Miami Commission approves Lotus House expansion

Women's homeless shelter to receive $25 million redevelopment, expansion

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MIAMI - Exhilaration filled the air at Miami City Hall Thursday, as about 50 representatives from the Lotus House saw their dream come true.

The city commission unanimously approved a zoning exception and waivers that will allow a $25 million expansion and redevelopment of the Lotus House shelter for homeless women and children in Overtown.

It was the fifth time that this was put before the Miami city commissioners, making Thursday's vote that much sweeter for its members, who shared plenty of hugs and cheers upon learning of the vote.

Neekisha Darasaw, a representative of the Lotus House who also has been helped by the group's services, knows just how much of a difference the vote will make in the lives of many women and children. Read Entire Article >



Expansion of Miami’s Lotus House Shelter Wins Final Approval; Construction to Begin this September

New Lotus Village will provide additional housing and supportive programs for 490 women and children, a neighborhood health clinic and children’s wellness center

MIAMI, July 19, 2016 – Miami's most vulnerable women and children will soon get some much-needed relief. Lotus House, one of South Florida's most impactful nonprofit homeless shelters, has won City approval for a state-of-the-art facility that will increase its current capacity from 250 to 490 people. Construction of the project will begin this September, with an anticipated completion date in the fall of 2017.  Read Entire Article >





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Dear Friends, Your tireless support for Lotus Village has been invaluable! Our Miami City Commission voted unanimously to approve Lotus Village last night. Awash with pink, we celebrated the coming of this life saving expansion of Lotus House, with hugs, cheers, tears of joy and so much happiness!

The support of each and every Miami City Commissioner and so many of our neighbors, non-profit partners, businesses, property owners and community leaders from Overtown and throughout Miami have made this very important final step possible. We are deeply appreciative! 

A special note of thanks to our pro bono counsel Bilzin Sumberg, Schwartz Media, and the leadership of the Miami Dade County Homeless Trust!

With boundless gratitude and love from Lotus House, Constance

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 >