District 8 Newsletter
August 2016

A Message From Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief

I have officially ended my term as President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC). I handed the reins to Kathy Johnson Bryant, my friend and colleague. This has been a great year full of wins and increased participation in FAC. I made the decision to allow everyone who applied to participate, and this year I gave out more than 50 Presidential Advocacy Awards. We had one if the most successful legislative sessions and ended it with the signing of the Department of Juvenile Justice Bill.

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.



Zika Virus

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is expanding its ongoing investigations with two additional possible non-travel related Zika virus cases in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. This pattern is consistent with other mosquito-borne virus investigations, such as the 2013 dengue response.

Investigators must identify where the infected individuals live, work and spend their free time - and then track down others who may have come into contact with them. Investigators also are going door-to-door in the Miami-Dade and Broward neighborhoods of the two infected people, interviewing residents and collecting urine samples for testing.

Zika prevention kits and repellent are being distributed in the areas of investigation through local OBGYN offices and at both the Florida Department of Health Broward and Miami-Dade offices.

CDC recommends that women who are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant postpone travel to Zika affected areas. According to CDC guidance, providers should consider testing all pregnant women with a history of travel to a Zika affected area for the virus. CDC recommends that a pregnant woman with a history of Zika virus and her provider should consider additional ultrasounds.

Residents and visitors with questions regarding Zika are reminded to call the Zika Virus Information Hotline at 1-855-622-6735.

Supervisor of Elections Information

With Election Day around the corner, I wanted to answer some important questions regarding voting.

Who can register to vote?
You must be a U.S. citizen. You must be a Florida resident. There is no specific time requirement to live in Florida to be considered a permanent resident. You must be at least 18 years old (you may also preregister if you are 16 or 17 years old but you cannot vote until you are 18).

How do I register to vote?
Registering to vote is a right. It is available to all persons who meet the requirements. In Broward County there are many agencies where you can register or get registration forms. If you need more information regarding the closest agency, or to obtain a form by mail, contact our office any weekday between 8:30 AM and 5 PM at (954) 357-7050.

What are the Voter Registration Deadlines (Book Closings)?
New Florida voters must be registered at least 29 days before an election, to vote in that election.

What information must be provided on the application for the registration application to be valid?
Full name, date of birth, address of legal residence (address where you live), Florida Drivers License number or Florida ID card, or the last four digits of your Social Security number and signature. Also, complete questions 2, 3, & 4 on the application indicating that you are a U.S. citizen; not a convicted felon, or if you are, your voting rights have been restored; and you have not been judged to be mentally incapacitated, or if you have, your competency has been restored.

Broward County Tops the Nation Again

Broward once again tops the nation when it comes to the quality of public information campaigns. The County has won 34 awards in the 2016 National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) Awards of Excellence competition, more than any other locality in the country. This is the fourth straight year that Broward County has been at the top of this national competition. Broward County received three Best of Class, ten Superior, eleven Excellent, and ten Meritorious Awards. Best of Class awards are now eligible for Best of Show awards, voted on by other NACIO members.

Serving on County Boards

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of the district. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to Bsharief@Broward.org. Be sure to include your permanent address, phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship. For a description of Boards, visit Broward.org/Intergovernmental and select BOARDS AND COMMITTEES.

Foreclosures 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 to obtain alternate housing. For information regarding the National Mortgage Settlement 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 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 211-Broward.org.

To receive communications (such as this newsletter) from my office via email, or to arrange for myself or my Community Outreach Liaison, Launa Carbonell 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.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing homelessness call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-HELP (4357) for a friendly voice that can help you get the information, service or assistance you need to get back on your feet. Mon. - Fri.: 8AM to 6PM • Sat. - Sun.: 8AM to Noon. Broward.org/Homeless