District 8 Newsletter
August 2014
A Message from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

Early voting is an important process that gives people a chance to get to the polls before Election Day. We all have a responsibility to spread the word about early voting. The more people who vote as soon as possible, the greater chance we have of electing leaders that are truly a reflection of the people. The people that benefit the most from this are the ones that matter the most to our elections. These are the people who have not voted in years, because Election Day just never seemed to line-up with their work schedule. The previous non-voters are going to decide to vote in this election and by spreading the word about early voting we can ensure, and hopefully entice, these once non-voters to get to the polls as soon as possible. The sooner you vote, the better. Get your vote in and encourage all of your friends to vote early as well!

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an email to me at Bsharief@broward.org or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at Facebook.com/barbara.sharief or follow Barbara Sharief at Twitter.com/bestmom39.


Business Loan Seminar Series

We are presenting more of our free seminars designed to provide the South Florida business community with a working knowledge of Florida’s participation in the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI). The U.S. Department of Treasury allocated more than $97.6 million to implement the SSBCI which supports Florida’s two major programs benefitting small businesses in need of financing.

Saturday, Aug. 9th – 10:30AM to Noon
Northwest Regional Library, Multiple-purpose Room
3151 University Drive
Coral Springs, FL 33065

Saturday, Sept. 27th – 10:30AM to Noon
Hollywood Branch Library, Multi-purpose Room
2600 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL 33020

Saturday, Oct. 11th – 10:30AM to Noon
North Regional/ Broward College Library, Room 154
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Around the District: Christmas in July
Christmas in JulyWe had a great time giving back to the community at the Christmas In July event held at the BB&T Center. Broward County and Kiwanis Divisions 23 and 24 partnered for the Christmas In July project to benefit homeless children of Broward County. They gave almost 2,000 children assistance with clothes, toys, toiletries and other necessities. It is such a worthy cause and I look forward to participating again next year.
All Aboard Florida
All Aboard FloridaI attended the All Aboard Florida press conference and unveiling of their plans for Broward County. All Aboard Florida's train station will generate a $333 million economic impact by 2021 and create 800 jobs in Broward County. We are pleased to have them as community partners. This is a great project and a much needed addition to our transportation infrastructure connecting the neighbors of Miami, Palm Beach, all the way to Orlando.
Foreclosures and Housing Assistance
ForeclosureIf you received a foreclosure or eviction notice from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, you should also receive a resource guide listing the agencies that may be able to help you in the foreclosure process or obtain alternate housing. For information regarding the National Mortgage Settlement you can contact the National Mortgage Settlement Administrator at 1-866-430-8358. For information regarding the Making Home Affordable Program – a mortgage modification program - call 888-995-HOPE (4673) and for further assistance with home buying or foreclosure call the Housing Foundation of America at 954-923-5001.
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) supports Broward County businesses and their success by providing a comprehensive roster of client-focused services. Technical assistance is available to local businesses in a range of topics from information on current public procurement opportunities to financing. Firms interested in OESBD technical assistance services, should call 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/EconDev/.
Did you know you may be eligible to receive a $100 rebate for installing a high efficiency toilet?
The impact of high efficiency toilets has had a huge impact on water conservation over the last 20 years. They have saved enough water to supply the needs of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York for 20 years, according to the Alliance for Water Efficiency. If your toilet uses more than 1.6 gallons of water per flush (gpf), you may be eligible to be paid to save. The immediate savings are impressive, but the long-term benefits, including protecting our Everglades AND saving money, are extraordinary. The municipalities that participate from District 8 are Pembroke Pines, Hallandale Beach, and Miramar by distributing of the free water saving devices. Visit ConservationPays.com or call 1-800-270-9794 for more information.”
Helpful Resources

Broward County Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families with accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit. The centers provide assessment and case management, and, if eligible, rent/mortgage and utility assistance. If you have recently had a loss of income, received an eviction notice/mortgage default letter, or a water/electricity shut off notice, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess/ or call 954-357-5650 or 954-357-5001 to find out how they can help you. The South Family Success Center is located in Commission District 8 at 4733 S.W. 18 Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veteran's Services Division at 954-357-6622.

2-1-1 Broward is available 24 hours a day to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a complete list of services, dial 2-1-1 or 954-537-0211, TTY 954-390-0492, 211, or go to http://211-broward.com/. To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange for myself or my Community Outreach Liaison to attend your neighborhood or homeowner association meeting, please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.

Other Resources

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.

Phone: 954-357-7008 • Fax: 954-357-5704 • bsharief@broward.org
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 410, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
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