Fort Lauderdale Homelessness, A Conversation About Anti –Semitism & Miami Art Week

Dec 4, 2018

The city of Fort Lauderdale is helping their homeless population by providing them with housing, job opportunities and mental health services this holiday season. The initiative comes after a few missteps in dealing with the homeless that led to the city making national news.  

On Monday, the city held a commission meeting over the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s proposed but controversial affordable micro-units for low-income and previously homeless residents. Sundial spoke to Vice Mayor and Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Ben Sorensen of District 4 about the latest efforts to provide better solutions for the homeless.

Hanukkah is upon us and some in South Florida’s Jewish community want to use this time to remember the victims of last month’s shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. We spoke with Randy Coleman, the Executive Director of the Levis Jewish Community Center in Boca Raton and David Baum, Rabbi of the Shaarei Kodesh Congregation, about how Jews in South Florida are discussing and handling the growing antisemitism.

Art Basel is not just for those with deep pockets. There are plenty of free and cheap events happening as part of Miami Art Week. We talked with Cathy Bird, the host of the podcast Fresh Art International about how to enjoy the festivities on the cheap. We also spoke with Octavia Yearwood, a local artist and performer that also works teaching the arts to at-risk youth in Miami, and sound artist Gustavo Matamoros, whose installation “Everglades” will be as part of Miami Art Week.