MIAMI (WSVN) - The mayor of Miami is offering some help for the homeless with a donation they hope will go a long way.

The Mayor of Miami, Francis Suarez, along with some commissioners, presented Lotus House Women’s Center with a $200,000 check, Tuesday morning.

This is all part of $3.1 million plan approved at the beginning of the year in an effort to reduce homelessness.

This money will provide education and job training opportunities for women and youth experiencing homelessness.

“It is more important than ever that we redouble our efforts, and that we get the $3 million that our commission allocated in American Rescue Plan dollars to get to that functional zero,” Suarez said.

“We just want to thank you for investing in us, investing in our women, children, in making a difference everyday. That’s what love looks like,” said Constance Collins, from Lotus House.

Suarez announced his Functional Zero Plan to reduce chronic homelessness.

He plans to achieve this by focusing on the housing crisis and expanding mental health and substance abuse services throughout the city.

This all comes after a controversial proposal by city leaders to build a homeless encampment on Virginia Key.

That plan was put on hold after public criticisms.

The city commission plans to bring this topic back up for discussion sometime this September.

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