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HEAL

Housing Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership

The 7-week HEAL program provides participants with the groundwork to become affordable housing advocates, educators, leaders, and innovators in their communities and beyond. Participants will develop leadership skills and a deep understanding of the history of housing advocacy, cutting-edge solutions, and how to get involved locally.

Program graduates can apply for a Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship—mini-grants with continued mentorship—to support their own housing justice projects or initiatives.

Click here to find out why community leaders and HEAL grads believe housing is a human right.

Participants will learn to

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Bring voice and power to all seats of decision-making to ensure all community voices are heard and respected
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Expose and challenge how poverty, low wages, and discrimination contribute to the housing crisis
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Effectively advocate for practices and policies that strengthen the livability of Miami communities
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Educate others on housing advocacy, solutions, and how to get involved

Next HEAL Cohort

NOTE: Applications will open again soon. Please subscribe to our Policy & Advocacy newsletter to be notified.

WHEN:
June 8 - July 20, 2023
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Every Thursday for 7 weeks

WHERE:
Online

COST:
There is no fee to participate.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • A dinner stipend is provided for online sessions at the end of the program.
  • Open to adults and teens (14+). Teens can earn community service hours.
  • Youth program available for kids ages 6-13 (must have a parent/guardian in HEAL).
  • Free interpretation in Spanish, Haitian Creole, and American Sign Language available upon request.
  • Accessibility accommodations available upon request.

CONTACT:
Fatou Cisse, [email protected]

HEAL Youth

The Youth program is open to children between the ages of 6 and 13. The curriculum is full of fun and interactive learning opportunities that are flexible for different age groups. Activities are separated by age group (elementary school: ages 6-9; middle school: ages 10-13) and are designed to engage participants at their appropriate learning-level. 

Youth participants will learn about:

  • Our city and neighborhoods
  • History of Overtown
  • Building a home, from its foundation to finishing touches
  • The impacts of climate change on housing and communities
  • Advocacy 101: what they want to advocate for and ways to do it

NOTE: Participants must have a parent or guardian in the HEAL program.