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A Historic Miami Hotel Partners With A Not For Profit To Shelter The Homeless and Vulnerable During The Pandemic

by Arielle Biscayart 09/20/2020

This is another proof of how the pandemic has inspired businesses, individuals and organizations to become more creative.

According to a recent article published by The Miami Herald, the stylish Miami- based Dunns Josephine Hotel, located in the Overtown area, reopened last December after being restored and decorated with a Harlem renaissance style. The pandemic hit South Florida around early March and hotel reservations got canceled, leaving the Dunns Josephine Hotel without any client nor income.

Kristin Kitchen, the owner, reached out to The Homeless Trust in order to welcome people who have contracted Covid-19 or are exposed to the virus by living in a shelter or on the streets. An agreement and a financial compensation with Miami-Dade County allowed the hotel to turn its empty rooms into living spaces for the most vulnerable as well as prevent a higher spread of the virus in South Florida. 

Before the pandemic started, each room was named after a famous black musician or writer; now those rooms have numbers ( 1.2, etc...). Rooms and common areas are cleaned and sanitized a few times a day and food is left for each guest in front of his/her bedroom. Most of the furniture has been removed in order to reduce risks of contamination and guests are only allowed to leave their room if they have an appointment. Some guests stay a few weeks until they get a negative test while older ones can stay up to a few months until housing is found.

Photo : drawn for the Dunns Josephine Hotel website. For more information, please visit the hotel website

About the Author

Arielle Biscayart

Arielle Biscayart was born in Rome, Italy, raised in Paris, France, and moved to the Miami area in 2004.
Since becoming a South East Florida resident, Arielle has been a Florida licensed real estate agent, involved in the growing local arts community. She has been offering her real estate consulting and sales services in the Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Aventura, Miami Beach, Miami, and Allapattah areas since 2005.
Speaking four languages ( English, Spanish, French, and Italian ) helps her market her service a portfolio of local and international clients.