Resilience Builds Community 

Resilient Miami was born out of the HighWaterLine | Miami (HWL) project and became an initiative that Urban Impact Lab developed.  Together with HWL's founders, Eve Mosher and Heidi Quante and local community members, we began by exploring pathways to making Miami more resilient through tools such as emergency preparedness, green jobs growth, and community-generated solutions. 

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In late 2014, Urban Impact Lab partnered with Catalyst Miami on a Kresge Foundation Environment Program Planning Grant proposal that would help continue the preliminary work done through Resilient Miami and build meaningful engagement opportunities within Miami's most vulnerable communities.  

In 2014, Urban Impact Lab helped secure a $100,000 planning grant, in partnership with Catalyst Miami. This planning process represented Resilient Miami's next step and evolution. Starting in January 2014, Urban Impact Lab worked hand in hand with Catalyst Miami and Florida Institute for Health Innovation to create an resilience plan that prioritized the needs of Miami-Dade's most vulnerable communities. Kresge's plan was to offer 3 years of implementation funding to the organizations with the strongest plan. 

In early 2016, our partnership received confirmation that our Resilient Miami plan would receive implementation support from the Kresge Foundation. Their generosity means that Resilient Miami will receive $220,000 each year for three years. Visit the Resilient Miami website for the latest on this project.