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Homeless
5:35 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Survey Concludes Miami-Dade's Treatment Of Homeless Is "Mixed Bag"

Miami-Dade County was applauded for its method of funding homeless services, but dinged for some laws on its books
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

A new national report found a general trend toward criminalizing the homeless, and criticized the laws of some areas in Florida. The report, published by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, looked at how municipalities treat the homeless.

It found more and more cities have banned activities like sleeping on sidewalks, sitting in public spaces or storing personal possessions outside.

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Housing
7:19 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Little Havana Development Gives Homes To Nearly 200 People

Amistad is the newest affordable housing development from Carrfour Supportive Housing and Pinnacle Housing Group
Credit Wilson Sayre

 

Almost 200 people now have a place to call home in an affordable housing development just opened in Little Havana.

In addition to a roof, kitchens and beds for low-income and formerly homeless people, Amistad’s 89 apartments offer supportive housing services:

“We do case management, we do employment and training services, we do life-skills training, we do parenting-skills trainings, we do activities with the kids,” says Stephanie Berman, president of Carrfour Supportive Housing.

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News
2:04 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Homeless Shelter For The John Does Hopes To Build Trust

The Open Door Shelter will provide a night's stay for those hardest to get off the streets.
Credit Wilson Sayre

The Salvation Army of Broward County has opened the doors to a new facility that could help up to 45 people every night. But the cots at the Open Door Shelter are more about building trust than getting sleep.

Alyse Gossman is the volunteer coordinator for the Salvation Army in Broward County.

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Living
4:51 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Delray Joins Other South Florida Cities Cracking Down On Panhandling

Delray Beach may join other South Florida cities in cutting down on panhandling.
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Life for panhandlers in South Florida is getting harder. Delray Beach may join several other South Florida cities in cracking down on the practice.

The city is not trying to outright ban panhandling, like it has been in some areas in Miami, but it is trying to legislate panhandling politeness.

The city is looking to add language to the municipal code defining what panhandling is and where it should be avoided. For example, it shouldn't happen within 15 feet of a sidewalk cafe or at bus stops.

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Living
10:57 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Fort Lauderdale May Limit Homeless' Ability To Urinate In Public

Fort Lauderdale may crack down on homeless individuals urinating outside.
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Update: The Fort Lauderdale City Commission unanimously passed both ordinances on first reading. The second reading will most likely be scheduled for the next commission meeting on May, 6.

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How does a city strike a balance between the needs of the homeless and the needs of those around them? Those questions will be put to the Fort Lauderdale City Commission as they consider two provisions on the agenda at Tuesday’s commission meeting.

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Housing And Urban Development
8:22 am
Tue April 15, 2014

$30 Million To Miami-Dade Homeless Programs

HUD's Continuum of Care Program funds housing and other services for the homeless.
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has released its list of organizations that will receive funding through the Continuum of Care Program this year. But this year programs are getting 5 percent less money than usual.

The Continuum of Care Program gives money to homeless assistance programs like housing and counseling services. It also funds emergency services to keep people off the street in the first place.

The budget squeezing that happened last year is now coming down the pipe into communities this year.

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Homeless
7:45 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Britto Meters Still Confuse Drivers, Passersby

Stephen Sawitz with one of his "Britto meters" in the parking lot of Joe's Stone Crab.
Credit Wilson Sayre

It’s a cool Saturday night and Anthony Rolle pulls his blue Infiniti into the parking lot at Joe’s Stone Crab on South Beach, where he’s headed for dinner. He gets out and drops a quarter into the meter in front of his space.

Rolle starts to look a little puzzled. The meter is painted bright yellow with hearts, flowers and cozy-looking houses. This is not a normal parking meter. It's not actually a parking meter at all.

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Homeless
3:17 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

It's Done: Changes To Pottinger Settlement Approved

Changes to Pottinger settlement have been approved.
Credit Wilson Sayre

Protecting the rights of Miami's Homeless since 1998, Federal Judge Federico Moreno has approved changes to the Pottinger settlement. The revisions were reached through mediation between the city of Miami and the ACLU.

Moreno commented before giving his final ruling that this was a different type of class-action suit because it was not about money. Instead, the question at stake is "how do we help people also also help the community grow," he said.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Eliminating Chronic Homelessness in Miami by 2015?

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02/27/14 - Thursday's Topical Currents begins with an update on the plight of the homeless in Miami–Dade.  The federal Department of Health and Urban Development (HUD) have mandated that funded agencies eliminate chronic homelessness in 2015.  Is it possible?  We’ll speak with two board members of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust.  And more . . .

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News
3:48 pm
Sun February 23, 2014

Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado May Have Mixed Up His Numbers

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In our If I Were Mayor interview with Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado, we asked him a few questions about the state of homelessness in the area.

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Living
7:42 pm
Mon February 10, 2014

Miami-Dade Homeless-Count Tallies 350 More Than Last Year

There are more homeless people living in Miami-Dade County than before.
Credit Wilson Sayre

After a night-long count a few weeks ago, Miami-Dade County has just released the newest numbers. In total, 4,156 homeless people live in Miami-Dade County. Eight-hundred and forty people are living on the street, about the same as previous counts.

But this census also tallies the number of homeless sleeping in shelters, in hotels and transitional housing. That number is 3,316, about 200 more than in August and 353 more than last year. Most of those people were in hotels or motels, placed there as part of a program designed for struggling families.

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Homelessness
6:53 pm
Sun January 12, 2014

City Of Miami Approves Changes To Homeless Protections

The Miami City Commission approved changes to an historic settlement that protected the rights of the homeless.
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Behind closed doors on Wednesday, the Miami City Commission approved major changes to the Pottinger settlement.

The historic court agreement has protected the rights of Miami’s homeless since it first went into effect in 1998. The original Pottinger agreement protected what’s called "life sustaining activities" like sleeping on the street, lighting fires for cooking and urinating in public — all without being arrested.

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How Much Is Enough?
5:42 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Who Is Winning The War On Poverty?

50 years after President Johnson's War on Poverty, how are we doing?
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This Jan. 8 marks the 50th anniversary of former President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty, which left a checkered legacy after 1960s policies to combat growing poverty. We thought this marked an appropriate time to take stock of how local communities are doing.

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Education
2:19 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

For Homeless Students, College Enrollment Means A Roof Over Their Heads

Sierra DuBose outside of Lotus House, the shelter where she lives.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

It is college-application season, which means high-school seniors across the country are scrambling to write personal statements, list all their extracurricular activities and take the SATs.

Sierra DuBose is one of those seniors, enrolled at Miami Edison Senior High, but she is also one of almost 7,000 kids in the Miami-Dade public-school system who are homeless. That's about 2 percent of the student population.

Sierra currently lives in a shelter for women called Lotus House, on the edge of Overtown.

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Giving
5:49 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Students Create Blueprints For The Homeless' Future

Students and judges listen to one of the presentations.
Credit Wilson Sayre

In observation of Homeless Awareness Week, students at Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) have created models of possible living solutions for the homeless.

Each student in Eric Hankin’s architecture class designed a small apartment plan that had to include all the necessities of a regular apartment.

On Thursday, the students presented their models to professional architects for judging and feedback. The students were judged based on the creativity, feasibility and presentation of their design. 

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