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Community Notice News Item: M.D.C. Office of Community Advocacy Updates

Commission on Disability Issues

CODI Monthly Meeting

Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: 111 NW 1st Street Miami, FL 33128, 18th Floor Conference Room 18-4

Culture Shock Miami

Semi-Toned Presents: GAME of TONES

In a program called Game of Tones, the 13-member a capella ensemble SEMI-TONED an enchanting evening of well-known music from Broadway and the silver screen plus their own original arrangements of American and British Pop standards.

It’s like “Pitch Perfect” meets “Downton Abbey!”

Every Third Tuesday:

FedAssist – Representatives from USCIS will be providing customer service regarding U.S. Citizenship Application Status, and Immigration Case Status.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) – will be providing services for low-income veteran families: Short Term Case Management, Rental Assistance, Utility Deposit/Rental Assistance, Security Deposit Assistance, Patriot Pass Assistance, Emergency Supplies, and Childcare Assistance.

DCF/ACCESS – The Department of Children and Families (DCF) will be offering their ACCESS program, which provides the following services: Temporary Cash Assistance, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and Refugee Assistance.

Every Third Thursday:

DMV to Go  – Every third Thursday of the month renew or replace driver’s license or state ID card.

MDX-SunPass – Every third Thursday of the month MDX will provide all attendees with a free SunPass mini for all vehicles in their household as well as informing residents about current and future MDX projects.

Open Enrollment for the MDX Cash Back Toll Dividend Program Runs from January 11 – March 31, 2016 

Every Month:

Take the Train, Take the Test – the Florida Department of Health, Miami-Dade Transit and 3-1-1 have joined forces to offer free HIV and STD testing to the public at select Metrorail stations.

Community Recognition Dinner

The Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB) is soliciting nominations for the outstanding contributions made by members of the community. Once a year, AAAB recognizes Asian Americans in the community who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding contributions for the good of the community. These individuals are presented at the Distinguished Service Award during the Board’s annual dinner. This year the dinner is planned for May 14, 2016.

For information and nomination, please e-mail or call the Board: ; (305) 812-4824

The Next Black Affairs Advisory Board Meeting :

When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Chairperson: Stephen Hunter Johnson

Director: Retha Boone-Fye

Office: (305) 375-4606

Hours: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: SPCC – Tenth floor rear conference room

Straight talk with Dr. Waldo

Chairwoman, Mara Zapata, and Director, Laura Morilla, of the Miami-Dade County Commission for Women joined host Rosy Castro on “Straight Talk with Dr. Waldo” on radio station 880 AM The Biz in observance of Women’s History Month.

Listen HERE

The Next Commission for Women Meeting :

When: Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Chairperson: Mara Zapata

Director: Laura Morilla

Office: (305) 375-4967

Hours: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Location: SPCC – Sixth floor conference room

How to Stop the Shootings

In response to the rash of fatal shootings and other violence impacting children and young adults in Miami-Dade County, the Miami-Dade County Community Relations Board (CRB) in partnership with elected officials and other advocacy organizations will convene forums with teenagers and young adults in high impact communities. The meetings are intended to help reduce tensions and empower community members by engaging youth, providing a forum to share information, identify resources and facilitate partnerships and relationships.  The CRB would be pleased to have you join us for this important community building event . Your help is also needed to inform and invite residents from your constituent communities.

Today’s Community Relations Board Meeting :

Chairperson: Dr. Walter T. Richardson

Director: Amy Carswell

Office: (305) 375-1406

Hours: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Location: SPCC – Eighteenth floor #18-4

Hispanic Affairs Advisory Board 2016 Meeting Calendar

The Next Military Affairs Board Meeting :

When: Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chairperson: Jose “Pepe” Diaz

Director: Gus Cruz

Office: (305) 375-4493

Hours: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location: Firefighters Memorial Bldg. 8000 NW 21 Street

Miami-Dade County Services

Please click on link and let us know, other than water, what other Miami-Dade County Service you frequently use?

Miami-Dade County Issues of Concern

Survey Results & Comments

Spay & Neuter

Miami-Dade Animal Services offers donor-subsidized spay/neuter services for dogs and cats at a low cost at the shelter. This service is available to Miami-Dade County residents only. Your patience is appreciated as Miami-Dade County’s Animal Services Department is limited to the amount of surgeries offered per day. A surgical appointment can be scheduled online. Pet owners can also call 3-1-1 to schedule a surgical appointment.


  • $30 cost for the spay & neuter services.
  • Surgeries for dogs are offered every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (excluding County holidays).
  • To qualify for the surgery, dogs must be at least 3 months old and weigh between 3 and 50 pounds.


  • $15 cost for the spay & neuter services.
  • Surgeries for cats are offered every Thursday and Friday (excluding County holidays).
  • To qualify for the surgery, cats must be at least 3 months old and weigh at least 3 pounds.
  • Feral cats will be accepted and will be ear tipped.

Mayors Wanted Presidential Candidates Quizzed About Climate Change

Twenty-one mayors – most of them from South Florida – sent a letter to the moderators for both debates. The mayors want the candidates to explain how they plan to deal with climate change and sea level rise.

FPL is planning on building two new nuclear reactors at its current plant

“Administrative Law Judge Bram Canter says that the cooling canal system at the FPL-owned Turkey Point nuclear plant has caused unacceptable levels of saltwater to enter the Biscayne Aquifer. The Aquifer is the main source of freshwater for South Floridians.”

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