Skip to footer


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

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

Next HEAL Cohort


Sign up on our subscribe page to be notified of the next dates!


There is no fee to participate.


  • 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.

Ọmọlará Williams McCallister, [email protected]

HEAL Fellowship

Do you have an idea for a project that would make your community more resilient?

The HEAL Fellowship lasts up to 12 months. It supports and funds HEAL program graduates, either individually or in teams, to pursue local projects costing up to $1,500. Participants will receive support and technical assistance to complete their projects from Catalyst Miami.

To apply: Email Mayra Cruz
[email protected]

Participants will be required to:

  • Explore how their projects could influence local neighborhood resilience
  • Submit an application, project proposal, and a proposed budget
  • Track at least three key metrics related to their projects during their project
  • Have regular check-ins (every month at minimum) with Catalyst Miami’s Climate Resilience Program Manager
  • Evaluate the fellowship program at the completion of their 12-month fellowship
  • Communicate with Catalyst Miami detailing the project, lessons learned, metrics tracked, and how funds were spent for reporting purposes

Some examples of fellowship projects are:

  • A youth climate summer camp
  • Hosting events to organize residents around a particular policy
  • Creating a community emergency preparedness plan
  • Creating a rain garden to collect stormwater and reduce flooding
  • Creating and managing a community food garden


Fellowship awards are limited; selection criteria will depend on availability of funds, project feasibility, need for the project, and other factors. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.