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For Immediate Release:
November 09, 2017
Media Contact:
Lisa Mozloom

"Roofs Rising" represents Miami's greatest reminder that housing ends homelessness

Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust creates art installation at Brickell City Centre to ignite awareness and support among landlords about homeless housing programs

More than 1,000 people call Miami streets their homes.  The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust wants to change that by growing its stock of available rental units to house the homeless. To help raise awareness of this goal, and in honor of Homeless Awareness Day, November 9, 2017, the Homeless Trust, with support from Swire Properties Inc, is launching an art installation called “Roofs Rising”-- an initiative that encourages the public to rethink the connections they have to landlords who may have available housing. The installation will be unveiled and on display at Brickell City Centre until November 19 and will be located on the first level of the shopping center, in front of Saks Fifth Avenue.

Roofs Rising is mosaic made up of more than 1,000 hand painted mini-homes laid out in the shape of one large house. Each house was painted by a different student, elected official, community leader or activist.

“This project may be Miami’s greatest reminder to date that housing ends homelessness,” said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.  “Roofs Rising reminds us that our entire community needs to coalesce around the issue of affordable and supporting housing for homeless individuals and families. We have a program called RentConnect, set up to pay for homeless housing. We need the rental units so we can provide places for people to receive the wrap around services they need to start a new life.”

Designed to call attention to the homeless housing needs in our community and to educate people about RentConnect, each house represents a homeless person living on Miami streets and in need of a home. The mini-homes will eventually become house-warming gifts to those in the Trust’s Continuum of Care, but more importantly, serve to open doors and pathways for supportive housing solutions for those most vulnerable in Miami-Dade.

The Homeless Trust’s RentConnect provides a team of housing professionals who connect landlords with tenants. The initiative provides guaranteed rent, high touch support for landlords and renters, security deposit support and claims based mitigation funds.   

“As developers, we have a responsibility to leave the surrounding communities that we build in better than we found them, and this includes bringing attention to Miami’s homeless challenge,” said Kieran Bowers, president of Swire Properties Inc, the developer of Brickell City Centre. “We want to help open doors for the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. Solving homelessness isn’t easy, but if we can use our space to inspire others to be part of the solution, then that’s what we want to do.”

More than thirty organizations – such as Ransom Everglades School, Florida International University, Chapman Partnership, Swire Properties, local elected officials and even federal officials – gave of their time and talent to decorate and paint houses and to assemble the project into a 16’ x 20’ piece of art open to the public.  

This unique art installation is being constructed as a first time project by Life is Art, a Miami Beach based arts organization creating positive change in the community through art and culture events.

For more information on hosting the Roofs Rising art installation in your community, contact Adrienna Sotomayor at 305-571-1455.