Overview of Neighborhood
Residing at Casa Cesar Chavez offers an unmatched respite for single farm laborers, food service workers and day laborers or those arriving in Miami-Dade for work without family members. It’s not easy to find an inexpensive apartment, turn on the lights and water, post deposits, find roommates and divvy up expenses. Then do it again — as cotenants lose jobs or take off. Rural Neighborhoods offers 144 men and women a unique $185 a month year-round or seasonal lodging alternative in southernmost Miami-Dade.
Our Casa Cesar Chavez SRO offers shared accommodation living surrounding a cloistered, landscaped courtyard within our award-winning Everglades Village neighborhood. Individual financial responsibilities remove one of the headaches of group living – our on-site sports fields, grocery store, credit union and health clinic remove a few more for those with limited transportation.
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The Community: Miami-Dade
Miami-Dade agriculture is one of the most diverse in the nation generating nearly one billion dollars in annual sales. Our tropical climate provides a year-round growing season and a broad range of crops. Over the past 20 years local nurseries have emerged as the 2nd largest ornamental market in the nation as fewer acres of tomatoes, squash and beans has led to lower numbers of migrant workers.
Still the area surrounding Homestead-Florida City has the 2nd largest farm labor force statewide with 13,506 households including an estimated 7,500 single workers. Fewer may migrate but finding a place to live for those unaccompanied by household members has grown harder. The University of Florida reports that Miami-Dade County’s shortage of shelter for unaccompanied farm workers in 2013 leads unmet need in Florida at 7,351 beds. Rural Neighborhoods’ Casa Cesar Chavez SRO continues our commitment to serve one of housing’s hardest-to-serve target groups since 1994.