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7:01 am
Fri March 13, 2015

March 13, 2015: Miami City Commission Holds Off On Homeless Camping Ordinance

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2:57 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Miami's Proposed "Anti-Camping" Law Targets The Homeless

Jorge Clabijo settles in for the night as Miami Police officer Gregg Vassari chats with Kevin Key in downtown Miami on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

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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News
11:28 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Miami Commissioner To Modify Homeless "Anti-Camping" Law

Jorge Clabijo settles in for the night as Miami Police officer Gregg Vassari chats with Kevin Key in downtown Miami. Key decided to move to a shelter as Miami’s police outreach team worked with the homeless by offering shelter in the Mat Program.
Credit Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

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.

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Newscast
7:07 am
Wed February 25, 2015

February 25, 2015: Fort Lauderdale Cop Videotaped Slapping Homeless Man

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City Government
4:31 pm
Wed February 11, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Mayor's Re-Election Sign Of A Storm Passed?

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler was re-elected to his post for a third term.
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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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News
11:20 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Miami-Dade, Monroe Homeless Numbers Are Surprising

Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

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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News
4:17 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Key West Chooses Site For Homeless Shelter

After months of contentious debate, the Key West City Commission decided 4-3 that the city-owned property formerly used by Easter Seals should be the site of a new homeless shelter.
Credit Nancy Klingener / WLRN

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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News
6:42 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

HUD Awards Florida $84 Million To End Homelessness

Credit Emily Michot / Miami Herald

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded Florida $84.3 million to support homeless services and housing facilities across the state.

Nationwide, HUD gave $1.8 billion, making Florida the sixth-largest recipient, trailing New York and California.

The funds will go to support what’s called the continuum of care -- a group of coordinated services that a homeless person moves through as he or she goes from the streets or shelters into some sort of permanent housing and ultimately, self-sufficiency.

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News
5:44 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Miami-Dade County Trying To Count Homeless Children

Miami-Dade County's iCount hopes to identify the number of homeless kids living within it's boarders.

By the end of January, all four South Florida counties will have conducted their yearly homeless counts as required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The numbers help local homeless initiatives figure out where to put their resources and if there have been any major shifts in the demographics of its homeless population.

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Feature
6:46 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Could A New Tool Put Miami-Dade On A Track To End Homelessness?

Stock photo courtesy of Flickr user Jim Fischer.
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Volunteers will go out late Thursday night to count the number of homeless people living on the streets of Miami-Dade County. Many of the 840 tallied last year are the hardest to help because they’ve been homeless for so long.

But the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust has implemented a new tool members think could put a serious dent in the number of street homeless going forward. It’s called the VISPDAT, the Vulnerability Index Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool.

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News
2:33 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Guide Meant To Help Homeless Advocates Fight "Homeless Hate" Laws

Arnold Abbott has become the public face of efforts to overturn laws that some say criminalize the homeless.
Credit Lynne Sladky / El Nuevo Herald

  Efforts to regulate homeless activities and services in Fort Lauderdale have come under a microscope over the last couple months as advocate Arnold Abbott fights new city regulations on how and where food can be distributed to the homeless.

He is now battling that law in court after receiving three citations for continuing his food services illegally. A Broward County judge has since suspended the ordinance until early February.

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Community
4:02 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Miami Homeless Families Get Portraits For The Holidays

Yamille Medina poses for a family portrait at the Miami Rescue Mission's women's shelter during Help Portrait Miami.
Credit Nadege Green / WLRN

Yamille Medina sits in front of a mirror while a makeup artist brushes purple blush onto her cheeks. She cradles her 2-year-old son Antonio in her arms; he’s a bit cranky.

Nearby, a nine-months pregnant woman is picking out a dress from a collection of outfits hanging on a rack. Another woman who had her baby six days ago is having her hair blow-dried.

These women are homeless. They live at the Miami Rescue Mission’s women’s shelter, many with their children. On this day, the women and their children are being treated to a staple of the holiday season: a portrait session.

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News
12:23 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Technicality Of Fort Lauderdale's Homeless Feeding Ban

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When the city of Fort Lauderdale placed new restrictions on how different groups could feed the homeless, many South Florida residents were dumbfounded.

They reacted in the form of social media memes and Facebook posts. Concerned citizens drafted letters to Mayor Jack Seiler, threatening to boycott the city if the new regulations weren’t lifted. And this week the hacker group Anonymous addressed a video to Mayor Seiler, announcing it would shut down the city's official web page until he lifted the restrictions on feeding the homeless.

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News
7:47 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

A List Of South Florida's Regulations On Homelessness

Click the link to the left to explore an interactive explaining some of the most recent homeless regulations
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Fort Lauderdale has come under fire for arresting a 90-year-old man who was feeding the homeless after the city passed tougher regulations on how outdoor “feedings” can be held.

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1:14 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Fort Lauderdale Cracks Down On How Groups Can Give Food To The Homeless

Fort Lauderdale is considering cracking down on how the organizations feed the homeless out on the sidewalks.
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UPDATE Oct. 22, 12 p.m.: The regulations passed by a four-one commission vote around 3:30 Wednesday morning. 

Adding to crackdowns on where homeless people in Fort Lauderdale can sleep, go to the bathroom, and store their belongings, the city is now attempting to regulate how outside organizations provide food to them.

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