Miami-Dade’s Homeless Population Declined – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As so many have been hit exhausting throughout this previous year and a half, there was an sudden vibrant spot.

According to Miami-Dade County’s most up-to-date Homeless Census, it exhibits the bottom homeless inhabitants in 25 years, which incorporates each sheltered and unsheltered people.

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Ron Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust, says the COVID pandemic truly contributed to that.

“We don’t put people in shelters these days. We put them in our quarantine program, which is a hotel program,” he defined. “While at the height of COVID, we had five or six hotels, that we were putting folks in, we are still putting them in three places.”

(Source: Miami-Dade Homeless Trust)

More than 6,100 individuals have been served in these areas since they have been arrange in March of 2020. Many have used the chance to get again on observe.

“We have rules when you come into a hotel program,” Book mentioned. “They follow the rules. They listen. We made services available day in and day out.”

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“You’re giving people their prescription medicines,” he continued. “When they are given on time and regularly, and they stay lucid and they stay stable, they are more apt to take us up on those programs and services that we offer. And here’s what we are sure of, it’s worked.”

To date, the county’s complete homeless inhabitants is the bottom it’s ever been.

In 1996, it was as excessive as 8,000 individuals. August 2019, confirmed 3,698 complete homeless individuals. Now, it’s down to three,355. That’s a drop of 9%.

The census was not executed in August of 2020 because of the pandemic.

“Our goal all along during COVID is once you brought them in off the streets, keep them off the streets,” Book mentioned. “Those that we brought in continue with our outreach teams and our caseworkers to get them to access our services so that they would take us up on permanent housing.”

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The quarantine program will final, at the least, via the top of the year. The Homeless Trust is engaged on elevating money for extra housing, particularly with considerations in regards to the eviction moratorium. Book mentioned they’re about one-third of the way in which to their $15 million aim.

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