Bridging Families & Communities(BFC)
Bridging Families & Communities is a program funded by The Children’s Trust which provides home based wrap around services to children exposed to family violence. BFC has been serving the Miami Dade Community for over 10 years. By providing care coordination and mental health consultation families are supported to raise children in a safe and supportive environment. Collaborative partners include the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, Miami Dade Public Schools, law enforcement, the State Attorney’s Office, domestic violence shelters and other community providers.
Veteran Supportive Services Unit(VSSU)
The Advocate Program launched the Veteran Supportive Services Unit in 2011, with the ultimate goal of ending veteran homelessness in Miami- Dade and Monroe Counties. Through the Department of Veterans Affairs Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program, the Advocate Program has been able to assist thousands of Veterans and their families’ transition out of homelessness and move into permanent housing.The Advocate Program partners with Citrus Health Network, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Jewish Community Services, and Miami- Dade County’s Homeless Trust to provide veterans with an array of wrap around services to assist them on their journey towards housing stability. Through these partnerships we are able to offer veterans case management services, legal services, housing counseling, employment services, connection to Veteran Affairs and public benefits, and temporary financial assistance needed to obtain or retain permanent stable housing. VSSU has provided services for over 2000 veterans since inception and helped to officially Ending Veteran Homelessness in Miami Dade County.
Advocate Housing Solutions
Advocate Housing Solutions (AHS) is a housing program that offers rental assistance and wrap around services to persons in Miami Dade who are homeless. This includes survivors of domestic violence and chronically homeless persons. Services provided by AHS include, but are not limited to case management, assistance with housing search, rental assistance,safety planning, legal services, and linkage to services and public benefits such as medical benefits, food benefits, transportation, and childcare.
Advocate Center for Treatment & Training(ACTT)
The criminal justice system is faced with dealing with the crisis involving addictions. Individuals are arrested every day for drug crimes. Many of these individuals have little to no criminal histories and are only involved in the justice system due to their addictions. Several of these suffer from issues relating to unemployment and homelessness. Addictions counseling is expensive and few of these individuals have the resources in place to get the help they need. Advocate Program receives funds to assist individuals facing economic barriers to accessing services. Money should never be the reason someone can’t get the help they need. Assisting these individuals helps ensure that addictions are addressed, reduces overall crimes, and increases safety in the home and community. Advocate Program, Inc. provides both group and individual counseling to persons facing this issue.
There are currently over 2.3 million individuals serving time in America’s federal and state prisons, and millions of people cycling through local jails every year. Ninety-five percent (95%) of all offenders incarcerated today will eventually be released and will return to communities. Reentry programming ensures that the transition individuals make from jail to home is successful and promotes public safety. Through the Advocate’s work and research in reentry, the Program hopes to increase its capacity to serve all offenders and play a major role in making them ex-offenders. Transitional services assist in the reintegration of offenders into the community. Funds are needed to deliver transitional services to improve offender access to housing, education, substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and job training and readiness. Support for these programs will assist in reducing recidivism and increase overall safety in the community.