is a complex social problem with multiple dimensions. According to the Homeless Trust Census, as of January 24, 2019, Miami-Dade County has a homeless population of 3472 individuals, 1008 of them unsheltered.
Homelessness comes at a very high cost to individuals, communities and systems of care. Numerous studies demonstrate that communities save money by providing permanent supportive housing to people experiencing homelessness.
Homeless individuals are more likely to suffer from chronic medical conditions and complications due to housing instability. Emergency rooms, crisis response and public safety systems are utilized at a much higher rate by homeless individuals. In short, it is proven to be more cost-effective to provide permanent supportive housing than toleave someone on the streets.
HERMANOS DE LA CALLE
Hermanos de la Calle (FHC) is a Christian faith-based non-profit organization serving the homeless population of Miami-Dade County. The mission of FHC is to offer help and support to homeless individuals, as well as to create awareness and motivate local communities to volunteer in different ways to help the homeless gain back their dignity and place in society. Many community members have expressed their willingness to help and serve others, but they don’t know-how.
Fundación Hermanos de la Calle has given them a way to serve those in need.