Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava distributed new and free air conditioning units to residents of public housing developments in Miami-Dade County Monday morning.
Although air conditioning is not federally mandated for public housing developments, the county has made a multimillion-dollar investment to ensure the safety and comfort of its public housing residents.
The mayor was accompanied by Chief Community Services Officer Morris Copeland, Chief Heat Officer Jane Gilbert and Director of the Department of Public Housing and Community Development Michael Liu. The team distributed and installed 1,700 air conditioning units.
“Extreme heat is a silent killer, which causes more deaths than all other weather disasters combined. As we work to redevelop public housing in our county, making it healthier and more resilient, we must invest now to protect our residents from the effects of rising temperatures,” said Levine Cava.