As mentioned in a prior post; the ACLU filed it’s Appellate Brief on behalf of FAC and the 200+ registered citizens living alongside the railroad tracks at the corner of 79th Street and NW 36th Avenue in Miami.
Derek Logue of OnceFallen.com, who had traveled to Florida last week and visited the encampment initiated a post to which FAC replied. Since our reply contained a lot of information and could possibly be an action item for anyone (or group of people) who want to help these people, we’ve re-posted the information in this separate post.
If you are willing to make some calls (you don’t need to be in Florida) on behalf of these guys, please feel free to use this information.
|Derek W Logue of OnceFallen.com
Submitted on 2016/04/07 at 10:11 am
Someone beat me to it. I shot a pretty good video of the current camp. My next question is, while we are waiting on the ACLU, would FAC put together a donation drive to help get some much needed supplies to these folks? What if FAC could sponsor some much needed porta-potties or at buy some of those commode chairs, as well as provide some toilet paper? Maybe we can get these folks some clothes, too, maybe some camping gear, cots, etc. Doesn’t have to be new, but some folks don’t have anything.
I want to help them more than just by video but it is hard for me to do anything from Ohio.
Derek – thanks for going out there. Wish you captured it after 10PM – that’s when people start showing up and it tells a much more horrifying tale.
FAC members have individually brought stuff out there and if anyone wants to contribute items we’ll gladly coordinate delivery to the encampment. There are also religious groups that do some of that. One church is there every Sunday night serving food, giving out blankets, doing a bible study, etc. We can’t put in port-a-potties because it’s not our (or the registrant’s) property. During the day they need to be out of there because the warehouses don’t want them there and something permanent, like a port-a-potty or shipping container to use as shelter are all ideas that were approached and rejected.
Also, during the day people need to hide their stuff in the bushes. A few times the County has come in, cut out the bushes and discarded all their property. It’s really shitty.
This, being our most critical project since these guys were under the Tuttle, is something we’ve been working on for years and believe me; there are not many stones un-turned.
The best thing FAC can do is to keep the lawsuit going by helping the ACLU with legwork, liaising with the guys out there and pushing people to get OUTSIDE media involved. When they were pouring out from under the Julia Tuttle it became an international embarrassment, which is why they moved them to the tracks. Now that they are tucked out there, it’s out of sight, out of mind… Also, Ron Book is the chair of the Miami-Dade homeless trust! If that irony doesn’t speak volumes about how corrupt and screwed up things are down here, nothing will convince anyone.
The best thing you can do from Ohio is use your reach to tell people outside of Florida what’s going on here. The more attention we can bring to this disgrace, the better!
For those who do want to offer some financial help to those living out there, if you earmark a contribution to FAC to “Outreach” under the drop down on https://floridaactioncommittee.org/donations/ we will have some volunteers pick up hygiene products and camping supplies and deliver it to the encampment.
Additionally, FAC has put together resources for the people at the encampment. This list of resources are social services agencies in the County. Recognizing that most of the people who are out there are worried about where they going to sleep and in which bush to use the bathroom, not able to work out logistics for themselves (or reading this blog post), it would be useful for us to call these agencies on their behalf, letting them know that there are over 200 people out there after 10PM (stress AFTER 10PM, because if they come during the day they will see warehouses in operation). We could use some volunteers to call the below organizations asking for help.
Miami Coalition for the Homeless
Miami-Dade Cty. Homeless Trust
Douglas Gardens CMHC – Homeless Assistance Program
M. Teresa Mission of Charity
Miami City Mission
Miami Rescue Mission
New Life Family of Catholic Charities
Salvation Army Miami
VOA – Miami Transitional Housing For Veterans/Service Center
Community Partnership for Homeless
Miami Coalition for the Homeless
Operation Sacred Trust (Homeless Veterans)
Yvette Costa (Verde Gardens)
City of Miami Homeless Housing Program
Miami Dade County Homeless Program
National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV)
Advocate Program, Inc.
America Works of Florida, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of South Florida, Inc.
HOPE South Florida, Inc.
United Way of Broward County
Veterans New Life Haven
Veterans Support Organization
Miami VA Healthcare System
Healthcare for Homeless Veterans
Miami Vet Center