Miami commissioners vote 4-1 in support of ‘adopt-a-homeless’ program

Miami commissioners voted 4-1 on Thursday in favor of a resolution to establish the “adopt-a-homeless” program.

Commissioner Joe Carollo, who is running for reelection on Nov. 2, proposed the resolution to allow Miami residents to provide housing in exchange for “reimbursements.”

With the resolution, the commissioners are tasking the city manager to establish the program “at no cost to the city” by finding “grants from the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust” or other agencies.

Carollo’s proposal was born out of a discussion on Oct. 14 about his effort to ban encampments on public property.

The idea prompted the advocates of people who are experiencing homelessness in Miami to organize rallies and protests against “criminalizing homelessness.”

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