houseCounty program offers homeowners valuable services at no cost

Homeowners who reside in single-family residences may qualify for a unique program that will allow them to have the exterior of their home painted and/or accordion hurricane shutters installed. The Paint and Shutter Program is funded through Surtax dollars and is available through the Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD).

Homeowners will be required to participate in a forgivable mortgage program which requires them to remain in the home for up to 10 years after the upgrades have been completed. Participation in the program is subject to the availability of funds.  Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis.

Maryell Epps and Piccolo kick-off music festivals in Historic Overtown

In celebration of Black Music Month, New Washington Heights will partner with the Southeast Overtown/ Park West Community Redevelopment Agency (SEOPW CRA) and City of Miami Commissioner Michelle Spence-Jones to host the Folk Life Fridays in the Village music festival on Friday, June 21st at the 9th Street Pedestrian Mall in Overtown.

Folk Life Fridays, which serves as a cultural tourist attraction, is an open-air market with live music, arts and crafts, and tasty cuisine designed to promote the culture and heritage of the historic Overtown community. Acclaimed jazz singer Maryell Epps, Miami-based rapper Piccolo and other local acts will provide live entertainment.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will sponsor a Food Service Summer Program for Children in several eligible schools during summer school - June, July and August. The program, similar to the National School Lunch Program, provides nutritionally balanced meals to children regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age or national origin, during the summer.

All children ages 18 years and younger are eligible for a lunch and/or breakfast at no charge. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 or call 800-845-6136 (Spanish).

During the past three decades, Food For The Poor-Jamaica has grown exponentially from a small feeding program in Kingston, to the largest international relief organization in Jamaica.

 Food For The Poor continues to serve as a ray of hope to the island’s destitute, even though the organization’s name has become somewhat of a misnomer. Housing, education and agriculture are now also major areas of focus for Food For The Poor, all with the goal of meeting the immediate needs of the poorest of the poor and helping the destitute rise out of poverty.