The Faces Of Homelessness

The fasted growing population of homeless is families with young children and youth ages 13 to 24. 

Every year, many youth and young adults are kicked out of their family and homes, are unable to pay rent, or for some other reason find themselves without a permanent place to stay.  In order to survive, young people often seek out temporary housing solutions, including sleeping in vehicles, in abandoned buildings, or on the couches of friends and relatives. 

Neighbors 4 Neighbors along with our partners at Wells Fargo are committed to ending homelessness and bringing awareness to the help and services available in our area for youth, families and individuals experiencing homelessness.  

Below are some links from partners at the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust and the Broward Partnership for the Homeless. 

Help for the Homeless in Miami-Dade County:  The Miami-Dade Homeless Trust -

Homeless or about to be?

If you are homeless or about to be, or know someone who is, a trusted resource is just a phone call away. 1-877-994-4357

It’s important to note that while the Trust provides more than 3,300 beds to individuals and families every day, a phone call doesn’t mean an automatic place to stay. The Helpline is the “front door” to available resources. Homeless individuals and families will be assessed according to their need and vulnerabilities, and then directed to necessary services and assistance.

Preventing homelessness

Resources are available to prevent families from falling into homelessness. When a household has insufficient resources to cover housing costs due to unemployment, a health crisis, family breakup or other reason, help may be available for those who qualify.

Individuals and families with a legal court eviction (not a 3-day notice), or at imminent risk of homelessness, can call the Homeless Helpline at 877-994-4357 and press 3.

Legal Services of Greater Miami, a non-profit, can also assist tenants facing eviction or homeowners facing foreclosure. For help, call 305-576-0080.

Are you a veteran?

Homeless veterans and their families are prioritized for housing and services through the Continuum of Care. Together with our many partners, including the Miami VA Healthcare System,, the Trust is working to make sure that no one who has served our country goes without a safe, stable place to call home. Homeless veterans are encouraged to call the National Call Center for Veteran Homelessness at 1-877-4AID-VET (1-877-424-3838).

Domestic violence victims

Individuals and families fleeing domestic violence should call the Florida Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-500-1119.

Other services

Service providers within the continuum also offer homeless individuals hot showers and indoor meals in a safe, welcoming setting. Providing these services indoors allows trained staff to engage individuals who might not otherwise even contemplate coming in off the streets. (All of these services are located within the City of Miami).

Indoor meals:

  • Miami Rescue Mission, 2020 NW 1st Avenue. Meals are served every day at 4:00 p.m.
  • Mount Zion Baptist Church, 301 NW 9th Street. Meals are served Tuesdays only at 6:00 p.m.
  • Mother Teresa’s, 724 NW 17th Street. Meals are served every day, except Thursdays, at 10:00 a.m.

Hot showers:

  • Miami Rescue Mission, 2020 NW 1st Avenue. Showers are provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.
  • Camillus House, 1603 NW 7th Avenue. Showers are provided for women on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Showers are provided for men on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Help for the Homeless in Broward County: 

CLICK HERE: Homeless Survival Guide filled with resources, numbers and places for help and guidance in Broward County.

If you are experiencing homelessness, you must call the Homeless Helpline 954-563-HELP (4357) or 2-1-1

(Broward County only) to coordinate a meeting with the Outreach Team (look for the white van and the police truck/car). 
These assessment locations are for individuals experiencing homelessness only.

Families with children must be referred to and placed through the Homeless Helpline 954-563-HELP (4357).

Here are additional resources:

Better Way of Miami – 305-634-3409
Better Way of Miami is a non-profit behavioral health center providing substance abuse and mental health services to the community.  Funding is received from various sources.  Better Way is regularly reviewed by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) through the managing entity, the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Florida Medicaid and other regulating entities.  Employees at Better Way of Miami, Inc. are required to meet stringent employment procedures and must maintain an exemplary lifestyle free from substance abuse and addiction.  Organization charts are revised periodically as needed and are posted where necessary.


Camillus House – 305-CAMILLUS (305-374-1065)
Camillus House has grown steadily over the years from a small soup kitchen into a full-service center offering what we call a comprehensive “system of care” for the poor and homeless — a seamless, step-by-step process designed to bring persons from a life on the streets all the way to permanent housing.

Fully integrated services are provided through multiple program areas:

Compassionate Healing (substance abuse and mental health treatment)

Continuum of Housing (emergency, transitional, and permanent housing)

Compassionate Hospitality (food, clothing, showers, outreach, case management, rent assistance)

Camillus Health Concertn (sister organization providing health care services including adult primary care, pediatrics and a number of specialties)lties)


Carrfour Supportive Housing - 305-371-‪8300

In addition to developing affordable housing communities, Carrfour helps residents achieve self-sufficiency and success by offering an array of supportive services, including:

Referrals/Advocacy, Life Skills, Job Search and Placement, Innovative Programs and Initiatives

Carrfour is also engaged in a series of programs and initiatives designed to foster independence among those in need while providing a foundation for revitalizing neighborhoods, including:

Operation Sacred Trust, Verde Community Farm and Market, Scattered-Site Programs

Carrfour operates individual housing units "scattered" at properties within the community whereby it pays a rent subsidy and provides in-home supportive services for a family/resident living in an individual apartment.   

