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Homeless Sensitivity Poster and Essay Contest is Open

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The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust “Homeless Sensitivity Poster and Essay Contest” is accepting submissions. From TikTok and Instagram videos to essays and posters, Miami-Dade County Public School students are encouraged to get creative and think of ways they can make real change in their community.

The Trust created the contest to build awareness, understanding, and compassion among students for homeless individuals after the murder of Norris Gaynor. Norris Gaynor was one of three homeless men attacked during an early-morning assault on January 12, 2006 by South Florida teens.

Previous winners include Elletlia Addison-Phelps, a Miami-Dade Public School student and founder of Beauty Beyond the Streets, a non-profit that provides hygiene products for women facing homelessness. The 2020 poster winners had their artwork displayed in the historic Dunns-Josephine Hotel located in Overtown. The hotel was the Homeless Trust’s first Isolation and Quarantine location for those recovering from or suspected of COVID-19.

This year’s contest also invites students to create short videos to help educate others about ways they can help the homeless or those facing housing insecurity. Winning students and teachers will receive up to $300 in prizes. The deadline for all poster and essay submissions is Friday, March 12, 2021 at 5 p.m.