Activate Overtown

Activate Overtown

About Activate Overtown

Activate Overtown is a project focused on empowering and activating the community through the creation of changes in the built environment. This project will take on a tactical urbanism project to make changes to the built environment while forming trust, partnerships, and improved relationships within the community.

Tactical urbanism is a community-led approach that uses short-term, low-cost, and scalable interventions—like pop-up parks, art installations, and bike lanes—to catalyze long-term change to neighborhood safety and connectivity.

This tactical urbanism project will be a community-led design that creates immediate changes to the built environment and builds momentum for more improvements while forming trust, partnerships, and improved relationships. Our aim through this project will also be to hire and train residents as Community Liaisons that will support the development and implementation of the project. UHP will build their capacity and knowledge about critical issues related to the built environment and community health. This will be done through several trainings and on the job experience through project related tasks, like outreach and site visits. In addition, to training and supervision related to the project, UHP will provide and coordinate career path training that would provide Community Liaisons opportunities to further their professional goals and gain relevant job skills.  

Outreach and Outcomes

The outreach portion of the project will engage residents and partners, gather their input and ideas, and ensure that these are represented in the built environment changes. The outreach will also provide an opportunity for community members to learn about ongoing issues in their communities, particularly as they relate to the intersection of health and the built environment, the implementation of other transportation projects, and advocating for changes they want to see in their community.  

We are planning to align the recommendations from the community and changes to the built environment into three categories that would promote use and access to and from: (1) Transit, (2) Schools, and (3) Parks. Each of these routes can include elements that will connect residents including youth to assets that will connect them to jobs and other programs.    

Please contact Laurie at Laurie@urbanhs.com if you have any questions. 

About Funder 

The Common Good Initiative, launched in 2014 by Allegany Franciscan Ministries, is designed to mobilize communities towards better health and wellness through community engagement, a long-term commitment of resources, and increased collaboration of residents and stakeholders. Allegany Franciscan Ministries has committed a significant amount of capital – human, financial, social, and spiritual – to the initiative.  With leadership and guidance from local Councils for the Common Good, we are working with community residents and stakeholders to create opportunities, develop strategies and make investments that lead to positive health outcomes for people in three underserved Florida communities. For more information, please visit the website here.

Meet the Activate Overtown Community Liaisons!

Meet Adonis Romero!

Adonis is currently an engineering student, studying at Miami-Dade College. He has over four years of experience in community organizing and working with various organizations in South Florida and across the State, such as PowerU Center For Social Change, FL Student Power, Dream Defenders, The HOMY Collective, and others across the country. As a resident of Overtown, he is passionate about participating in programs to help make his community a better place to live, as well as providing opportunities for those who reside there, with a focus on the youth. His background has provided him a great understanding of community engagement, which goes hand-in-hand being a Community Liaison. 

Meet Tranell Harris!

Tranell Harris was born and raised in Miami, FL. She has four children, three boys and one girl. She previously worked in the Transportation Department of the Miami Dade County School Board for 16 years. Currently, Tranell works for a non-profit organization called Suited for Success. Tranell is passionate in helping individuals overcome tragic obstacles.  As an Activate Overtown Community Liaison, Tranell hopes to work with organizations that seek to give back.  

Meet Cecilia Stewart!

Cecilia Stewart, a native Miamian, and proud Overtown resident, is an Activate Overtown Community Liaison. Stewart is a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, where she earned the Bachelor of Science, and Master of Science Degrees. Ms. Stewart is actively serving as a Community Advocate, Organizer and Spokesperson of the Overtown Neighbors for Environmental Health and Safety, and member of the City of Miami Community Advisory Board. She held the position of Chair of the Overtown Advisory Board and the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, Inc., Board of Trustees. Ms. Stewart is devoting time to preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as Chair of the Miami-Dade County Historic Preservation Board and member of the Lemon City Cemetery Community Corporation. She serves as the City of Miami Police Department’s Liaison for the Neighborhood Crime Watch Team and Citizens on Patrol in the Overtown community.


COVID-19 Overtown Resources

Miami-Dade County

Food Access

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Children: https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article241222866.html?utm_source=pushly&intcid=pushly_494695

Search for Free Food for Kids: https://summerbreakspot.freshfromflorida.com/

Farm Share is hosting several drive-thru only food drives in South Florida to help during the COVID-19 shutdown. To get food, attendees must arrive at the locations in a vehicle that has a trunk or cargo bed: http://farmshare.org/

Buddy System Food Delivery for elderly and immunocompromised: https://www.miaminewtimes.com/news/miami-coronavirus-outbreak-leads-to-volunteer-grocery-delivery-network-11597768?mc_cid=ddcceb4b60&mc_eid=116b345255


Florida map of testing sites, food for those in need, and stores with senior only hours: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1lrQgmFzkjPwlFKTtdjw5yUf_kqWqKdL3&hl=en_US&ll=26.084619874309393%2C-80.13315408835865&z=11&fbclid=IwAR34QL2LAHTS2Mr0Jjrb0tpVBl8wKYUoEHdaaMcq4qlIWKJ-yq3aZNF050Y&mc_cid=d46d183987&mc_eid=116b345255

Florida Department of Health Toolkit: https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/resources/#toolkitJump


Business Continuity: COVID-19 Business Resource Center: https://www.beaconcouncil.com/solutions/small-business/covid-19-updates-and-resources/

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development is sharing resources that become available from the federal, state or county governments for all size businesses here: www.broward.org/econdev

Project-related Resources

Tactical Urbanism Guide: http://tacticalurbanismguide.com/

Smart Growth America

What is creative placemaking? https://smartgrowthamerica.org/program/arts-culture/what-is-creative-placemaking/

Help Make Transit a Priority: http://action.smartgrowthamerica.org/o/5184/t/0/blastContent.jsp?email_blast_KEY=1435157


To discuss more about your community reach out to the Activate Overtown Community Liaisons:
Tranell Harris – tranell@urbanhs.com (Focus: Schools)
Adonis Casanova – adonis@urbanhs.com (Focus: Transit)
Cecilia Stewart – cecilia@urbanhp.org (Focus: Parks)
For further information:
Jesse Cosme – jesse@urbanhp.org


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