Transition to Affordable Housing Program (TAH), Transition to Home Ownership Program, Housing Assistance Program, Rapid Rehousing Program (RRH), Section 8, Third Party Property Management

Carrfour specializes in the management of supportive housing for social needs populations, providing niche property management services to its developments. The organization also provides third party management services for non-Carrfour communities developed by various statewide not-for-profit organizations that lack the capacity to manage their own housing, including:  Wynwood Apartments, Sun South, Shepherd House


Catholic Charities - 305-754-2444- Serving – Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties

Catholic Charities Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing provides financial assistance and appropriate referrals to individuals and families in the tri-county area to prevent homelessness, or rapidly re-house homeless families and individuals.  Assistance is provided regardless of your religious beliefs.


Chapman Partnership - HOMELESS HELPLINE 1-877-994-4357

When a person becomes homeless, it affects every aspect of their life. They feel helpless and hopeless and the impact goes far beyond their health and self-esteem, affecting their ability to provide for their family and their future. Chapman Partnership operates two Homeless Assistance Centers with 800 beds located in Miami and Homestead. Collectively these two Centers serve approximately 5,000 men, women and families with children annually. We help the homeless by providing a comprehensive support program that includes emergency housing, meals, health, dental and psychiatric care, day care, job training, job placement and assistance with securing stable housing. The average length of stay for single adults is 89 days and families with children 133 days. Since 1995, Chapman Partnership has had more than 105,000 admissions including 21,000 children in Miami-Dade County and a 64% success rate of moving people who complete the program from homelessness to self-sufficiency. As the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, we have continually been recognized as a national model for our comprehensive approach to helping the homeless. At Chapman Partnership we empower men, women and children experiencing homelessness to build a positive future by providing the resources and assistance critical to growth and independence. We empower the homeless by:

Providing Access to Care, Creating a Nurturing Environment, Developing Life Skills, And Creating Success Stories every day by moving people and families from homelessness to self sufficiency

Our Mission Statement Provide comprehensive services to empower homeless residents to become self-sufficient. Chapman Partnership is the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, operating two Homeless Assistance Centers in downtown Miami and Homestead


CHI – Community Health of South Florida

CHI, provides supportive care to those in need.  They are a nonprofit health care organization  providing affordable quality primary and behavioral health care services to the residents of rapidly growing South Florida. CHI operates 11 state-of-the-art primary care centers and 31 school-based programs. All centers offer quality comprehensive primary and behavioral health care services. Our physicians are board certified or board eligible. Additionally, CHI is accredited by the Joint Commission and is accredited as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). CHI offers a “one-stop-shop” model where the organization and delivery of quality services are seamless, affordable, accessible and culturally sensitive. 

To Make An Appointment, Call:

Family Medicine 305-252-4820 

Behavioral Health 305-252-4840

After Hours, Please Call  305-252-4880


Citrus Health Network  - Housing Services
Citrus Main Center: Psychiatry & Mental Health Services for Adults & Children
PH: 305-825-0300
Citrus Med: General & Internal Medicine
PH: 305-424-3120

Housing services provided through Citrus Health Network are for adults and families with a disability, often due to a chronic mental illness or co-occurring disorder, victims of domestic violence, People Living with HIV/AIDS, veterans and the chronically homeless.

Citrus Health Network is the lead agency in a multi-agency partnership with Miami-Dade County and local municipalities making an effort to prevent homelessness by providing temporary rental assistance for eligible low income individuals and families who are currently homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless.

They offer : Emergency & Transitional Housing, Permanent Supportive Housing, HAND- Rental Assistance Program


City of Miami – Homeless Assistance Program
(Administration): (305) 960-4980
(Outreach Request): (305) 576-9900
(Toll-free for the homeless): 1 (866) 733-3763

The Mission of the Miami Homeless Assistance Program (MHAP) is to provide Outreach, Assessment, Placement, Information, Referral and Transportation services to homeless individuals and families in a caring and professional manner and to employ and train formerly homeless men and women.


City of Miami Beach – 305-604-4663

The City's Homeless Outreach Teams provide outreach and engagement services to the homeless, shelter placement, referral services, identification document replacement services, employment assistance and family reunification.

If you are homeless, or know someone who is, contact the Homeless Outreach Team at 305.604.4663, or by calling toll free the Homeless Helpline at 1.877.994.HELP.

Walk In Center
555 17 Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Click here to download the City's Homeless Outreach Resource Cards


Douglas Gardens Community Mental Health Center - Homeless Services – 305-531-5341

Successful Investments Program: provides temporary housing assistance to victims of domestic violence in order to help clients make the transition to an independent living environment. The services are designed to provide clients assistance in obtaining and maintaining permanent housing including short-term rental assistance, mental health services, case management, and referrals to vocational training and job placement services, legal assistance and child care services.

