Miami, Florida – The Lotus House in Overtown is one of several Miami agencies that will receive federal COVID-19 dollars that is earmarked by the city commission in an effort to fight homelessness.
On Tuesday morning, the Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, along with some commissioners, presented Lotus House with a $200,000 check for job training.
This is all part of $3.1 million plan approved at the beginning of the year in an effort to reduce homelessness to what they said is functional zero. “It is more important than ever that we redouble our efforts, and that we get the $3 million that our commission allocated in American Rescue Plan dollars to get to that functional zero,” Suarez said.
“We just want to thank you for investing in us, investing in our women, children, in making a difference every day. That’s what love looks like,” said Constance Collins, from Lotus House.
This all comes after a controversial proposal by city leaders to build a homeless encampment on Virginia Key. That plan was put on hold after public criticisms.
This September, the city commission plans to bring this topic back up for discussion sometime.