The Voice: the e-newsletter of the Human Services Coalition
Issue 8
May 27, 2010
in this issue
Penny Wise petition
Changemaker Conference
Public Allies Showcase
Comedy for civic change
Housing Wage report
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Healthcare 'rap-up'
HSC reflects on healthcare through song
As we gear up for the implentation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, we thought we'd take a look back at how we got here. Through hip hop music. Don't believe me? Click here. *Warning: parental discretion advised*
Healthcare rap-up
Sign petition to save vital community services
The Penny Wise Campaign is back! In the fall, the county commission and mayor will be making budget decisions that could drastically reduce funding for services in Miami. Sign our petion and join our Facebook group to stop the damaging cuts to social services, jobs and the arts.

How much do you know about our county's budget? Take this month's quiz:

1. How many community-based organizations (CBO's) are currently funded by Miami-Dade County?
2. By what percentage did Miami-Dade County reduce funding for CBO's in FY 2009-10?
3. How much has the budget for CBO's been cut since 2004?

Highlights from the Changemaker Conference
Public Ally Max Morales speaking at Imagine Miami Changemaker Conference IVWe had a great conference, "Sustaining Livable Communities through Civic Activism," at the beginning of the month. We would like to thank everyone who came and shared their vision for Miami's future.  Listen to our podcast for some of the highlights.
Stay tuned for news about future conferences and connect with other changemakers on our Facebook page.
Tickets for Showcase at Fairchild going fast 
Public Allies 2010Join us June 10 from 6 - 9 pm at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden for the Public Allies Showcase in the Garden, a celebration and fundraiser for Public Allies Miami, an AmeriCorps program hosted at HSC.

The showcase will feature acts by Public Allies and local artists. Help us continue to build the capacity of local nonprofit organizations by enjoying an evening of art, community service and fun!

Some silent auction items you can look forward to bidding on are: an autographed photograph of Dwayne Wade, a private wine tasting for 20 people, a 4-day/3-night stay at a Cancun Resort, a private yoga session and a South Florida Theater Season Ticket Package.

Tickets available on our website.
10th annual theater event supports HSC 
Theater invitationCome enjoy a critically acclaimed comedy and improve your community at the same time. On June 18 at 8 pm, Speech and Debate will be showing at GableStage, and ticket proceeds will support the work of the Human Services Coalition. With a glowing review from the New York Times, who could stay away? Arrive early (7:30) for our awards presentation, at which we will honor Linda Carmona-Sanchez and Keith Ivory for their dedication to the community. A cocktail reception will follow the performance.

Tickets available on our website.
Report: National Housing Wage Is $18.44

National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) released the findings of its annual research report, Out of Reach, on April 21. The report shows the gap between what households need to earn to afford a modest two-bedroom apartment and what they actually earn, both nationally and for jurisdictions across the country.

The often-cited national two-bedroom Housing Wage is now at $18.44, up from $17.84 last year. The national Housing Wage is the hourly wage one must earn in order to afford the average two-bedroom Fair Market Rent (FMR) of $959, assuming that one has full-time, year-round employment and that no more than 30% of household income goes towards housing and utility costs. 

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