Catalyst Miami’s neighborhood-based resilience initiative focuses on the following communities: Homestead/South Dade, Overtown, and North Miami. The goal of this initiative is to facilitate grassroots-led, neighborhood-level community organizing, so that residents can unite around transformative change that allows their community to better prepare for and recover from all of life’s storms.
Our actions include hosting community visioning workshops to assess community priorities and inform programming; distributing disaster preparedness kits; and creating teams of residents, called Community Champions, who meet regularly with our support to implement projects that build community resilience.
In addition, we take a lead role in the policy and advocacy efforts around disaster resilience. We participate in meetings to promote better coordination with government officials around disaster preparedness and response. In 2019, we successfully passed three pieces of legislation at the county level to help institute a local moratorium on evictions directly before, during, and directly after times of disaster.