District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

As the Florida Legislature kicks off the 2014 session, I believe Medicaid expansion should be an important topic of discussion. Citizens with insurance tend to care for themselves before problems become worse which costs the healthcare system less. Citizens without insurance, usually working people with low incomes, wait until they face emergencies. That costs more and they can’t pay. Ultimately, businesses and individuals who pay for insurance pick up the extra tab. We need to fix this. It is unfortunate that the Florida Legislature refuses to accept more than $50 million in federal money to insure the poor between now and 2020 through Medicaid expansion. Floridians are paying federal income tax, so there is tax money from Floridians that is going to go to other states to subsidize their Medicaid expansion if we don’t expand ours. During this year’s legislative session, I hope the Florida House will follow the Florida Senate in being open to the discussion. I encourage you to contact your local representatives to ask for their support. If Florida does not take the money, it will be costly for every citizen in the state.

I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send an e-mail to me at bsharief@broward.org or call my office at 954-357-7008. Also, check out the Barbara Sharief Facebook page at www.facebook.com/barbara.sharief or on Twitter @bestmom https://twitter.com/bestmom39


Small Business Resources

lady in front of her small businessThe 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 www.broward.org/econdev.

Affordable Healthcare Act

nurse with elderly manTo enroll, visit www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 (24 hours a day/7 days a week). Health Navigators, who are specially trained to assist residents with navigating the new system, will be available at several locations in Broward County. For a list of locations, call 954-467-4700.

I am available by request to give a seminar regarding the Affordable Healthcare Act in your community; please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.

Business Loan Seminar Series

I am proud to announce the Business Loan Seminar Series. This is a primary component of my “Broward Means Business” initiative and is designed to increase awareness about the State of Florida’s loan programs for the benefit of small businesses. Attendees can expect to leave the seminar with a working knowledge of Florida’s State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI), including an overview of the two primary programs – Florida Venture Capital Program and the Small Business Loan Support Program. The Florida Venture Capital Program targets emerging companies in the state with long-term growth potential. The Small Business Loan Support Program provides small businesses with tools to access commercial banks and export

There will be four free seminars conducted by subject matter experts throughout Broward County in April and May:

Saturday, April 12, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Miramar Branch Library
2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
Featured Speaker: Anthony Ferretti, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC)

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 430
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Featured Speaker: David Rodriguez, Enterprise Florida
The seminar will be part of the Business Development Workshop presented by the Office of Economic and Small Business Development.

Saturday, May 24, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Hallandale Beach Branch Library
300 S. Federal Highway, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009
Featured Speaker: David Rodriguez, Enterprise Florida

Saturday, June 21, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - Noon
Southwest Regional Library
16835 Sheridan Street, Pembroke Pines, FL 33331
Featured Speaker: Jennifer Schrader, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Around the District

Mayor ShariefI continue to attend great events throughout the district. I, along with a team of FPL volunteers, spent a day embarking on a “total makeover” for the residences and grounds at the Children’s Harbor in West Pembroke Pines. We painted a duplex as well as repaired broken tables and benches. Children's Harbor’s mission is to keep foster brothers and sisters together, as well as pregnant or parenting foster teens and their babies, in a safe and loving home. These children have been through so much that creating a warm and comfortable environment for them is very important for their well-being.

In honor of Women's History Month and in conjunction with the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival, I attended the Women’s Impact Conference in Miami Gardens. I was inspired by distinguished experts who delivered powerful tips, tools and information on topics to inspire women. I also received the Distinguished Alumni Torch Award for the Nicole Wortheim School of Nursing at the FIU 13TH Annual Torch Awards. I’m a proud Golden Panther and was honored to receive this award.

Forecolosures and Housing Assistance

If 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.

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 SW 18th Street, West Park, 33023 (BCT 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 24/7 to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a 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 home owner 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