The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust seeks public comment on policies and procedures online prior to formal presentation before the Homeless Trust Board and committees.
Members of the public may also participate in Reasonable Opportunity for the Public to be Heard prior to the meeting by sending an e-mail message to email@example.com or leave a voice mail message by calling 305-679-0190.
Please be sure to state your name, address and the item number you wish to comment on. Only the first two minutes of an email message or voice message will be read/listened to at the meeting.
Interested in helping the homeless but don’t know where to start? Volunteers can help create real change in the lives of people experiencing homelessness in a host of ways. Here are some very practical things you can do:
- Feed the homeless indoors at one of the shelters listed below.
- Use your professional skills to help people in their journey to self-sufficiency, including legal services and financial/budgeting advice.
- Mentor a homeless person. Provide basic life skills.
- Tutor a homeless student or adult in reading or math.
- Provide individual or group teaching in trades like plumbing, painting and construction.
- Provide jobs and job opportunities.
- Offer to help someone work on their resume and prepare for a job interview.
- Put together a move-in kit for the homeless with essential items like light bulbs, bedding, dishes and towels.
- Rent apartments and condos to individuals and families seeking a permanent place to call home.
- When the opportunity presents itself, simply say hello, but don’t be afraid to say “no” if someone asks for food or money. Just acknowledging their presence is compassionate and encouraging.
Rather than trying to provide direct outreach to unsheltered homeless, the Homeless Trust encourages volunteers to connect with emergency shelters which need community support. The Homeless Trust funds outreach workers, many with lived homeless experience to engage unsheltered persons to offer a variety of services. From identification assistance to offers of housing and services, the goal is to going beyond just a meal. Outreach teams get to know and continually engage individuals experiencing homelessness and encourage them to get help, seek shelter, and receive medical care through programs such as the Lazarus Project.
Below are organizations with professionals on staff to help make volunteer efforts meaningful.
Miami Rescue Mission
The Salvation Army
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust offers several classroom curriculum options to help you teach students about homelessness. If you have questions about which might be best for you and your students, call 305-571-1455 and ask for Dani Guerrero.
- Elementary – High School Student Brochure - Project Homeless Awareness
- Homeless Education Curriculum - Sensitivity Awareness and Prevention. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy.
- Multimedia classroom discussion guide – 45 minutes to 1 hour of content
- Chronicle Cards - Homelessness comes in all shapes and sizes. To understand better the issues facing many homeless incorporate our “Chronicle Cards” into your curriculum. These nine stories chronicle unique individuals who have been part of the Homeless Trust’s 25-year history. Each promises to inspire students and launch meaningful discussions.