Federal homeless partners visit Miami in honor of "Homeless Awareness Day" November 3, 2016
Thousands participate in events designed to unite Miamians and end homelessness
November 3rd is Homeless Awareness Day in Miami-Dade County. Championed by the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust (HT), this 24-hour window is used to create social change through programs and events that educate the community about homelessness in meaningful and unique ways. Events will be held throughout the day all across the community. Here is a sampling:
8 am – 9:15 am
Federal Homelessness Partners Address Community on Strategies to Prevent and End Homelessness
Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus, Chapman Conference Center
300 NE 2nd Avenue, Building 3
The HT gives a “state of homelessness” update on topics such as ending veteran homelessness and tackling chronic homelessness in the Miami-Dade. This invitation-only business breakfast includes key federal partners including U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs, Ann Oliva, and United States Interagency Council on Homelessness Executive Director, Matthew Doherty. They will discuss strategies and solutions to end homelessness and how funding priorities are impacting Continuums of Care nationwide.
10:30 am – 11:30 am
Countywide High School Rally
St. Thomas University, Fernandez Family Center
16401 NW 37th Avenue, Miami Gardens
Nine hundred students from 21 schools around Miami-Dade County get a first hand lesson about the realities of homelessness. Part pep rally and part reality television, this event includes interactive conversations with formerly homeless individuals about issues facing the street homeless. The event gives students ways to get involved and help end homelessness in Miami-Dade.
8 am through 5:30 pm
Miami’s First Homeless Choir Tours
A unique partnership between non-profit Guitars Over Guns Organization (GOGO) and Camillus House has produced Miami’s first performing homeless choir called “The Hope Choir”. It is a weekly musical respite for all involved, empowering the members to find a collective voice through which the stigmas of homelessness can be challenged. “Hope” will have its first performance at the Homeless Awareness Day business breakfast at Miami Dade College. Following that event at 8 am, the choir will tour Miami hot spots sharing their musical talents with the community. Performance locations are forthcoming.
“Cardboard Brigades” are scheduled at dozens of Miami-Dade schools. Brigades are gatherings of community leaders and/or students who use signage and flyers to promote key messages about preventing and ending homelessness. Locations forthcoming.