Lotus House in Miami Plans to Build $20 Million Children’s Village

After buying 5 parcels of land for $3.5 million straight throughout from its 500-bed shelter in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood, Lotus Home plans to assemble a brand new 75,000 sq. foot, $20 million facility known as The Kids’s Village to reinforce the wants of the youth sheltered at Lotus Village and the encircling group.

“In the case of ending homelessness amongst our youth, guaranteeing entry to training and the socialization that comes with it’s simply as important as offering meals, healthcare and shelter,” says Constance Collins, Govt Director of Lotus Home. “I’m usually reminded that play is kids’s work. Play is how kids study, categorical themselves creatively, develop sturdy social and emotional abilities, discover and uncover the world round them. The Kids’s Village will supply therapeutic providers, academic help, numerous programming, and a artistic surroundings for the youngsters and youth of Overtown, together with these sheltered at Lotus Home, equipping them to achieve college and life.”

Whereas Lotus Home focuses on ending homelessness, with 80% of its friends exiting the shelter system after leaving the shelter, The Kids’s Village goals to stop homelessness by specializing in kids’s academic, therapeutic, social, and wellness wants at a younger age. The Kids’s Village can even function residence to different community-based nonprofits, providing sources and programming for kids and youth and their households in Overtown and surrounding neighborhoods.

“By co-locating with different nonprofits inside The Kids’s Village, we’re establishing a brand new mannequin for unprecedented collaboration, group engagement, cooperation and holistic help for kids and households,” Collins says. “The pandemic has exacerbated so many inequities, gaps, and desires in our group, notably for the youngsters and youth we shelter. With our group’s beneficiant help, The Kids’s Village will make many extra goals come true right here within the coronary heart of Overtown,” she added.

Lotus Village, which opened in 2017, is a state-of-the-art shelter that serves as much as 500 girls and youngsters nightly with providers to girls and youngsters experiencing homelessness. The brand new constructing will comprise 5 flooring housing school rooms, supportive providers and sources for kids and youth of all ages from Lotus Village and the encircling group.

The nonprofit’s enlargement is made doable by means of Lotus Village II, LLC’s lately accomplished $3.5 million acquisition of 5 parcels of land situated at NW 14th Terrace and NW 2nd Avenue. The $20 million venture can be funded by means of a mix of philanthropic presents and financing organized by Lotus Endowment Fund, Inc., launched as a capital marketing campaign to boost the personal funds wanted to construct, function and preserve The Kids’s Village at Lotus Village.

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