This just keeps getting better...
Last Friday I wrote about the Christian Family Coalition renting an office at a Hialeah City owned building at 300 E. 1st Avenue. I called up the Clerk in Hialeah and asked what the CFC was paying for rent. She said that the County Department of Human Services pays the amount of $10,406.88 for a block of 6 rooms in the City owned Blanche Morton Center. That is about $1,734 for each of the 6 rooms per year. The Christian Family Coalition is a tenant in one of those 6 rooms: Room 104. I called the County Department of Human Services. They do NOT collect any rent for any of the 6 rooms. They said Community Action and Human Services is in charge of the rooms and they suggested I call Nelson Lurie who is in charge of that program. I called Mr. Lurie at his Community Action and Human Services Department. A Social Worker said she does know that the Christian Family Coalition is in the building, she said they were down the hall. She gave me a room number of 104 for them (she walked down the hall to look while I was on the phone). She did not know that the CFC's room was part of the Community Action and Human Services Department block of rooms. She seemed surprised because she said all their rooms were shared, i.e. no one was assigned to them.
So has Miami Dade County been paying the rent of the Christian Family Coalition for the past year and a half? Is the County getting reimbursed? Where are the cancelled checks? Now I have to see them.
I also asked the Clerk in Hialeah for information on the minutes and a data base for the Hialeah Faith-based Advisory Board. The Clerk gave me the name of Rev. Ilse Hernandez who does not speak ANY English. Also once a member of Hialeah's Faith Based Advisory Board is Rev. Julio E. Perez. Perez also is a a partner of Verdugo in CFC (he also registered the corporation) and is co-owner of Verdugo's home. Stay tuned, I am sure this story isn't over.