logo_mainMiami’s Lotus House to double its size

New village will provide additional support for 490 women, children a neighborhood health clinic and children’s wellness center

Miami Times staff report | 3/2/2016, 2 p.m.

It’s no secret that homelessness is one of the most pressing issues facing Miami. But often overlooked is the high percentage of women and children living on Miami’s streets – about one third of the city’s

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Constance Collins founder of Lotus House

homeless population – and the lack of resources meeting their needs.

Lotus House is Miami’s only shelter exclusively dedicated to women and children.

Miami's homeless community is about to get some much-needed relief. Lotus House, one of South Florida's nonprofits aimed at curbing homelessness among women, youth and children, is in the final stages of winning approval for a state-of-the-art shelter that will increase its current capacity from 225 to 490.

The city of Miami’s Planning and Zoning board will consider approval of the expansion at its March 2 meeting. City staff has recommended approval. If approved, construction is projected to begin this June with an anticipated completion date in September 2017.

Constance Collins, founder of Lotus House, said she is asking for community support for the project. “We have our financing in place,” Collins said.            

Now in its 10th year serving Miami's homeless from its campus in Overtown, Lotus House has welcomed more than 1,700 women and children, including 119 newborns who will some day call Lotus House their first home.

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Lotus House seeks approval for new $25M Overtown facility

Lotus Village will span 120,000 square feet and include 140 living units
By Katherine Kallergis

Ten years after opening Lotus House in a handful of rehabbed buildings in Overtown, the shelter will go before the city of Miami Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board on Wednesday with plans for a new $25 million development. Read Full Article >

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Lotus House shelter for women and children to expand, redevelop Miami compound
BY DAVID SMILEY

The president of Miami’s only homeless shelter exclusively for women and children is standing inside a medical exam room that once served as an efficiency kitchen, explaining how she and her staff once cooked meals here for nearly three dozen “guests.” It doesn’t seem possible. Read more >

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About The Lotus Endowment Fund

The Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc. is a supporting foundation for The Sundari Foundation, Inc. and its initiatives, including the Lotus House Women’s Shelter. The Endowment Fund was formed to secure the financial stability and long-term viability of the Sundari Foundation, so the Lotus House will serve as a resource for women, children and youth in need for generations to come. Read More >

About Lotus House

The Lotus House is a unique resource center and residential facility serving homeless women and infants in the heart of the historic African American district of Overtown, Miami, an area suffering from extreme poverty. Lotus House provides free, transitional housing and wrap around support services with access to a wide range of resources to approximately 160 women and children annually. Read More >

About Lotus Village

Lotus Village is envisioned as a mixed-use “village” with combined state of the art shelter facilities and supportive services serving homeless individuals and families, as well as our Overtown neighborhood. In Lotus Village, we seek to create a prototype for the future, in which shelter and services for those in need are fully integrated with the urban fabric of the neighborhood we call home. Read More >