Broward County Governmental Center Annex
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A-370
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Hearing Impaired/TTY: 800-995-8711
The Homeless Services Section has several programs designed to assist formerly homeless individuals and families with permanent housing. We offer limited housing subsidies and case management to support the client's transition. Referrals come to us through 563-HELP and the transitional shelters located throughout the County.
The County also provides a Family Reunification program. It assists homeless families and individuals in Broward County to re-unite with their families throughout the United States (excluding Hawaii) and Canada via Greyhound bus. This service is provided Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30.
This office serves as staff to the Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) Advisory Board, Broward County's focal point for planning and coordination for, and on behalf of, homeless families and individuals in Broward County. HIP staff assists with the formation of policies, programs and procedures related to homeless services. HIP Administration is responsible for administering multi-million dollar homeless programs funded by Broward County, the State of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in a collaborative effort with other Human Services Department divisions, community service providers, business leaders, and government officials, to maintain a countywide Continuum of Care of homeless services.
Broward's Continuum of Care addresses all aspects of homelessness including prevention, outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent affordable housing, and supportive services. This work includes:
- Facilitating community, business and governmental involvement in the homeless continuum of care
- Direct oversight of the County's three regional Homeless Assistance Centers
- Creating new and innovative programs to serve Broward's homeless population (such as the County's first homeless medical respite care facility)
- Participation in the creation of applications and requests for proposals
Front View of North HAC
Central Courtyard at HAC
Working in conjunction with community partners and stakeholders, Broward County has been awarded a number of grants from state and federal agencies, and U.S. Department of HUD Homeless Continuum of Care applications have consistently been scored among the top in the nation.
Broward's applications have continued to be among the top-ranked in the country each year since, bringing in over $16 million to the County, which provides for transitional and permanent affordable housing projects, as well as the supportive services that make these projects successful. The County's Continuum of Care has become a national model, one which has been emulated by a number of other communities and was chosen for the Canadian Government's homeless continuum study. HIP Administration has played (and continues to play) an important role in developing and implementing standardized outcomes and countywide "standards of care" for organizations providing services within the Continuum of Care. In addition, the office has collaborated with 211 Broward to expand the "BEDS" hotline, a centralized shelter bed locator and placement service.
This collaboration facilitates the creation of linkages between emergency shelter operators, transitional housing providers, and other service providers within the Continuum of Care. HIP and the homeless services providers continue to work toward the implementation of a homeless management information system.
HIP Administration maintains its efforts to lessen the impact of homelessness in our community, and to one day achieve its eradication. This will be accomplished by: researching and incorporating appropriate best practices models to improve service delivery; expanding supportive housing capacity for the mentally ill, those in recovery, and others with disabilities; developing and implementing strategies to better deal with institutional discharge and access to mainstream resources; expanding and enhancing mentoring opportunities for homeless persons; and researching methods to expand the stock of affordable housing in Broward County.
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