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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

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

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


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.

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.