commissioner Sosa won approval of a resolution she presented urging the Florida Legislature to pass laws that would provide homeowners and small businesses additional flexibility in making partial payments of property taxes.

  • Commissioner Sosa has urged the Florida Legislature to create and fund a State program to assist homeowners in addressing Chinese Drywall and asked the County Mayor to report on the prevalence of Chinese Drywall.

  • Commissioner Sosa continues advocating for the elderly, most recently she presented and obtained passage of a resolution urging Congress to increase funding targeted at fighting Medicare fraud. 
Urges Congress to reconsider flat Social Security COLA rate for 2010, rise in Medicare Part B premiums
In an effort to assist all seniors in Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Rebeca Sosa authored a resolution urging the U.S. Congress to pass legislation addressing the adverse effects of no Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for this year, coupled with likely increases in Medicare Part B premiums.
Tax Time: Avoid the Rush: Apply Now
The Property Appraiser's Office is now accepting applications for various tax exemptions provided by Florida law.  Deadline for applications is Monday, March 1, 2010.  For information, please call 305-375-4008.
Need Help in Paying Utility Bills?
Community Action Agency (LIHEAP Program) is accepting applications for assistance with electricity and gas bills.  For information, please contact 786-469-4640.
After-School Programs for Children Ages 6-14
Miami-Dade Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of affordable after-school programs for kids ages 6-14 at select parks Monday-Friday, from 2 pm - 6 pm through June 11, 2010.  For information, please call 305-755-7800
First Single-Family Mortgage Program Now Available to Homeowners in Miami-Dade
The Housing Finance Authority (HFA) of Miami-Dade County is issuing Mortgage Revenue Bonds for low-to-moderate-income homebuyers in Miami-Dade.  For information, please call 786-331-5361.
Adult Day Care
If you or someone you know needs assistance with an elderly relative or young adult that is functionally impaired, Adult Day Care may be able to help.  For information on a center near you, please call Miami-Dade County Department of Human Services at, 305-514-6000.
Save Money and Energy!
The Florida Energy-efficient Appliance Rebate Program will help Floridians lower utility costs and make their homes more energy-efficient. For more information on the program, visit Florida Energy and Climate.
Miami-Dade County's Head Start/Early Head Start Program Now Accepting Applications
Applications accepted for the 2010-2011 program year.  Miami-Dade Community Action Agency's (CAA) Head Start/Early Head Start Program will begin its open enrollment for the 2010-2011 program year, which will begin in August of 2010.  Applications are being accepted until April 30, 2010 for pregnant women and children ages two months to five (5) years old (after September 1, 2010). 

The program also provides services to families with children who are homeless.  Applications are available at all Head Start/Early Head Start centers and CAA Community Service Centers throughout Miami-Dade County.   Applications and a list of Head Start Centers may also be downloaded from the Community Action Agency website.

Stand Up and Be Counted....
In March 2010, every household in the United States will receive the Census questionnaire. Ten questions will take about ten minutes to complete and return, and individual answers are safe. By constitution and by law, no other government agencies or officials, including the President, can access individual data. Every Census Bureau worker takes an oath for life to protect the confidentiality of Census responses. The U. S. Census is easy, safe and important to all of us! Please make sure you are counted!
2nd Annual District 6 Toy Drive
toy driveMiami-Dade County Commissioner Rebeca Sosa brought the joy of the holiday season to the children of District 6 by hosting the 2nd Annual District 6 Toy Drive on Monday, December 14, 2009 at her District 6 office. Commissioner Sosa was joined by Santa Claus, Urbieta Oil Company representatives, the Miami-Dade County Police Explorers Post 513, and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as she presented toys to over 350 underprivileged kids in District 6.
Commissioner Sosa is Principal for a Day at local school
Commissioner Sosa is Principal for a Day at local schoolOn Tuesday, October 27, 2009, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sosa was honored to be Principal for a Day at South Hialeah Elementary School, where she enjoyed reading and playing with the children, who performed for her, gave her a tour of the school and presented her with a portrait picture commemorating her visit.
Local humanitarian medical group honored
humanitarian medical group honoredOn Thursday, December 17, 2009, Commissioner Sosa presented members of the Miami Medical Team Foundation (MMTF), a proclamation for the organization's outstanding humanitarian service. The MMTF is a non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the sanitary and medical conditions in Third World countries, particularly in nations hardest hit by natural and man-made catastrophes. Since it was founded in the 1980's the group has donated supplies and extended their medical/surgical services to citizens totaling 19 countries.
Contact Information

   District 6 Office                                      Downtown Office
1000 S.W. 57th Avenue                           111 N.W. 1st Street
Suite 201                                                  Suite 220
Miami, FL. 33144                                    Miami, FL. 33128
Office: 305-267-6377                              Office: 305-375-5696
Fax: 305-267-6366                                 Fax: 305-372-6090


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