Health and Human Services
To provide a safe and secure community through coordinated efficient and effective professional, courteous public safety services.
Health and Human Services
Our health and human services departments are among the best in the country with highly talented workers who are committed to serve the residents of this county. By streamlining the delivery of resources to targeted communities including children, seniors, and families, Miami- Dade County is comprehensively addressing the needs of individuals and families from early childhood to late adulthood through advocacy, education, and service delivery.
• Fiscal year 2011-12 has been a year of significant milestones in the County’s efforts to improve access to primary care and insurance coverage through strategies developed by the Office of Countywide Healthcare Planning.
• The three-year County partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida has resulted in more than 11,000 residents becoming insured.
• The innovative premium assistance program for residents struggling to make ends meet continues to be successful, with an additional $250,000 in State and Federal funds being allocated for a cumulative award amount of $1 million. The program serves as a precursor to our innovative and visionary partnership between the County’s major hospital providers of charity care to expand the number of low- cost comprehensive insurance products offered to our residents with cutting-edge consumer education in choosing health insurance and employing effective health practices.
• Head Start/Early Head Start increased the number of children it serves by 500 while fully delegating the provision of direct educational services to 17 contracted agencies including Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Easter Seals, and YWCA.
• To assist our elderly residents in maintaining an independent lifestyle, CAHS provided an array of services to our community’s seniors:
• In-home support, personal care, homemaker and housekeeping and maintenance chores were provided for over 380 seniors;
• 282,304 congregate meals were served to elderly clients at 22 meal sites;
• and 344,130 meals were provided to high-risk elderly clients.
• In FY 2011-2012, the Senior & Low-Income High Efficiency Plumbing Retrofit Project program installed a total of 925 high efficiency toilets, showerheads, and kitchen and bath aerators in 700 homes. Based on estimates reported by the Miami-Dade County Water and Sewer Department, the program saves a total of 1.6 million gallons of water each month.
• The Cooperative Extension Florida yards & Neighborhoods Urban Conservation Unit collaborated with the Water and Sewer Department to teach water conservation by offering free irrigation evaluations and financial incentives to homeowner associations and single-family homes. An estimated 1.54 million gallons of water per day will be saved and participating homeowners save an estimated 33,785 gallons of water per day.
• The Public Housing and Community Development (PHCD) maintained a HUD occupancy rate of 95 percent in 2012. With 9,200+ County-owned housing units, PHCD is among the 10 largest housing authorities in the nation, providing affordable rental housing to thousands of low-income elderly and families.
• In 2012, four Tot Lots at South Dade public housing developments were completed, delivering on a commitment to provide safe and creative places for children through the Quality Neighborhoods Improvements Programs.
• Six County-owned public housing sites were awarded approximately $87 million in nine percent Low Income Housing tax credits by the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. These awards represent a major private-public partnership investment and an opportunity to upgrade 685 units of public housing stock with sustainable design solutions by the end of 2013.
• Northpark at Scott Carver, a HOPE VI revitalization project, was completed and occupied by the end of 2012. This mixed-income community features 354 new units and amenities, including a community building with a pool and a playground. Residents can access supportive services such as career training, education, and employment resources. Additionally, $16.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds provided for the inclusion of green initiatives at Northpark.
• The Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) committed $62.2 million of NSP1 funds to eligible activities to enhance the economic recovery of neighborhoods most seriously affected by the ongoing foreclosure crisis. The County is on track to expand all of the funds by March 2013. The County received an additional $20 million in NSP3 funds of which over $17 million have been committed to three eligible multi-family projects. Two multifamily residential projects are slated for completion by the end of 2012: Kings Terrace, a 300-unit reconstruction, and Southpoint Crossings, a 122-unit renovation project.
• Utilizing $19.3 million in ARRA funds for capital projects, new roofs, elevators upgrades, new fire protection systems, window replacements, and handicap accessibility upgrades were made in public housing properties.
• Achieving the American dream of homeownership was realized when 65 new homes were sold to very low and moderate-income first time home buyers through the Infill Housing Program.
• One hundred and one low-moderate income families in Miami-Dade County became first time homebuyers in 2012 through assistance from the County’s Second Mortgage Program, which provides second mortgage subsidies to eligible applicants.
• Miami-Dade County was awarded a total of $28.3 million in homeless program funding by U.S. HUD in 2012.
• Through the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, over 15,000 homeless adults and children were placed into emergency, transitional, or permanent housing, and 444 women and children were provided domestic violence emergency shelter beds:
• 9,084 homeless adults and children were placed into emergency housing;
• 1,231 homeless adults and children were placed into transitional housing;
• and 4,756 formerly homeless adults and children were placed into permanent housing.
• The County’s Coordinated Victims Assistance Center (CVAC), where victims of crimes can access a range of services through thirty-eight partner agencies in one location, serves approximately 3,300 clients and is the only facility of its kind in the Southeastern United States.
• Approximately 493 survivors of domestic violence and their families were served in the Community Action and Human Services Department’s (CAHS) domestic violence shelter and safety support system. Approximately 284 survivors were transitioned to permanent housing.Back to Top Page Last Edited: Wed Feb 6, 2013 10:01:58 AM
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