- Associated Press - Thursday, November 5, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Thousands of Miami residents and more than 75 schools are fighting back against homelessness.

The Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust has rallied 5,000 people including business leaders, local officials, church leaders and schools to create social change by educating the community about homelessness in fun and unique ways.

Events are being held throughout the county on Thursday including a rally hosted by former Americal Idol contestant Lazaro Arbos at St. Thomas University.

“Cardboard Brigades” are scheduled at more than 65 schools and churches and civic organizations will mobilize volunteers to hand out helpline cards to remind homeless about positive alternatives to panhandling.

County leaders have set a goal of ending veteran and chronic homelessness.

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