The NMTC proceeds increased the number of available emergency shelter beds by 60%, including a special housing unit for victims of human trafficking. ACT is providing a planning grant to Camillus House for a social enterprise catering business that will train and employ clients of Camillus House.
Camillus House is a full-service center offering a comprehensive system of care for the over 4,000 homeless individuals in Miami-Dade County. Founded in 1960 as a small overnight shelter to help Cuban exiles as they arrived in Miami, the organization has grown to provide services at 16 locations throughout Miami-Dade County. These services include substance abuse and mental health treatment; emergency, transitional, and permanent housing; hospitality (clothing, restrooms, showers) and food services; and healthcare through a sister organization. In 2015, Camillus House provided 350,000 free meals, treated 29,535 patients for behavioral health issues, and provided medical care to 4,200 patients. UACD provided Federal and Florida state NMTC allocation to Camillus House, the proceeds of which funded an expansion of their emergency shelter capacity by 118 beds, reactivated 28 Jail Diversion program beds, and funded an additional 120 service provision instances as part of the Lazarus Project, an outreach program for hard-to-reach homeless individuals with mental illness.