Item Coversheet



TO: Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee Members

Alina T. Hudak, City Manager

DATE: February 17, 2023



 On September 21, 2022, the City received a request from the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust (“Homeless Trust”) for $3 million to scale housing needed to further combat homelessness in the City of Miami Beach and beyond. These funds, in conjunction with funding received from Miami-Dade County and other municipalities, would be utilized by the Homeless Trust to acquire and renovate no fewer than four (4) properties to better support individuals and households sleeping on the streets or staying in temporary emergency shelters without viable permanent housing options.


At the September 30, 2022, Finance and Economic Resiliency Committee (FERC) meeting, representatives from the Homeless Trust presented their request for funding. After extensive discussion, the FERC recommended that $1 million be allocated to the Homeless Trust, comprised of approximately $277,912 in HOME Investment Partnership American Rescue Plan Program (HOME-ARP) funding received by the City from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that remains unallocated, subject to HUD approval, and approximately $723,000 from projected FY 2022 year-end General Fund surplus.


At the October 26, 2022 Commission meeting, the Mayor and City Commission approved the allocation of $1 million to the Homeless Trust solely from General Fund via Resolution No. 2022-32381.


On December 14, 2022, at the request of Commissioner Fernandez, the City Commission referred an item to the FERC to discuss the performance benchmarks associated with the $1 million allocation to the Homeless Trust.


On February 1, 2023, at the request of Commissioner Richardson, the City Commission referred a discussion item to the FERC to discuss additional funding for the Homeless Trust.


The Administration is currently negotiating a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the County (Homeless Trust) to distribute the allocated General Fund reserves of $1 million for a combination of fifty-five (55) units and beds to house City of Miami Beach homeless clients. 


The City’s $1 million allocation will be utilized for the acquisition and rehabilitation of permanent supportive housing by the Homeless Trust, providing a combination of fifty-five (55) units and beds available for the City to refer eligible homeless individuals identified by the Homeless Outreach Services Program. Forty-five (45) single occupancy units will be available at Blue Village, located at 18055 SW 12th Street, Miami, FL 33194; and ten (10) beds for homeless persons 65 years and older at Mia Casa, located at 12221 Harriet Tubman Highway, North Miami, FL 33161.


As reported by the Homeless Trust, the Blue Village property has been owned by the County since 1989 but has not been operational in recent times. The Homeless Trust indicated that on January 9, 2023, the Trust bought out a deed restriction on the property at a cost of approximately $4.59 million. The Homeless Trust competitively selected a design firm to renovate the facility from 112 beds to 190+ units and committed $6.5 million toward renovations. Per the Homeless Trust, design plans are being finalized and will be followed by renovations spanning approximately one (1) year.


The Homeless Trust also advised that on January 31, 2023, it finalized the purchase of Mia Casa for approximately $6.4 million, using County and State funding. The property is comprised of 120 beds.


At this phase of the MOU negotiation, the Administration has identified the following issues for clarification or to be expressly discussed:


·Verification of property ownership status for both facilities (acquisition documentation/warranty deed to be provided by the Homeless Trust);

·Timeline for renovations at the Blue Village and Mia Casa properties;

·Target date or milestone to commence benchmark tracking (potentially once the Blue Village achieves Certificate of Occupancy for the forty-five (45) units and sooner for the ten (10) beds at Mia Casa);

·Designation of units and beds for the City of Miami Beach via the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS);

·Responsibility of the Homeless Trust to bear cost and expenses toward repairs, maintenance and/or operations of the units/beds (facilities) post renovation;

·Reporting, review and/or approval process for third-party operators; and

·Discussion process for of redistribution of units/beds if additional properties are acquired by the Homeless Trust.


Although target goals/outcomes are still being negotiated, below are the proposed benchmark categories to be measured and tracked under the MOU:


·Occupancy Rate: Number of clients (individuals or households) served through placement to a unit or bed

·Housing Retention: Number of clients who do not return to homelessness one (1) year after placement to a unit or bed

·Income growth: Number of clients placed in permanent housing who obtain or increase income as a result of program participation.


The Office of Housing and Community Services will be responsible for administering the MOU and will work in partnership with the Homeless Trust to refer eligible clients (individuals and households) to the program. The attached draft MOU highlights the shared responsibilities between the City and the Homeless Trust to ensure successful outcomes. Once the MOU is fully negotiated, approved, and executed, the Administration will provide quarterly updates as part of the current Public Safety and Neighborhood Quality of Life Committee (PSNQLC) standing bi-monthly update item regarding homeless services and activity.


Fiscal Impact: $1,000,000 from General Fund Reserves


The City is working collaboratively with the Homeless Trust to better support homeless households sleeping on the streets or staying in temporary emergency shelters without viable permanent housing options. In view of the foregoing, the Administration recommends that the FERC discuss any business matters related to the draft MOU,and direct the Administration to finalize negotiations and report back to the FERC at its next scheduled meeting.

Applicable Area

Not Applicable
Is this a "Residents Right to Know" item, pursuant to City Code Section 2-14? Does this item utilize G.O. Bond Funds?
No No 

Strategic Connection

Mobility - Address homelessness.
DRAFT MOU Homeless Trust / CMBContract or Agreement