About Homeless Voice

Originally made by a team tasked to raise money from the streets for the shelter, the Homeless Voice was born from the knowledge that freedom of press was a way to raise awareness. We started as a flyer, then a 4-page newsprint, then finally becoming the voice of the homeless with the Homeless Voice newspaper and website in 1999.

The Homeless Voice Newspaper has three functions.

  1. Educate the public on homelessness and poverty issues
  2. Provide temporary employment to those without a job
  3. Raise additional funds for the Florida based shelter

 

Where to Find Us

The Homeless Voice distributes in Florida on street corners of Broward, Dade, Hillsborough, Orange, Polk, and Palm Beach Counties in all major cities including Tallahassee, Lake City — where our Veterans Inn and Motel 8 is located, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Daytona, Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, and now Gainesville.

In the newspaper and this website we hope to present the problems that the homeless population faces day-to-day, the problems these people personally face, and the ways that laws can help and hinder them.

The COSAC Foundation

The Homeless Voice is owned by the COSAC Foundation, a multi-faceted non-profit agency that feeds, shelters, and arranges access to social and medical services to every homeless person that enters its shelters. We aim to enable them to return to a self-reliant lifestyle, but for the small percentage of people incapable, we provide a caring and supportive environment for long-term residency.

The COSAC Foundation was originally established in May 1997 to partner with other social service agencies in the area that provided help to the homeless population. COSAC also independently feeds the homeless or anyone in need of food. It opened it’s first homeless shelter in 1999 and named it COSAC Quarters — the shelter money was raised by spare change. We have grown into a multifaceted agency that feeds, shelters, and arranges for each homeless person to receive the necessary access to social and non-compulsory religious services to enable a return to a self-reliant lifestyle. And for the small percentage of people incapable of living independent lives, we provide a caring and supportive environment for their long-term residency.

The above video helps to illustrate our scope of care for the homeless population here in South Florida.

Our Mission Statement

To provide the homeless population access to shelter, food, employment opportunities or referrals, as well as access to social services all toward the aim of enabling their return, if possible, to self-reliance.

To accomplish this, COSAC is the hub organization. We developed the Homeless Voice Newspaper as a COSAC funding tool, being responsible for employing homeless people and therefore giving them income to survive on the streets. The Homeless Voice is also the means by which we advocate on behalf of the homeless population and educate the public to the true nature of homelessness and ways we can all work to eliminate the bias against this sector of our population. It allows us to help empower those affected by homelessness to regain or maintain their self-esteem and sense of self-worth during their transition through difficult times.

The Homeless Voice became the official name of our homeless division, which operates four facilities in Broward County. We created the COSAC Quarters Hotel for the poor, a hotel with 21 rooms that serve the indigent or people with limited income. The clients receive three meals a day at Arnolds Café, named after the great homeless advocate Arnold Abbott. Another agency is the Day Labor Company, employees of which match an outside company labor request with a suitable shelter resident. Lastly, COSAC Foundation decided to become the South Florida County Food pantry. This service helps us provide food for those “nearly homeless” families.