ICYMI: Miami Housing Crisis; Hooded Burglar

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Here are some of this week's top stories from the NBC 6 Weekend Digest:

What Miami Is Doing About Affordable Housing Crisis

The City of Miami is creating a “master plan” to address its affordable housing crisis, with a goal of creating 12,000 affordable units by 2024.

Throughout the month of April, residents in each of Miami’s five districts have met with city officials to learn about this plan and discuss how it can be catered to each neighborhood’s unique features.

The plan comes weeks after a study by Florida International University revealed that Miami was the seventh least affordable metro in the world. Only Hong Kong, Sydney, Los Angeles, London, Toronto and New York City were more expensive.

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MIA Unveils Sensory Room for Kids During Autism Awareness Month

Miami International Airport has unveiled a new sensory room aimed at helping kids with special needs have a comfortable travel experience.

The multi-purpose room, which opened during Autism Awareness Month, includes a variety of soothing “sensory fixtures” including wall puzzles, a light projector, an aquatic bubble tub and more. The room is dimly lit and includes cushioned seats and chairs, all to help create a relaxing atmosphere for kids with cognitive or developmental disabilities.

For kids with disabilities like autism, traveling can be a stressful and anxiety-producing activity, the airport says. The sensory room aims to provide a sense of calm to kids before they embark on their respective journeys.

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Hooded Burglar Caught on Camera Stealing From Miami Store

A hooded burglar was caught on camera breaking into a neighborhood variety store in Flagami and stealing more than $15,000 in merchandise.

The burglary happened early Friday at El Encanto on West Flagler Street.

Dayanaris Montelongo, an employee, said the burglar took telephones, memory sticks and about $400 in cash.

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Miami Woman Left Child Inside Car While She Went Shopping: Police

A Miami woman was arrested after she left her child, who has autism, behind inside her car while she shopped at a Bed, Bath and Beyond, police said.

Veronika Lopez, 47, faces a charge of child neglect with no great bodily harm, an arrest report said.

Police said Lopez left her 4-year-old daughter in her car seat inside of her vehicle Thursday afternoon at the Dadeland Station Mall.

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