Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Food & Beverage Tax for homeless?

    When homelessness was first assessed in 1992, it was deemed to be too large for the private sector to fund alone, and an “ongoing” source of public funding was needed. The Florida Legislature, supported by Governor Chiles and the Miami-Dade County Commission, made it possible for there to be a 1% sales tax on food and beverages sold in restaurants with over $400,000 in sales and a liquor license. This means that a $100 meal in one of the larger restaurants will provide $1 to implement the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan. There was no significant opposition to this tax, and it provides a portion of the operating costs of the Homeless Assistance Centers and other facilities in the continuum of care. The tax currently generates approximately $18 million per year.

  • What is the “continuum of care?”

    The Continuum of Care Plan is a “three stage plan” to meet the needs of the homeless:

    • Emergency Housing (Temporary Care) adds beds in up to three Homeless Assistance Centers to provide an alternative to sleeping on the street. The Homeless Assistance Center is a new concept that provides shelter, showers, clothing, food, mail, telephones along with counseling and the development of a “case plan” for each individual.
    • A homeless person’s stay in such a center would be “short-term” – approximately 60 days. A Homeless Assistance Center is the “intake” facility for those entering the “system of care” and provides the needed stabilization and needs assessment.
    • Transitional Housing (Primary Care) provides a six to nine months stay with a focus on intensive case management, to include treatment, rehabilitation, employment, and job training. This care is specialized treatment (mental health; substance abuse; separate programs for men, women and children, AIDS patients, etc.) with the goal of preparing individuals to be self-sufficient.
    • Permanent, Supported Housing (Advanced Care) provides supported long-term permanent housing such as church assisted housing, SRO’s (single room occupancy), voucher-based programs, scattered site leasing, etc. Programs providing move-in assistance are also available.
  • What is the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan?

    The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust was created in 1993 by the Board of County Commissioners with several primary functions:

    • to administer proceeds of the one-percent food and beverage tax;
    • to implement the local continuum of care plan, a three-phased plan, called the Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan (the “Plan”); and
    • to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of County Commissioners on issues involving homelessness.

    The Trust is not a direct service provider. Instead, it is responsible for the implementation of policy initiatives developed by the 27-member Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Board, and the monitoring of contract compliance by agencies contracted with the County, through the Trust, for the provision of housing and services for homeless persons.

    Through its policies and procedures, the Trust also oversees the utilization of the food and beverage tax proceeds dedicated for homeless purposes, as well as other funding sources, to ensure the implementation of the goals of the three-phased plan.

    Additionally, the Trust has served as lead applicant on behalf of the County for federal and state funding opportunities, and developing and implementing the annual process to identify gaps and needs of the homeless continuum.

    The Miami-Dade County Community Homeless Plan is well into implementation as a result of directives of the Board, with policies and funding recommendations made to the Board of County Commissioners in support of the Plan.

    Homeless Trust Leadership
    The Trust is chaired by Ronald L. Book, Esq., Rabbi Solomon Schiff is Vice Chair, and Judge Steve Leifman is Finance Chair. Hilda Fernandez serves as the Trust’s Executive Director.

  • What is the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust?

  • What is the role of corporations, civic groups and religious institutions?

    Each year, Chapman Partnership provides over 800,000 hot meals to our residents. These meals are often prepared, served and/or donated by volunteers. Additionally, the efforts of our volunteers are crucial to the success of our special events and community outreach activities.

    If you are interested in volunteering your time, or setting up a group volunteer project for your corporation or civic organization, please contact 305.329.3030 or visit

  • What kind of in-kind gifts are needed?

    From the books and toys in our Family Resource Center and Day Care to the furniture we provide to those that move on to transitional or permanent housing, the success of Chapman Partnership’s work is dependent on a wide variety of donated goods.

    Our typical needs include furniture, clothing and accessories, computers, books, toys, baby items, radios, towels, linens and toiletries. Additionally donated services range from legal assistance to tutoring and training essential to our residents.

    For information about making an in-kind donation , please call 305.329.3030.

  • For what purpose are private funds being sought?

    Our partnership with the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust provides 65% of our operating budget. The additional 35% of the revenue that bridges the gap between our core services and our comprehensive programming comes from a diverse and generous group of funders, including foundations, corporations, individuals, churches and civic groups. With your help, we can continue to offer hope to those who come to us for help.

