As COVID-19 continues, Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust invites South Floridians to help provide masks and cloth face coverings for area homeless
Masks for Miami-Dade’s Homeless has drop-off locations at public libraries
May 14, 2020 – As COVID-19 continues, the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust invites residents to donate masks or homemade face coverings for individuals who are experiencing homelessness. The County has provided tens of thousands of disposable masks for Continuum use, however, thousands more face coverings are needed knowing the pandemic could continue well into the fall and winter. Face coverings are critical components in the fight to mitigate COVID-19 and to align with the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease. The Trust is working in collaboration with organizations and volunteer groups to meet this ongoing demand, inviting as many volunteers as possible to contribute to the “Masks for Miami-Dade’s Homeless” campaign.
“We are enormously grateful for the support the County has given us by way of masks, PPEs, food and hygiene products for the 8,000 homeless we serve,” said Chairman Ron Book. “As this pandemic drags on, however, we are mindful of how many organizations also have needs, so this campaign is a means to secure an ongoing supply of items like the all important face coverings. It truly takes a village and our community, throughout this difficult time, has proven it is just that – a village.”
Handmade masks are ideal for this population since they can be washed and reused, in addition, the handmade face coverings are usually unique in color allowing individuals to keep track of their own personal mask and cut down on potential contamination.
Organizations like Miami City Ballet, Rescue the World Miami/Jewish Federation. Homestead MAST Academy, Rotary Club of Miami Airport, and Just CBD have been active in this campaign. Churches, synagogues, mosques, neighborhood associations and community-oriented school clubs are ideal to step up and be part of “Masks for Miami-Dade’s Homeless.” The Homeless Trust has also set up a program providing Community Service Hours for participating students.
The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) has teamed up with the Homeless Trust and is providing five drop-off locations. Clean, newly fashioned groupings of 10 or more sewn or non-sewn masks and/or face coverings can be deposited in collection boxes at any of the following library locations:
NE Dade – Aventura Branch
2930 Aventura Boulevard
Aventura, FL 33180
South Miami Branch
6000 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33143
Arcola Lakes Branch
8240 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, FL 33150
Kendall Lakes Branch
15205 SW 88 Street
Miami, FL 33196
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33165
Drop off is available from 9 am to 6 pm seven days a week. Detailed information on creating masks and the “Masks for Miami-Dade’s Homeless” initiative can be found at www.homelesstrust.org. Donations will be immediately distributed to sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons by outreach teams.
Recommended CDC safety measures have already been implemented by the Trust, including distribution of sanitizer and temperature checks by outreach teams. For more information on measures that have already taken place, please visit our website.