The Voice: the e-newsletter of the Human Services Coalition
Issue 5
February 18, 2010
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Annual trip to Tally
Homeless funding in danger
HSC named agency of the year
Farmers market food stamps
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Young leaders serve the city
Public Allies motivated to better Miami

 Watch our audio slideshow about Public Allies
In this month's audio slideshow, hear young community leaders talk about what motivates them to serve their communities. Public Allies, an Americorps program based in Wisconsin, places participants at local community organizations focused on issues such as healthcare, housing, immigration, gang prevention, youth mentoring and community engagement. Public Allies Miami, hosted by the Human Services Coalition, is currently seeking 30 motivated young adults between the ages of 18 to 30 to participate in this ten-month paid apprenticeship program.
Applications are due before 5 p.m. on June 15. They can be emailed to or mailed to:
Public Allies Miami
c/o Marilyn DeArmas
1900 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 200
Miami, FL 33132
The program begins September 1. Check out our FAQ's page.
Take action in Tallahasse with HSC HSC's 2009 trip to Tallahassee

Demand a more progressive tax structure. Advocate for healthcare for children. Do all this in the halls of our state legislature alongside other passionate Miami-Dade residents.

HSC will take its annual trip to Tallahassee March 30 through April 1. If you are interested in attending, send your completed application to Gretchen Beesing. Participants receive training on tax and healthcare policy issues and speaking to legislators. This is a unique and transformational journey--don't miss out! Can't attend, but want to support our advocacy? Donate to HSC now.

Tell your elected officials to fund services for homeless
A message from the Florida Coalition for the Homeless

Today the Department of Children and Families will present its proposal to reduce the department's budget by 15%--a proposal that would include a 100% reduction in homeless funding--to the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations committee staff.  (Line ten in the proposal.)

1.  Call/email/fax your Florida State Senators now and tell them what these funds mean to your community.
Sample Message:
More and more Floridians--including families with children--are facing and becoming homeless every day.  As a state with one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, now is not the time to turn our backs on our neighbors in need.  During the 2009-2010 FY, these programs have/will assist more than 30,000 Floridians who were homeless or on the verge of becoming homeless. 
These programs and funding are needed more than ever before.  Do not cut these funds; people's lives are depending on them.

2.  Forward this to every homeless advocate in your coalitions and communities.

Advocacy training with Florida Coalition for the Homeless
The Florida Coalition for the Homeless is offering tele-trainings to help new and seasoned advocates prepare for the 2010 state legislative session and homeless advocacy day.

The following dates are scheduled for teleconference Advocacy Training Sessions:                    
           Friday, February 19 - Introduction to Advocacy (repeat)
           Friday, February 26 - 2010 Homeless Issues (repeat)
All trainings are from 10 to 11 a.m. To join the teleconference training please contact Lesa Weikel at
Join the Coalition to End Homelesseness

On March 12th, the first meeting of the Coalition to End Homelessness will take place to discuss ways to advocate for, and heighten awareness of, the homeless in South Florida.  For detailed information, see their meeting notice.
Human Services Coalition is agency of the year

The Miami-Dade chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) has named HSC agency of the year and will present this award at its annual gala on March 4. HSC has been nominated to the State chapter for agency of the year as well. This is the latest in a string of recognitions for HSC. Founder and President Daniella Levine was awarded the Cal Kovens Community Service Award at the Florida International University graduation in December, will receive an award from Belafonte TACOLCY next week and will be honored at the Women of Impact Award ceremony hosted by the Women's History Coalition on March 11.
Nourishing neighborhoods doubles consumer benefits

Roots in the CityThanks to funding from Wholesome Wave, the Bander Family Foundation and the Knight Foundation and the assistance of the Department of Children and Families, HSC and Roots in the City will launch a farmers market in Overtown in March. Recipients of food stamps (SNAP) will receive tokens matching each dollar spent at the market up to $10 per market day. The markets will be held on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at 1000 NW 2 Ave., Miami, 33132.

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