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Miami-Dade County supports social safety nets to assist underprivileged children, adults and elderly residents with vital health care, education, affordable housing and other social service programs.

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Total Homeless

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  • Total Homeless = 4,392

The homeless population has significantly decreased over the last four years.


  • The Homeless Trust helped 14,924 people find permanent, transitional,
    or emergency housing. As a result, the number of homeless residents declined to 4,392, a seven percent decrease from the previous year.
  • Meals provided to needy seniors through Meals on WheelsAdult Day Care, Senior Centers and Elderly Congregate and Meal sites programs amounted to 433,811 meals -- a 17.7 percent decrease from the previous year.
  • Early childhood development and education services provided by the Community Action Agency and the Department of Human Services served an average of 47,830 children per month, a 33 percent increase from the previous year. 
  • The Miami-Dade Housing Agency continues to face numerous operational challenges. The occupancy rate for the more than 9,000 public housing units remained constant at 93.9 percent in 2007. Through the federally-funded Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program over 12,000 units on average were made available to eligible families.


Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide disadvantaged children with educational, health, nutritional, and social services that may not be available to them otherwise.

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