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Homelessness in Florida continues to be present in communities across the State. This session will explore examples of approaches to the global subject for many park systems of the increased presence of homeless in parks, primarily during closed hours. Discuss what steps parks and recreation agencies are taking to make partnerships with local resources for homeless assistance and the Police Department. Participants will openly discuss strategies used and how they have trained staff to handle this issue in a humane manner.
Kevin M. Kirwin is currently the Director of Parks and Recreation Department with the City of Miami. Kevin served with the United States Marine Corps in both the Enlisted ranks and as an Officer of Marines. He earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Florida International University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from the University of Delaware. Kevin is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and Professional. When Kevin is not working you will find him sailing, cycling or practicing Bikram Yoga.
Phil Thornburg is the Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Fort Lauderdale – been with Fort Lauderdale for 18 years. Prior to Fort Lauderdale worked for City of Kansas City, Missouri Parks and Recreation for 14 years. Graduated from Kansas State University in Parks and Rec Admin and Masters in Public Administration from University of Missouri
- Identify current challenges parks face with homeless in Parks.
- Define at risk population and the available Park & Recreation resources that exist to combat homelessness.
- Discuss staff engagement tactics to raise awareness, tolerance, and increase access to homeless programs/services.