Homestead

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew devastated the town of Homestead, Florida south of Miami. While thousands of people were critically impacted by the devastation, farmworkers were the last to get assistance, if they received any at all. The Farmworker Association of Florida, already experienced in responding to natural disasters’ impacts on farmworkers, traveled to the Homestead area to seek out, reach out to and assist the thousands of virtually ‘invisible’ farmworkers to help them get emergency housing, food, clothing, and other assistance. Because of the nature and extent of the devastation and the needs in the community, the response and recovery efforts stretched into months and even years.