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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

October 3 - November 21, 2022
6:30 – 9:00 PM
Every Monday for 7 weeks

Hybrid Online or In-person at:

Vive City Chapel
15651 NW 6th Ave
Miami, FL 33169

There is no fee to participate.


  • Dinner is provided at the in-person sessions.
  • 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.

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.

Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship

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

The Catalyst Miami Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship recognizes that we cannot make the change we need to see in our communities as an individual organization, or through policy alone. We recognize the many neighborhood leaders that feel called to work to improve their communities, often with no financial or technical support.

The Neighbors to Leaders Fellowship provides assistance to such leaders who have gone through our leadership programs such as HEAL and CLEAR. Through this fellowship, participants gain access to financial and other resources, one-on-one technical support, and to professional networks that advance the development of grassroots, community-based initiatives. This program allows our alumni to take the next step in implementing the training and skills gained in leadership programs to support their personal growth, strengthen our communities, and create a Miami-Dade in which we all thrive.

To apply: Email Izegbe Onyango 
[email protected]

The basics:

  • The fellowship supports and funds our leadership alumni in implementing local projects to improve neighborhood resilience and quality of life.
  • Fellows can apply for up to $1,500 of project funds. (Restrictions apply.)
  • Fellows receive support and technical assistance to complete projects from the Catalyst Miami project management team.
  • Fellowship support lasts up to 12 months.

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.