Beacon brings more affordable housing to heart of Overtown

caines | 7/19/2012, 5:30 a.m.

Vice Chairwoman Audrey M. Edmonson helped inaugurate The Beacon, 1000 NW 1st Avenue, in Miami on July 11th. Located in the heart of Overtown across from the historic Lyric Theatre, the 90 LEED-certified units also offer access to after-school and youth empowerment programs, intergenerational activities and more programs designed to help working families. In addition, the public-private partnership with Carlisle Development includes donated space to the non-profit URGENT, Inc., which provides social services, education, training and affordable housing and targets neighborhoods in Overtown, Liberty City, Little Haiti and Goulds. URGENT, Inc. initiatives include pregnancy prevention, skills development, career internships, case management and other programs. I am pleased to celebrate the completion of another affordable housing project in District 3, Edmonson said. Not long ago I was here, surrounded by construction workers, marking the topping off ceremony for the building. Todays ribbon cutting is proof that we can continue to work on public-private partnerships to bring additional, much-needed quality housing. We are proud that the Beacon is now open and will become home to many of our Overtown residents. Photo courtesy Ryan Holloway/Miami-Dade County