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2012 Annual Report

 

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES 

Homeless Initiative Partnership Services: $19,607,547
The Homeless Services Section is the focal point for the planning and coordination of services for homeless persons. Staff administered approximately $19.6 million in programming and services, funded by Broward County, the state and the federal government to maintain a county-wide Continuum of Care. Broward County’s Homeless Continuum of Care addresses all aspects of homelessness including prevention, outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent affordable housing and supportive services. The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) Advisory Board is the state designated local coalition and is funded to develop or assist with the development of the local homeless continuum of care plan, discuss local issues and the needs of the homeless, inventory all local resources for the homeless, review and assess all services and programs in support of the homeless and identify unmet needs of the homeless, facilitate the delivery of multi-agency services for the homeless to eliminate duplication of services and to maximize the use of limited existing resources for the homeless, and many more activities too numerous to list here.

In 2012, due to a change is HUD regulations, which now require an annual sheltered count; volunteers in collaboration with HIP staff conducted an annual Sheltered Point-in-Time (PIT) count and survey in Broward County to present a snapshot of the number of persons who are homeless on a given day. Based on the 2012 survey results, there is an estimated 3,183 homeless persons within Broward County, of which 39 percent are unsheltered.

 

HOMELESS IN BROWARD COUNTY

 2012 Point in Time Count    2012 Point in Time Count    
 Sheltered  2,539  Sheltered  1,915  -*24% decrease
 Unsheltered  1,262  Unsheltered  1,262  +**0% increase
 Total  3,801  Total  3,183  -16% decrease

 

Summary of Data Collection from the 2012 PIT Count:

  • 3,183 persons are considered homeless as reported and estimated in Broward County.
  • 1,262 homeless women, men and children counted living on the streets.
  • 1,108 sheltered in transitional housing.
  • 774 resided in an emergency shelter.
  • 760 of those are considered chronically homeless.
  • 12 percent of the persons experiencing homelessness are veterans.
  • 100 percent of the chronic homeless have disabilities (chronically homeless persons are
    disabled per regulations).
  • Approximately 172 Families with children were homeless (556 persons).
  • 36 were unaccompanied children age 17; six were unaccompanied children living on the
    street.

*Decrease attributed to conversion of Transitional Housing beds to self-pay; and no data reported from
non-continuum affiliated emergency shelter

**An Unsheltered Count was not conducted in 2012.

 

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