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

With more than 130,000 backyard and community swimming pools as well as countless miles of canals, coastline, and lakefronts, it is no surprise that Broward Country continually leads the country in toddler drowning deaths. Studies show that with proper education every drowning death is preventable – therefore Broward County, together with the YMCA, have joined to safeguard our kids from unfortunate childhood tragedies, like drowning, by pledging to be Water Watchers. Water Watchers actively watch children, keeping their eyes on the water, avoiding distractions, pulling all children out of the water, and calling 911 in an emergency. The YMCA of Broward County is committed to leading the effort to increase awareness of this preventable tragedy by making kids and adults safer in and around the water through the SPLASH program which offers free swim lessons. We are all committed to educating and promoting drowning prevention through supervision, barriers and alarms and swimming lessons year round.

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.

Barbara

Around the District
GO SOLAR & Renewable Energy Fest
GoSolar FestBroward County welcomed more than 2,000 people at the Second Annual Go SOLAR & Renewable Energy Fest at the Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center. This is the premier event in South Florida to promote renewable energy and learn how to save money while using cleaner sources of energy. It featured information on alternative and renewable energy with a focus on the latest technologies, financing options, solar installation, jobs and training. I participated in two roundtable discussions focused on solar energy and job creation. Last year, the solar industry grew at ten times the national average creating 24,000 new jobs. Predictions call for between 200,000 and 430,000 solar jobs by the end of this decade. A robust solar industry in Florida means more business and more jobs in Broward County and helps solidify our record as a certified 4 STAR community which recognizes our commitment to sustainable practices.
Foreclosures and Housing Assistance
Home with For Sale SignIf 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.
Small Business Resources

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/.

In addition, the Miramar based AvanzeCorp, Inc., has launched 150 in 1 year to assist entrepreneurs with resources during start-up and mentoring for their first five years in business. The 150 seats will be on a first come, first served basis, call AvanzeCorp, Inc. at 888-848-7771 or email at info@avanzecorp.com to register.

Graduations
Mayor with husband and GraduateI have been attending various graduations around Broward County. Congratulations to the class of 2014! Wishing you success and happiness!
Port Everglades - Broward Means Business

Port Everglades

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 for assistance. 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:
Broward.org/CommunityPartnerships
954-357-8647

Emergency Financial Assistance:
Broward.org/Family
954-357-6367

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.
Legalaid.org/broward
954-765-8950

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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