Lotus Village breaks ground today in Overtown, beginning construction of a new state-of-the-art facility designed to both end and prevent homelessness, coinciding with the announcement of "a major corporate gift," per the press release.
City of Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Lotus House alumni, county officials and other long-time supporters of the project will watch as children who were born into the shelter take the first dig at a new future with small pink shovels.
"The new Lotus Village in Miami will be a role model for how cities can bring an end to homelessness with enriched shelter and support services that address the most needy and fragile among us," says Lotus House Founder Constance Collins.
The new complex will feature the following, per the Real Deal:
The facility, at 217 Northwest 15th Street, will feature courtyards, fountains, community rooms, training centers, and a fully equipped wellness center. It currently houses about 250 homeless people, with the expansion providing 500 beds.
Plans call for 120,000 square feet with 140 living units; a computer library; yoga, exercise and meditation room; an art and activities lab; a children’s wellness center; a trauma-focused daycare; full health clinic with women’s wellness and pediatrics; a dining pavilion; beauty salon; vegetable garden; teaching kitchen and more.