The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust serves as the lead agency for Miami-Dade County’s homeless Continuum of Care (CoC), responsible for the oversight, planning and operations of the entire CoC including:
- Administering proceeds of a one-percent (1%) Food and Beverage Tax. Miami-Dade had the first dedicated funding source for homelessness in the United States – a unique 1percent Food and Beverage Tax which is foundational to the funding of the Homeless Trust today.
- Implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan: Priority Home which provides a framework for preventing and ending homelessness in Miami-Dade County.
- Serving as the collaborative applicant for federal and state funding opportunities.
- Administering grants and overseeing operations and fiscal activities for over 120 housing and services programs operated by more than 20 competitively selected non-profit providers and government entities.
- Managing Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), the local technology system used to collect client-level data on the provision of housing and services to homeless individuals and families and persons at risk of homelessness.
- Developing policy and serving in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners on issues involving homelessness.
- Pursue a dedicated source of funding/private sector funding
- Create a body with diverse representation to implement plan
- Research best practices to address homelessness and develop goals for implementation
This tax is collected on all food and beverage sales in restaurants that gross more than $400,000 a year and are licensed by the State of Florida to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises, except for hotels and motels. The tax is collected throughout Miami-Dade County with the exception of facilities in Miami Beach, Surfside and Bal Harbour. The levying of the tax required the creation of a community plan. The Homeless Trust Board created by county ordinance is responsible for the implementation of the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan: Priority Home.
Chapman Partnership serves as the private sector partner to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and is commissioned by the Homeless Trust to operate two Homeless Assistance Centers which have assisted more than 100,000 individuals and families during its 20+ year history.As a result of the CoC’s work, under the leadership of the Homeless Trust, unsheltered homelessness in Miami-Dade has gone from more than 8,000 people fewer than 1,100 persons. In 2019, the Homeless Trust recorded record low homeless totals. Currently, the Homeless Trust has more than 8,000 beds/units in its Housing Inventory Count dedicated to serving persons who are homeless and formerly homeless
The Homeless Trust is led by a 27-member Board of Trustees that includes representation from the city and business community, elected officials, formerly homeless persons, religious leaders and homeless advocates. The full Board meets monthly. Meetings are broadcast live. Archived meetings are also available to the public.
Board of Trustees
Ronald L. Book, Esq.
Rabbi Solomon Schiff
Judge Steven Leifman
11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
New Hope CORPS
City of Miami Beach
Regional Managing Director
Florida Department of Children and Families
Cleveland Bell III
Neighbors 4 Neighbors
Alberto M. Carvalho
Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami Homes for All, Inc.
Hilda M. Fernandez
Chief Executive Officer
Oliver G. Gilbert III
Commissioner, District 1
Carlos Fernandez Guzman
Pacific National Bank
Daniella Levine Cava
Commissioner, District 2
Homeless/Formerly Homeless Forum, Inc.
President & CEO
Public Health Trust
Jackson Health System
Patrick G. Morris
Community Affairs Officer South Florida
Wells Fargo Bank
City of Miami
Vice President of Resident Services
Carrfour Supportive Housing
Father Patrick O'Neil
Greater Miami Religious Leaders Coalition
City of Miami
Pauline Clarke Trotman
Better Way of Miami
Miami Rescue Mission
Victoria L. Mallette
- Executive Committee
- Finance and Audit Committee
- Housing and Services Development Committee
- Performance Evaluation Committee
- CoC Subcommittee
- Youth Homelessness Working Group
The Homeless Trust is committed to addressing racial disparity among persons experiencing homelessness. The Trust recognizes the existence of racial disparity in numerous public sectors and seeks to advance equitable access to housing and service resources for high need individuals and families and those who experience episodic or chronic homelessness.
Data has shown people of color are overrepresented as a portion of the homeless population. While black persons represent approximately 18 percent of the population, they comprise about 57 percent of the homeless population. Additionally, 66 percent of families experiencing homelessness are black. The Trust is proud to say that we have looked at our data and we are exiting people of color to permanent housing at approximately the same rate with which they enter homelessness. However, it’s clear disparities exist and we are just beginning to understand the root causes of why this is occurring and what systems are contributing to these disparities Risk assessments with our contracted providers are underway.
Among the questions they are being asked by the Trust:
- Has your agency adopted a racial equity statement?
- Have you looked at the racial composition of your board and staff?
- Have you taken steps to identify and understand underlying reasons for the disparate experience of homelessness?
The Trust is doing the same and looking at data regularly, reviewing the composition of its Board and Committees, and including the voices of people with lived experience in decision-making. Additionally, the organization has adopted Restorative Justice practice and adopted a Systemwide Housing First framework that promotes housing first and foremost without service participation requirements and barriers to entry.
The Homeless Trust is also part of a nationwide youth challenge called The Grand Challenge which is focused on ending youth homelessness (18-24), particularly for youth of color and youth in the LGTBQ community. Miami-Dade County’s Homeless Trust is one of 10 communities leading this work through a Youth Homelessness Working Group involving key community partners.