The HOMY Collective - Helping Our Miami-Dade Youth
The HOMY Collective (HOMY) is a community-wide, multi-sector effort to create a locally designed, comprehensive system of care to prevent and address youth homelessness in Miami-Dade County. Our shared mission is to create a community dedicated to preventing and ending youth homelessness. Youth homelessness is defined as individuals between the ages of 13 to 24 who are unaccompanied by a parent or guardian and who are experiencing housing instability.
The HOMY membership is composed of over 80 partners, including government agencies, non-profit organizations, foundations, and service providers. The Initiative is rooted in the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) Framework To End Youth Homelessness and includes committees that address the core outcome areas of Stable Housing, Well-Being, Permanent Connections, and Education and Employment. In addition to these four core outcome areas, the YHI also includes four additional committees focused on the following: Funding, Data & Research, Public Relations and Outreach, and a Youth Voice Advisory Council. Our Youth Voice Advisory Council helps our community to ensure that youth perspective is not only included, but prioritized as we develop the system of care.
The lead organizations of the Youth Homelessness Initiative are Miami Homes For All, Project UP-START, the Homeless Education Program of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and The Alliance for GLBTQ Youth. Miami Homes For All and Project UP-START are supported by the 12 members of the Steering Committee who are also the Co-chairs of the eight Issue-Area Committees. The members of the Steering Committee represent the following organizations: University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement, University of Miami Children and Youth Law Clinic, Florida Foster Care Review, Educate Tomorrow, Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ Project UP-START, Aqua Foundation for Women, Casa Valentina, The Children's Trust, Jackson Health Services, Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, and South Florida Behavioral Health Network. In addition to these members, the Steering Committee receives technical assistance, support, and instruction from Megan Albertson of Fetch Data LLC on systems change techniques reflecting Collective Impact and the ABLe Change Framework.
The HOMY website is coming soon!
Are you interested in joining the HOMY Youth Voice Advisory Council? This is our board of youth with lived experience of housing instability. If you are between the ages of 17 to 24 and are interested in becoming an advocate for other youth facing housing, struggles, click the link below!
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