Miami Commission Approves Homeless Bed Resolution

Resolution would provide 100 beds in Miami for homeless

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The City of Miami Commission approved a resolution Thursday that would provide funding for an additional 100 beds for the homeless in the city.

The resolution provides 15 shelter beds at a cost of $240,297.75, or $33 per bed per day for 16 months. The funding would come from the budget surplus from fiscal year 2012-2013.

The Miami-Dade Homeless Trust would have to purchase and reserve 85 shelter beds under the resolution.

Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, who introduced the resolution, said there are 500 homeless in the City of Miami, most of them living downtown.

"We know our portion of the homeless are what's called chronic homeless and chronic homeless requires a different solution than has been employed for the past 10 or 15 years," Sarnoff said. "We need a dimensional change in the way we see these folks."

Sarnoff said that now that the commission has passed the resolution, it's up to Mayor Tomas Regalado to sign it.

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