Help end senior citizens’ homelessness in Miami-Dade County
One out of every five persons experiencing homelessness in Miami-Dade County is over the age of 55. Further, every day there are hundreds of senior citizens in Miami-Dade County languishing in emergency shelters or on the streets. Between evictions and financial crises that have been compounded by COVID-19, many more senior citizens are at risk of becoming homeless in the coming months. Because of their age, health, risk profile and a lack of affordable housing, homelessness for seniors can often be a death sentence. We cannot let this happen.
The Homeless Trust has been rapidly developing and implementing an emergency infrastructure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the more than 8,000 people we house each day, we have protected thousands more people experiencing homelessness in the face of a highly infectious, community-spread virus. We have done this at a time when our funding has been greatly reduced.
The pandemic will render many more households homeless at a time when additional housing resources are desperately needed. Very low income seniors with fixed incomes are most at risk and our resources to help them are now severely strained.
Government mandated moratoriums are about to end, and as a result, we will experience a wave of evictions. These evictions will not only disrupt living conditions, they will directly affect people’s ability to rent in the near future. For many seniors, this means the streets may be their only remaining option.
We simply cannot let that happen.
Within this urgent need for housing, there is now an opportunity before us to acquire facilities that will provide long-term solutions for the growing number of senior citizens and other special needs individuals experiencing homelessness. In the face of a looming eviction crisis, acquiring dedicated housing under the Continuum of Care umbrella versus renting units at market rate is the best option and provides the greatest value for our community. In acquiring dedicated facilities, we will add hundreds of housing units and be able to serve many more income-strained individuals each year.
Unlike donating food, clothing, or spare change to panhandlers on the street, making a donation to help acquire these facilities represents real, sustainable change that will serve our community for generations to come.
If you would like to help us in this effort to address senior homelessness, please visit https://give.miamifoundation.org/homelesstrust.