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Health and Human Services

Health and human services provided to the residents of Miami-Dade County are among the best in the country with highly talented workers who are committed to serving the needs of our residents. By streamlining the delivery of resources to targeted communities, including children, seniors and families, the County’s Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD), which oversees our Health and Human Services, is comprehensively addressing the needs of individuals and families, from early childhood to late adulthood, through advocacy, education and service delivery.

Health and Human Services

 

• The CAHSD assisted more than 442 elderly residents in maintaining an independent lifestyle within their own homes. An array of services was provided including in-home support, personal care, homemaker and housekeeping and maintenance chores. In addition, the Department served 284,305 congregate meals to elderly clients at 22 meal sites throughout the County and provided 353,160 meals to elderly clients who have been determined to be at high-risk of malnutrition.

• As part of the CAHSD’s efforts to support senior centers in 2013, Master and Doctoral level interns were assigned to Adult Day-Care centers and to Disability Services in order to provide individual, group and family counseling and assist participants with the aging process and/or their disabilities. The ultimate goal is to improve the participants’ quality of life.

• In addition, renovations under way of the Seymour Gelber Adult Day Center at the Kendall Cottages will create a state of the art facility specializing in activities for seniors and persons with disabilities. CAHSD also partnered with the Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, to provide arts and crafts and low impact exercise for seniors at eight senior meal sites.

• In 2013, CAHSD’s Domestic Violence Division and 24 agency partners served approximately 3,300 clients at the Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC) which is the only facility of its type in the Southeastern United States. CVAC is a one stop, multi-disciplinary center, where victims of domestic violence can access a range of services in one location.

• Approximately 493 survivors of domestic violence and their families were served in the Department’s domestic violence shelter and safety support system, and approximately 284 survivors of domestic violence were assisted to transition to permanent housing by CAHSD.

• The Family and Community Services Division of CAHSD also served 170,499 residents through the Department’s neighborhood service centers, including utility and rental assistance, computer training, employability skills training, immigration information and referral, affordable housing information, youth development activities, and citizen participation and advocacy. In addition, 22,616 low-income households received emergency utility assistance preventing disconnection of services.

• During Fiscal Year 2012-2013, the Department assisted 1,805 Veterans and/or their dependents with the completion and submission of claims to the Federal Veterans Administration. Approximately 300 homeless veterans were assisted with transitional housing placement.

• Family security and stability were maintained for 1,554 households preventing homelessness and interruption of basic needs, through emergency rent/mortgage assistance, relocation assistance, utility assistance and/or food/clothing assistance.

• The South Florida Workforce Investment Board (SFWIB) had a significant positive impact on our community, investing $61.2 million in employment and training initiatives, and generated $1.05 billion in direct economic impact in the form of salaries and wages.

• Through the SFWIB, 55,292 job-seekers found jobs and 148,629 received employment and training services.

• The Public Housing and Community Development Department (PHCD), which is among the ten largest housing authorities in the nation providing affordable rental housing to thousands of low-income seniors and families, successfully maintained a HUD occupancy rate of 95% for fiscal year 2013.

• PHCD invested $21.3 million of Surtax, HOME fand CDBG funds to help build 14 multifamily rental communities providing 1,112 units of affordable housing -- part of a combined actual cost of $190 million. The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP3) Round 3 funds of $18.9 million contributed to providing 327 affordable housing units in the County, including three multifamily developments -- Northside Transit Village in Liberty City, Hampton Village in Brownsville, and Town Center Apartments in Opa-locka.f

• PHCD’s Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program assisted an additional 1,000 families with subsidized housing rental assistance in the private market. Additionally, the Program, through HUD’s Family Self-Sufficiency Program Grant, hosted two job fairs that resulted in 20 job placements, 11 participants improved their credit score, 31 participants increased their earned income, and 87 participants achieved or maintained positive escrow accounts.

• PHCD received a $3.5 million emergency grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Capital Fund Emergencies and Natural Disasters fund to provide urgent repairs for two elderly public housing communities, Ward Tower, a 200-unit elderly development located in the northwest section of Miami, and Haley Sofge Towers, a 475-unit community in Little Havana.

• PHCD also completed financial closings on six public-private development partnership projects: Dante Fascell, Joe Moretti (Brickell site), Stirrup Plaza, South Miami Plaza, Jack Orr Plaza and Green Turnkey -- with total development costs of over $95 million. The majority of the funding was provided from Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and will result in 116 new public housing units and 569 substantially rehabilitated public housing units.

• The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust invested $31.8 million in homeless program funding for housing and services, awarded to Miami-Dade County by U.S. HUD through a competitive funding process in 2013. This included 4 new projects, resulting in 131 new housing units. Over 12,000 homeless adults and children were placed into emergency, transitional or permanent housing.

• A total of 53,629 calls were made to the Homeless Helpline for the period of November 2012 through October 2013. This represents over 38,000 calls from last year, or a 72% increase in the number of individuals and families calling the helpline seeking assistance.

• The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust hosted the 6th Annual Miami-Dade County Teen Court Youth Speaking Out Against Violence Conference: Inspiring Peaceful Change on May 1, 2013 and The Juvenile Justice Forum on May 6, 2013, furthering my commitment to youth safety.

• CAHSD continues to administer the Head Start/Early Head Start Program, which serves approximately 7,234 children and families in Miami-Dade County.

 

 

 

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