District 8 Newsletter
December 2015

A Message From Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief

Vice Mayor ShariefI am so happy to announce I was voted in as as Vice Mayor of Broward County, I will serve along side my friend Marty Kiar who will preside as Mayor of Broward County this year. I am thankful for the support and the opportunity to serve. I am looking forward to a very productive year as Vice Mayor of Broward County and President of the Florida Association of Counties. We have great representation and I am proud to be a Broward County Commissioner!

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


Strong Mayor in Broward County

I believe the time will come to remake the county government, creating a countywide elected mayor position. Broward County is too big to have a ceremonial mayor for just one year. One year does not allow the Mayor enough time to initiate a new focus or new programs. A strong mayor form of government will make city leaders more directly accountable to the public.


Florida Association of Counties Scholarship

In November, I was pleased to award Emmalyn Myles the Florida Association of Counties Presidential Scholarship. The scholarship was $1500.00. This young lady has exceptional scholastic achievements and loves community service. She loves to read and wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and teach children to enjoy the English language. She has a great personality and her mother should be very proud. Good luck at the University of South Florida, Emmalyn!


Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

As a nurse, I have spent my life focusing on patient care and trying to help those around me stay healthly. We all know that social events bring people closer together, making us more vulnerable to colds and the flu. Don’t let being sick ruin your holidays. Getting a seasonal flu vaccine is one of the most effective ways to protect yourself from the flu. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Wash your hands with soap and water because next to inhaling infectious particles in the air, the most common way to get sick is by touching germy surfaces and then putting your hand to your mouth or nose. Eat well, sleep well, and manage your stress!


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 resumé 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 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 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 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, 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:
Broward.org/CommunityPartnerships
954-357-8647

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

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

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:
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

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