Our Focus

Housing

Ensuring quality affordable housing for residents of Miami Dade County

Housing

While a state senator, Congresswoman Carrie Meek developed much of Florida’s current housing finance policy which made the dream of home ownership and accessible rentals a reality for thousands of families. Her work in 1988 with lawyer and civic activist Martin Fine on the Documentary Benevolent Aid surtax, for instance, helped provide zero-interest home loans to low-income families in Miami-Dade County. The legacy of her work in this area is evident in the many affordable housing complexes being developed all over Miami-Dade County.

Education

The critical role to transform impoverished urban neighborhoods.

Education

Congresswoman Meek’s advice to young people has always been to get as much education as they possibly can. The Carrie Meek Foundation Scholarship Program reflected her recognition of education’s critical role in transforming impoverished urban neighborhoods. Scholarships extended educational options to low‐income families by providing parents up to $3,950 to send their child to the school of their choice. While innovative new education initiatives are under development, the foundation's efforts to date have yielded more than 1,100 Carrie Meek Scholars. The legacy also extends to higher education, with Meek's longtime commitment to Miami Dade College honored in MDC's Carrie Meek Entrepreneurial Education Center in Liberty City. The campus was recently authorized to offer a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in Public Safety through its School of Justice. Meek was also instrumental in making advanced aviation training programs available at Miami Dade College and Florida Memorial University.

Economic Dev

Revitalizing the community through mixed-use development.

Economic Dev

To revitalize the once-thriving community of Opa-locka, Florida, the Carrie Meek Foundation is undertaking a massive development project at the Opa-locka Airport. The Carrie Meek International Business Park is a 121-acre mixed-use industrial park that will include industrial warehouse and office space, as well as aviation uses. In coordination with its development partners, the foundation will create economic and workforce development programs that include job training, certification, and job placement involving residents of the surrounding Miami-Dade County community.

Health

Impacting South Florida’s healthcare landscape in under-served communities.

Health

Among the Carrie Meek Foundation's long-term aims are to support access to affordable healthcare in underserved communities, to organize healthcare screenings, and to encourage minority youths to pursue careers in the health sciences. Our historical HIP HOP 4 HEALTHTM initiative harnessed the power of pop music and dance as a form of exercise in afterschool programs at 20 middle schools throughout Miami-Dade County, included a year-end dance competition, and hosted a wellness fair with health information and screenings. New health programming is coming soon! The foundation’s health facet will be guided by its Health Advisory Council comprised of leaders in the community health movement.