Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust reaches agreement with City of Miami to fund 150 new beds for the homeless
City closes outdoor mat program at Camillus House and replaces with proven traditional and emergency bed programs
The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust board today approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City, the County and the Trust that will provide an additional 150 beds with wrap-around services for Miami’s street homeless. The agreement states that the City of Miami will purchase at least 75 beds at Camillus House, and the Homeless Trust will purchase a minimum of 75 beds through a competitive bid process. The MOU is effective October 1, 2015.
“This agreement is a solid resolution to our discussions about the best way to treat the chronic homeless population in Miami,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. “By the holiday season, we expect to have moved more than 240 people off the streets. So after more than a year of healthy debate, comes a better opportunity for those living on the streets.”
The MOU states that all purchased indoor beds must be in compliance with the Homeless Trust’s Standards of Care, which means the contracted beds refer to indoor pieces of furniture with a mattress used as a location to sleep or relax. The additional beds will be used to help transition 73 individuals who were using the courtyard mat program at Camillus House.
About the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust: Founded in 1993, The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust is a county agency headed by a board of 27 volunteers which serves in an advisory capacity to the Miami-Dade County Commission charged with the responsibility of implementing the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. These volunteers represent the business, religious, educational, provider and political communities, along with formerly homeless individuals. For more information regarding The Homeless Trust visit www.homelesstrust.org.