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    Learn more about our giving options including event sponsorships and planned giving by calling our development team at 305.329.3066.

  • Who are the leaders of Chapman Partnership?

    The Board of Trustees for Chapman Partnership includes a large number of prominent civic, religious and business leaders from within the community dedicated to assisting the homeless of Miami-Dade County and finding innovative solutions.

    **Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Founding Chairman

    *Carlos Fernandez-Guzman Chairman

    *Trish Bell Immediate Past Chairman

    *Robert E. Chisholm, FAIA Past Chairman

    *Dr. Evalina Bestman Vice Chair

    *Tomas P. Erban Vice Chair

    *Osmond C. Howe, Jr. Vice Chair

    *Jonah Pruitt, III Vice Chair

    *Bonnie M. Crabtree Secretary

    *Tom Huston, Jr. Treasurer

    *H. Daniel Vincent President/CEO

    To see our full leadership list, please click here

  • How does Chapman Partnership Work?

    All of our residents are first referred by the Miami-Dade County Homeless Outreach. Intake process begins with registration and a full evaluation of their situation, including a health screening, assignment of a bed and case manager, and a plan to advance their ability to seek more permanent housing and, if necessary, employment.

    Children are registered for school and/or enrolled in on-site programs. Assistance with forms for Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security & Disability are provided as needed.

  • What services do you provide?

    Chapman Partnership offers a comprehensive, holistic approach through on-site services and partnerships to help residents attain self-sufficiency and housing stability.

    • Children’s Services
      • Head Start program for children Pre-k and under
      • Bus transportation, uniforms and school supplies
      • Family Resource Center for school-age children with quality educational and recreational activities, mentoring, tutoring, character and esteem building activities
      • Evening family enrichment activities designed to foster family bonding, interaction and enhanced communication
    • Healthcare
      • Within 72 business hours, all residents are triaged by our medical team at our Jackson Health System operated on-site health clinics
      • Preventive medical care and chronic disease management including immunizations, health screenings and prescriptions
    • Dental Care
      • A full mobile dental unit open 5 days a week providing preventative and restorative care
      • An oral hygiene education program providing our residents with the necessary skills and supplies to manage and maintain proper oral health
    • Mental Health
      • On-site psychiatric services by a licensed psychiatrist
      • Prescriptions and medication management through follow up psychiatric visits
    • Meal Program
      • 3 nutritionally balanced hot meals daily
      • Over 800,000 meals served annually by volunteers and staff
      • After school snack to 150 children daily
    • Case Management
      • All residents are assigned a case manager for assessment, evaluation and creation of a mutually agreed upon personalized case plan
      • On-site social services and connection to off-site resources include:
        • Legal advice (Legal Services of Greater Miami)
        • ID Cards and Driver Licenses (Florida Dept. of Motor Vehicles)
        • Income Supports (Social Security, Food Stamps, TANF, Veteran’s benefits)
        • NA and AA support groups
        • Budget planning and financial education
        • Family enrichment and parenting classes
        • Stress Management
    • Job Training, Development and Placement
      • Life skills, adult education, and vocational training programs in culinary arts, environmental services, security and other career fields (Miami-Dade County Public Schools)
      • Dedicated staff for job development, job search and a computer lab
      • Job placement assistance to include resume writing, interview skill techniques, clothing, and start-up materials (South Florida Workforce, Jewish Community Services, Suited for Success, volunteers)
    • Housing Placement and Assistance
      • Family reunification program to include relocation assistance
      • Strong relationships with local property owners to facilitate placement
      • Assistance with qualification applications, initial moving expenses and household furnishings
      • Follow up case management for one year post placement
  • What is Chapman Partnership’s mission?

    Provide comprehensive services to empower our homeless residents to become self-sufficient.

  • What is Chapman Partnership?

    Chapman Partnership is the private sector partner of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, commissioned to site, build and operate two Homeless Assistance Centers located in downtown Miami and Homestead. At Chapman Partnership, we empower homeless men, women and children to build a positive future by providing the resources and assistance critical to growth and stability.

    We provide a wide array of support services that go far beyond just emergency shelter to include comprehensive case management, health, mental and dental care, day care, job development and training, job placement, permanent housing assistance and other support from a variety of social service agencies all under one roof to 800 men, women and children daily.