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For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2017
Media Contact:
Lisa Mozloom

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust officials welcome Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, Thursday, April 13

Homeless Trust to showcase local public/private partnerships that leverage federal dollars

Miami, FL - April 11, 2017 -- US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson is adding Miami to the list of cities on his 2017 "Listening Tour". Accompanied by U.S. Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Secretary Carson will visit leadership of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust and its private-sector partner, Chapman Partnership, on Thursday, April 13, from 1:45 to 2:30 p.m. at Villa Aurora, 1398 SW 1st Street, Miami. The visit follows an invitation from the Homeless Trust inviting the Secretary to add South Florida to his nationwide tour.

The invitation letter penned by Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust states: "We are eager for you to see our community and our Continuum of Care firsthand, and most of all, hear your vision for U.S. HUD and its mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all." 

Thursday’s tour will include a visit to Carrfour’s Villa Aurora, an example of Miami’s focus on public/private partnerships that utilize multiple funding sources to create housing for formerly homeless and low-income families. Located in Little Havana atop the Miami-Dade County Hispanic Public Library, the project represents a unique Miami-Dade initiative that leverages and maximizes the use federal resources. 

The announcement of Dr. Carson’s visit coincides with an April 6 letter from the Homeless Trust to Miami-Dade’s County’s Congressional Delegation related to local impacts of the proposed HUD cuts outlined in the Trump administration’s preliminary budgets. In the two-page letter, Chairman Book reinforces to elected officials, "We are committed to embracing new approaches and adjusting as necessary to better serve the least, last, lost and forgotten. We will continue to work cooperatively and collaboratively with you and your office(s) toward that end, and ask that you give the less fortunate we serve every consideration." 

Carson has already conducted Listening Tour stops in Detroit and Dallas/Fort Worth. 

Editor’s Note: Information regarding onsite press coordination for Dr. Carson’s visit is forthcoming.