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 1% 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 which 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 which 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.
Josie Legido Correa
Business Development Manager
Juneau Construction Company
Hilda M. Fernandez
Chief Executive Officer
Oliver G. Gilbert III
City of Miami Gardens
Carlos A. Gimenez
Carlos Fernandez Guzman
Pacific National Bank
Homeless/Formerly Homeless Forum, Inc.
President & CEO
Public Health Trust
Jackson Health Systems
Patrick G. Morris
Community Affairs Officer South Florida
Wells Fargo Bank
Dennis C. Moss
Commissioner, District 9
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