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Community Resource Centers

Community Action and Human Services' Community Service Centers provide a variety of social services to economically disadvantaged individuals and families interested in achieving self-sufficiency.

The centers offer a variety of core services:

Afterschool Program

Care to Share Program

The Care to Share Program is a private donor funded program that provides assistance to low income individuals with their FPL electric bill one time a year with final notices and/or disconnections. Care to Share funds will be provided to eligible applicants who are in imminent danger of having their electrical service disconnected and have experienced a crisis within the last 30 days. The Program will pay final notices and/or disconnections for eligible individuals during the time LIHEAP is not providing this service.

Citizen Involvement & Participation

The Citizen Involvement Participation is designed to increase the capacity of the residents in 16 Community Action & Human Services targeted areas to become more empowered as stakeholders in their communities. Structured activities and coordinated initiatives are implemented to promote and foster community improvement and revitalization in neighborhoods where low income citizens reside.

With a force on community empowerment through maximum feasible participation, citizens receive support, training and assistance from professionally trained Community Organizers, in the enhancement of their roles as advocates for the targeted communities. The Division utilizes a community “grassroots approach”, which encompasses a team oriented strategy deployed by its Citizen Participation and Community Service Center Staff.

Computer Training

Low-income individuals who have a desire to learn about computers, or have an interest in entering the workforce in a computer-related field, are provided instruction and training in the use of personal computers, as well as training to develop basic office skills.

Energy Assistance Program (EHEAP)

This program provides energy assistance to low income low-income households, with at least one person age 60 and older, when the households are experiencing a home energy emergency. A home energy emergency may result from a delinquent utility bill or the receipt of a disconnection notice. If you local center does not provide this service, please inquire about the LIHEAP or Care to Share programs.

Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food & Shelter Program provides assistance to customers experiencing a one-time crisis situation which interrupts their ability to pay utility bills/rent/mortgage or secure necessary food. The program also provides assistance for temporary shelter on a limited basis. The customer must be able to document the crisis and show ability to maintain expenses after the receipt of the emergency assistance.

Employment Preparation & Training

The Employment Preparation & Training assistance is provided to low income individuals as they seek and retain employment in the public and private sector. This process includes job coaching, employability skills training, and job referrals. Job developers are available on site at several of the Community Enrichment Centers to facilitate employment preparation.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department’s Accion Center provides English speaking classes to non-English speaking low income individuals. Currently we are providing English courses for Spanish speakers. Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 2:00 p.m. There is a $30 registration fee. ESOL classes are available at select centers. Please call to confirm eligibility and enrollment periods.

Family Development

The Family Development Project is a collaborative process between low income families and Miami-Dade Community Action & Human Services Department. Targeted families are provided with a family support system designed to identify, reduce and or remove social barriers and promote economic independence and self-sufficiency within five years.

Family and Child Empowerment - Project F.A.C.E.

This is an intense in-center and home based family oriented intervention, training and advocacy program for children diverted from the juvenile system.

Farm Share Food Distribution

Housing Assistance Network of Dade (HAND) Program

Immigration Assistance

Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department’s Accion Center provides classes to prepare individuals going though the naturalization process for the Citizenship Test. The course covers American history, laws and the legal system, general knowledge, and Citizenship Test prep. In addition, provides English courses for Spanish speakers. There is a $30 registration fee. ESOL classes are available at select centers. Please call to confirm eligibility and enrollment periods.

Information & Referrals

Assist customers with direction on how to seek services in the areas of housing/shelters, education, employment, childcare, homelessness, nutrition, mental health, food stamps, and any other information as needed or requested.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP provides assistance to low-income individuals and families who are experiencing financial difficulty with paying their electric and gas utility bills.

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Low-income individuals can have their 2016 taxes prepared and filed electronically at select CAHSD Service Centers, from Jan. 23 - through April 14, 2017.

Voter Registration

Provides applications for customers who are U.S. citizens to obtain a voter’s registration card, in an effort to make sure all citizens of Miami-Dade County including those in low-income areas have the opportunity to vote.

Additional information regarding our Community Service Centers and the programs and services available, is available by contacting the center directly or by calling 786-469-4640.


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