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The bathrooms on wheels that have been making the rounds in Downtown Miami over the last nine months are here to stay. This week Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado announced the $500,000 pilot program aimed at giving the homeless access to public restrooms and making them permanent.  

Ken Russell, vice chairman of the Miami city commission and the chairman of the Downtown Development Authority,  says providing basic services for the homeless is in the best interest of the city. 

Tampa Charity To Give Out Zika Kits To Homeless

Jun 27, 2016

Hundreds of families in Tampa Bay live in their cars, tents and in the woods.

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For the past year, Lucy Perry and her longtime boyfriend William Royal have lived beneath a traffic sign on the sidewalk along Southwest Second Street under I-95. With about four dozen other homeless people, they wait for a church group to come by and hand out styrofoam containers of food.

 

Perry, Royal and many others out on the street are among the 350,000 people who lost their food stamps this year because of new state rules that adults without children who can work must work in order to get the monthly assistance.

 

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Two big news stories in Miami-Dade County this past week will impact transportation and the homeless. The federal program for housing cut millions of dollars that Miami-Dade programs were counting on in homeless funding. Up to 700 beds for homeless people are at risk.

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Once again Miami-Dade County is asking - how many homeless kids are living here?

Last year there were 112 counted young homeless people living in Miami-Dade County. “Counted,” being the operant term, because it’s tough to get an accurate number of those under the age of 24 who are homeless through self-reporting, for the most part.

Many are living with friends or distant relatives - what’s called “doubled up” - and don’t necessarily consider themselves homeless, according to social workers who work with this population.

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The Chapman Partnership houses 500 people at its homeless shelter in downtown Miami.

In recent days, several clients living at the shelter have come forward to complain about what they call a prolific bed bug infestation.

Yoanne Eduardo, a resident at the shelter, rolled up her jeans to reveal three large red bumps on her right leg. She also has similar bumps on her back.

“I have marks all over my body,” she said. “I got them since I been there. It’s constantly itching.”

Eduardo lives at the shelter with her 9-year-old son and month-old baby.

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Today the city of Hollywood started tearing down a homeless shelter that has long been thought of as an “eyesore.”

The COSAC Quarters Hotel for the Poor has been a controversial feature on the city’s section of Federal Highway since Homeless Voice founder Sean Cononie bought the former inn in 2002.

Opponents contend the shelter was antithetical to the city's efforts to clean up that part of Hollywood, near 1203 N. Federal Highway.

Christmas in July for South Florida's Homeless Population

Jul 24, 2015
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The Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers held their annual Christmas in July celebration in Miami, Hollywood, and Pompano Beach Friday. 

The celebration is a combination Christmas and Fourth of July block party, blending together the themes of “giving” and “independence” that each of the two holidays represent.

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UPDATE: At a meeting Thursday, March 12, the Miami City Commission deferred a final vote on the proposed "anti-camping" law for 30 days.

The Miami City Commission has a final vote scheduled for Thursday that would make it illegal for the homeless to camp out on public property.

The commission tentatively approved a version of the law on February 12 that banned “camping paraphernalia” such as sleeping bags and bedding.

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The City of Miami recently approved a preliminary law that would make it illegal for homeless people to erect tents on public sidewalks.

The law also prohibits setting up blankets and pillows on sidewalks, which concerned homeless advocates and prompted criticism that the city was criminalizing homelessness.

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard...

  

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Fort Lauderdale will not be getting a new mayor this year. Two-term incumbent Jack Seiler has won his third, and final, three-year term in office.

His landslide victory, with 71 percent of the vote, may mean a media storm has passed for Seiler.

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Some surprising results have come out of the most recent homeless counts in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, results of which were released Thursday.

Across the two southernmost counties, a significant number of homeless have moved from shelters to living on the street.

In Dade, the total number of homeless people remained about the same as 2014– 4,152, down from 4,156 in 2014 — but the number of people living on the street as opposed to in shelters has increased by about 200 people.

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After months of contentious debate and a 4-3 vote, the Key West city commission made a decision Tuesday night on a site for a new homeless shelter.

The site chosen was the same one recommended months ago by city staff. Last October, the commission deadlocked 3-3 on a decision to move there and told staff to explore opening a shelter at the city's transportation building on Palm Avenue.

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