Homelessness is an issue throughout the United States, with an estimated 3.5 million people, 1.35 million of them children, “likely to experience homelessness in a given year” (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty – 2007). The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s “The Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress (2008)” states that more than 66 percent of all sheltered homeless people were located in major cities like Miami.
The causes and solutions to the issue of homelessness are complicated, with the rights and dramatically varying needs of the people requiring consideration. At the same time, the safety and quality of life of neighborhood residents and local business must be addressed.
Ron Book, chairman of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, is essentially the voice on this topic in Miami. Book has been chairman of the Homeless Trust since 2004, and was appointed for another 3 year term in June 2016.
Ron Book, Chair of the Homeless Trust, to Speak in Downtown Miami on Friday, January 6 at 5:30
On Friday, January 6, the Downtown Neighbors Alliance will host Book as their guest speaker to “discuss the short and long term relief plans for our homeless citizens.” This is an important meeting for anyone living in the City of Miami, particularly in the downtown Central Business District and Brickell neighborhoods.
Brian Andrews, President of The News Directors, Inc. and former investigative reporter & anchor at CBS – WFOR-TV, will moderate the discussion with Amal Solh Kabbani, president of the Downtown Neighbors Alliance giving the opening remarks. Book will be answering a list of prepared questions, and additional audience questions will be collected during the discussion as time permits.
WHEN: Friday, January 6, 2017 at 5:30 PM
WHERE: Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus
300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33132
Conference Room #2106 (Building 2, Room 106 – Street Level)