Project Vacant Streets

Photos by MagicalPhotos.com / Mitchell Zachs

Project Vacant Streets (PVS) offers a select group from South Florida’s expansive homeless
community the opportunity to reshape and rebuild their lives. PVS pushes participants to
reengage in the workforce while showcasing an alternative perspective of our country’s
homeless that aims to shed traditional stereotypes. The 21-day humanitarian endeavor was
created in the wake of the nation’s financial and housing crisis. In collaboration with The
Community Partnership For Homeless (CPH), the Miami-based program serves as a
model for all U.S. shelters. Leader Frank Kelly hosted participants of PVS for an evening of
sharing individuals stories, June 15th, 2009 at the University of Miami, while educating
audience members and the public through the media about homelessness. Kelly works to inspire
and identify qualified candidates from the 300 adults living in the Miami shelter to participate in the
program. Requirements include having a minimal to no criminal record or history of substance
abuse, as well as real potential and enthusiasm to reengage into the work force. Kelly continues
to serve as a personal mentor for the candidates and, with the support of CPH, provide participants
with the necessary social skills, professional acumen and emotional motivation they use to
effectively conduct interviews with local corporations to ultimately land the dream job.
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