The closest house is four blocks away and the only buildings here are squat warehouses. They start to roll in around 9: By the end of the night, around 50 people fill two dozen tents pitched on the ground on either side of the street. A search of all the registered sex offenders at the location.
Others just know the rules they must abide by. He was convicted in for possessing and sending child pornography and attempting to send inappropriate material to a minor. He was told to come to this homeless encampment by his parole officer, who wrote down the address on a piece of paper.
It was a response to a similar ordinance passed in the city of Miami Beach, which effectively made it a no-go zone for anyone convicted of a sex crime. That restriction is in place from 10 p. Outside of those hours, sex offenders are allowed more free rein. If you draw a 2,foot buffer around all of the institutions mentioned in the ordinance, not much of the county is left. Even less when you take out the airports and particularly unaffordable areas where home prices are in the six figures.
What is left are bits of Homestead, West Kendall and a few small patches like this one. In , the Miami New Times broke the story that these restrictions had, in essence, created a sex offender village under the Julia Tuttle Bridge.
The camp was dismantled in and residents relocated to temporary housing that eventually left them in the street again. The sex offenders homeless encampment on 71st street on the edge of Hialeah. They also handed out a blurry black and white map of all the areas in the county that are off limits. The plan is to help the sex offenders living here to find housing that works with their living restrictions.
The Homeless Trust has offered to subsidize part of the expenses through rental or housing assistance. He says this is one of the differences in how the Homeless Trust is handling the encampment on 71st street from the one under the Julia Tuttle bridge.
The Homeless Trust will not be prioritizing these sex offenders over other homeless people as they did last time. Gregory Baker outside his tent. They can choose to do that or they can take responsibility for what happened, for the crimes they committed, understanding society and go out and take control. Ron Book himself--who by day is one of the most powerful and influential lobbyists in Florida--drafted and pushed through this county ordinance.
His efforts followed the horrible sexual abuse that his daughter suffered through as a child. The Books' nanny of six years sexually molested Lauren starting when she was Now, State Senator Lauren Book is married, mother to twins, and an advocate for those who have been sexually abused.
As chair of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust, tasked with figuring out what to do with all these people in tents and tarp shacks, Ron Book was behind the law that made it more difficult for these sex offenders to find anywhere else to live. But Book rejects the notion that he should be held personally responsible for their difficulties.
Part of the encampment. Lauren Book, the namesake of the Miami-Dade County restrictions, was out with her father and the green shirts, talking with the sex offenders living out among the warehouses. She has made a point over the years to visit with and try to understand the behavior of sex offenders in an attempt to prevent what happened to her from happening to other children.
There are laws that were broken. You did some terrible bad things. When asked about how she feels to have her name attached to the legislation that is an undeniable part of the formula that has led to this homeless encampment, she said that while she is proud of her engagement with the issue, there is not an easy answer.
Inside one of the tents at the encampment. But they do agree on the residency restrictions.