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Health and Human Services

Health and Human Services

The health and human services available to residents of Miami-Dade County are among the best in the country. Departments such as Community Action and Human Services, Public Housing and Community Development, and the Homeless Trust connect residents with talented social service and health professionals assisting the communities most in need. Their efforts are among the most vital as we strive to build healthy and empowered communities.

• The Public Housing and Community Development Department (PHCD) continues to provide much needed, new affordable public housing units. Public-private partnerships enable cost effective solutions for residents seeking affordable housing. In 2014, PHCD acquired Collins Parks Apartments, a new, privately-owned 124-unit housing development, and converted it into public housing. Staff worked alongside the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and a local developer to make the conversion possible and meet HUD standards.

• The Homeless Trust Homeless Helpline received more than 70,000 calls, a 24 percent increase in the number of individuals and families calling the helpline for assistance.

• PHCD and the Homeless Trust strengthened their partnership in order to implement and administer the Continuum of CARE Homeless Assistance Program grant funded by HUD, which provides both rental assistance payments and supportive services to the homeless. Miami-Dade County receives approximately $30 million to facilitate both transitional and permanent housing for more than 8,000 homeless residents.

• PHCD and CareerSource South Florida collaborated to establish a Re-Employment Center at the Edison Courts public housing development. This center will serve as a hub for public housing residents, and the surrounding community, to receive training and employment readiness skills, and will feature workshops, employment assessments and job placement services.

• More homeless veterans will have access to affordable housing as the result of the allocation of 34 additional HUD Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing Choice Vouchers, bringing the total number of vouchers to 204. Additionally, more than 1,600 veterans and their dependents received assistance completing and submitting claims to the Veterans Administration.

• A Family Self-Sufficiency Program Coordinator Grant in the amount of $216,000 was awarded in 2014 to help Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher participants become more self sufficient, reducing their dependency on welfare and/or rental assistance.

• The Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust’s Homeowner Assistance Program provided 348 first-time homebuyers across the County with down payment and closing costs assistance.

• The Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) opened the $9.5 million Lillie M. Williams Head Start Center, which provides comprehensive child development services for low-income children, and can accommodate 80 preschoolers and 16 infants/toddlers. The center is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facility, which incorporates the latest in energy efficiency technology into the building.

• The Head Start program implemented a Science, Technology, Engineer and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum, funded through the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, at multiple sites through a partnership with the Patricia and Philip Frost Museum of Science. Through STEM curriculum, the Head Start program is preparing our future scientists, engineers and computer designers.

• The Greater Miami Service Corps launched Service Works, the largest youth service initiative in the country supported by the Citi Foundation, Points of Light and the Corporation for National and Community Service. This project provides leadership services to 400 young adults in our community.

• Teen Court expanded its student court to 15 public high schools by offering Student Court. This forum provides students who violate school rules an alternative to suspension.

• JSD launched its Trends for Success Boutique, created by the Miami-Dade County Youth Commission. The boutique provides clients with free business attire for job interviews. Its goal is to assist clients in “dressing the part” while coordinating with community partners to provide job development and marketability skills.

• More than 297,000 meals were served to the elderly at 22 sites throughout the County. A total of 423,309 meals were provided to elderly clients who were at high-risk of malnutrition.

• Nearly 10,000 low-income residents who are living with HIV and AIDS have received access to medical care and support services through a federal grant totaling approximately $26.2 million.

• Troops for Fitness is engaging adults of all ages in physical activity that improves health and brings neighbors together, while employing our military veterans.

• Over 1,600 veterans and their families received assistance filing claims to the federal Veterans Administration. Additionally, about 300 homeless veterans were placed in transitional housing.

• Provided comprehensive culturally and linguistically tailored substance abuse treatment and intervention services to over 5,200 individuals through several treatment programs.








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