Access Program: The Advanced Care Program provides financial assistance to individuals who have an income source adequate to meet their monthly housing costs, but who otherwise might not be able afford the initial costs involved in moving into housing (such as funds for furniture, security deposits, utilities, etc.). The program also provides follow-up care for one year to prevent the consumer from becoming homeless again.
Homeless Housing Services: The Center has worked extensively in the development of supportive housing programs for mentally ill individuals who were homeless.  These programs included the acquisition, renovation and operation of a 42 bed historic Art Deco hotel that serves as permanent housing for clients.

Park Place- Mayfair Residence: This program provides apartments for clients that already are in service at the center. This is subsidized housing for those that would benefit from living in a supportive environment. The housing is located at the Mayfair Hotel on Miami Beach, with easy access to the Center.

Shelter Plus Care – Mayfair: provides rental support for homeless individuals with a psychiatric disability.  Individuals are required to pay no more than 30% of their monthly income on rent. The Center provides services equal to the value of the rent subsidy. The units are located at the Mayfair Hotel in Miami Beach.

Shelter Plus Care – Scattered Sites: provides rental support for homeless individuals with a psychiatric disability.  Individuals are required to pay no more than 30% of their monthly income on rent. The Center provides services equal to the value of the rent subsidy. The units are located throughout Miami-Dade County. Individuals participating in this program may receive clinical services from providers of their choice.

Partners for Homes: Subsidized housing integrated in the community is available for individuals who have completed a transitional homeless program through the homeless trust continuum of care. Candidates access this program through their homeless services case manager.


Fellowship House - 305-667-1036
Programs & Services

Psycho- Social Rehabilitation provides members with supportive opportunities to enhance social, interpersonal, vocational, and basic living skills with the goal of achieving maximum community integration.

Community Employment Services provides members with the support needed to achieve vocational goals. Employment Unit staff assist with job skill assessment, development, placement and coaching, work- site accomodations and supportive follow through services. Additionally, staff work with employers to ensure that their business needs are addressed and that the worker is able to fulfill job duties.

Case Management provides coordination of necessary services as indicated on the member’s individualized service plan. Linkage is provided to services such as health care, psychiatric services, and vocational/ educational training. Advocacy is a key function of the program, as case managers strive to ensure an improvement in the individual’s quality of life while promoting autonomy.

Outpatient Services assists in obtaining quality mental health treatment and therapeutic services. Services include: consultation and evaluation, assessment, treatment plan review, individual, group and family therapy.

Community Housing offers continuum of residential settings ranging from supervised, transitional residential treatment to permanent supportive housing. Staff caters their support and service delivery to individual member needs and assists with skills associated with daily living, such as self- care skills and interpersonal communication.


Hope South Florida - 954-566-2311

At our table, you are always welcome.  Shared Meals is where those who find themselves homeless come to enjoy a taste of HOPE though a shared hot meal served by volunteers like YOU!

Appetites unite us all, so we use food as the starting point for building community.

Working together with our church network and volunteers throughout the community, HOPE South Florida has provided over 31,850 shared meals for homeless individuals through our Shared Meal program.

Currently, six lead churches and volunteers from dozens of various churches provide a shared meal for upwards of 150-200 men, women, and children at least five days every week.

Shared Meals Site Information

Monday (Each week)
St Christopher’s Episcopal Church* (with First Church Coral Springs)
318 NW 6th Ave, Ft Lauderdale
Meal and fellowship starts at 6:00pm.

Tuesday (Each week)
First Lutheran Evangelical Church (with First Wesleyan Community Church HSC Ministries)
441 NE 3rd Ave, Ft Lauderdale
Meal and fellowship start at 6:30pm.

Thursday (Each week)
New Life United Methodist Church/Hope Central* (with Christ Church Ft. Lauderdale)
1100 N Andrews Ave, Ft Lauderdale
Set up starts at 5:45pm while service is underway.
Meal and fellowship starts at 6:15pm.

Third Friday of each month
5th Avenue Temple Church of God (with Community Christian Church)
211 NW 5th Ave, Ft. Lauderdale
Church service starts at 6:00pm. Meal immediately afterwards.

Saturday Breakfast (Every week)
Christ Community Church (with Calvary Plantation)*
901 East McNab Road
Church service starts at 9:00am. Meal immediately afterwards.

Sunday (Every week)
Christ Church Pompano Campus – Sikes Hall
210 NE 3rd Street, Pompano
Meal starts at 2:00pm.

Sunday (Every week)
5th Avenue Temple Church of God (with Remar International)
211 NW 5th Ave, Ft Lauderdale
Church service starts at 5:30pm. Meal immediately afterwards.

*Busses running 30 minutes before scheduled meals from: Downtown Library, Bus (Main) Terminal and 5th Ave Church of God.

No reservations required for individual servers.
Groups should contact us ahead to reserve a date.