Maria Navarro, Property Manager for Cutler Meadows Glen in Miami (center) accepted an award given to POAH Communities for the Miami's property's participation in the new Homeless Preference program launched by HUD-Miami and the Homeless Trust Group.
The Trust and the HUD Miami Field Office recognized five HUD-assisted property owners at an April 22 meeting. According to the Trust's press release, "The property owners have established a set-aside preference for homeless within their Tenant Selection Plans, and will house homeless individuals and families referred by the Homeless Trust as units become available. Collectively, these organizations have added a minimum of 45 units to the Continuum of Care’s permanent housing inventory."
POAH joined award recipients Miami-Dade Public Housing and Community Development, Miami Beach Community Development Corporation, Inc., Urban League of Greater Miami and Centro Campesino Farmworker Center, Inc. to receive the honor.
“Homelessness is first and foremost a housing issue, and these property owners have stepped up, realizing they have the “keys” – literally – to end homelessness in Miami-Dade”, said Ronald L. Book, Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust.
“For those exiting homelessness, the preference provides much needed access to long-term housing affordability,” said Jose Cintron, Director of U.S. HUD’s Miami Field Office.
read Miami-Dade County press release