MIAMI (May 5, 2016) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez returned today from a two-day visit to Washington, D.C. The Mayor advocated for federal assistance on four important issues for Miami-Dade County residents: homelessness, the Zika virus, climate change and sea-level rise.
Mayor Gimenez met with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro and staff to discuss recent cuts in federal aid for programs aimed at helping the homeless. The loss of funds threatens to severely impact transitional programs for thousands of homeless individuals and families in Miami-Dade County, and Mayor Gimenez is committed to working with the federal government and the Miami-Dade Homeless Trust to find a solution.
Mayor Gimenez also visited the White House to meet with officials regarding the Zika virus. Florida has 102 confirmed cases, with 40 of those in Miami-Dade County. Although to date none of the Zika cases are locally-acquired, Miami-Dade County government continues to strongly promote preventing mosquito breeding through its Drain and Cover program. The Mayor voiced his support of the $1.9 billion emergency appropriation requested by President Barack Obama, which is awaiting Congressional approval.
The Mayor also participated in the Going Green Conference and the Climate Action 2016 Summit to jumpstart momentum on the Paris Climate Agreement and demonstrate how Miami-Dade County is paving the way as the catalyst for change. The Summit convenes global leaders from all levels of government, business and civil society to showcase and discuss actions all sectors are already taking to make the Agreement a success.
“As Mayor of Miami-Dade County, it is my responsibility to advocate at the federal level to seek maximum funding sources to support the health, safety and sustainability of our world-class community of 2.7 million residents and the millions who visit our community each year,” Mayor Gimenez said. “Our voices were heard in Washington, D.C., and I am confident that we will see positive results from this visit.”
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