Miami-Dade Homeless Trust seeks public input

 

The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is seeking public input on the new strategies and initiatives it plans to adopt to implement the county’s master homeless plan.

Founded in 1993, the trust is the county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade commission. which is charged with the responsibility of implementing the county homeless plan.

Earlier this month, trust’s board voted on new approaches designed to further align local programs with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s priorities aimed at ending chronic homelessness by 2015.

The board reviewed the core strategies and initiatives of the plan as approved in 1994, as well as the additional essential elements included in 2004, and developed new initiatives and strategies designed to further align the key categories of the plan to the current identified policies and priorities identified by the USHUD.

These new approaches include an increased emphasis on the Housing First approach to housing – an evidence-based model that has been highly successful in addressing the needs of the chronic homeless A focus on Rapid Re-Housing programs, as well as other permanent supportive housing solutions, are also incorporated into the new local priorities approved by USHUD.

A copy of the approved alignments to the plan, called Priority Home,which reflect these additional initiative and strategies, as well as updates on the implementation of the core plan strategies and initiatives, is available for comment at www.homelesstrust.org. Please submit any comments to hildafernandez@miamidade.gov by no later than Wed., Jan. 1, 2014.

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