District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief

June 1st marks the first day of hurricane season. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening hazards such as flooding, storm surge, high winds and tornadoes. While you can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, you can take steps now to protect yourself and your family: 1) Determine your risk. 2) Develop an evacuation plan. 3) Secure an insurance check-up. 4) Assemble disaster supplies. 5) Strengthen your home. 6) Identify your trusted sources of information for a hurricane event. 7) Complete your written hurricane plan. By starting early, you’ll avoid the rush at home supply stores, grocery stores and other venues typically crowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued.

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.


Commissioner District 8 Barbara Sharief

Autism in Flight

The 4th aunnual Autism in Flight program was a success! For autistic children and their families a trip to the airport can be downright frightening. When I was contacted by a family in my district with an autistic child and learned of the potential challenges they faced when using airports, I embarked on an effort to change that for all kids. This exercise is a learning experience to help reduce everyone’s level of stress and make traveling a more pleasurable experience. If these children and their families know what to expect, they’ll be more prepared and at ease; the same goes for airport personnel. During the event, we had 40 children from 6 different schools who boarded a JetBlue aircraft and participated in a mock flight. I’m so thankful for the partnership between the BCPS, Broward County, Jet Blue, TSA and many others!

Commissioner District 8 Barbara Sharief

Enterprise Florida Mission Trip

I learned so much when I attended the COMCE Trade and Ports meeting in Mexico City last month. I was excited and very impressed with the trade that is occurring in Mexico today. Florida is ranked 16th in the nation for trade with a GDP of over 800 Billion and growing. We have 4 out of the top 10 seaports located within Florida. This mission will continue the promotion of trade between the ports of Florida and Mexico. It was a great experience to witness the signing of an MOU between Florida Ports Council and the Coordination of Ports and Merchant Marine.

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.

Homeless Population Declines by 12 Percent in Broward County

This year's Broward County Point-in-Time (PIT) Count, conducted over a three-day period showed that the total number of sheltered and unsheltered persons experiencing homelessness in Broward County has decreased by 12 percent, from 2,615 to 2,302. The number of unsheltered persons decreased by 5 percent from 815 to 782. Both figures are comparisons to the same count done in January 2015.

For the Point-in-Time Count, the federal government identifies homelessness as those individuals living in places not meant for human habitation, emergency shelters or transitional housing programs. The decrease in both the total and unsheltered counts is attributed to the County's Continuum of Care network's adoption of Housing First principles; Increased Permanent Housing Interventions via reallocations; Homeless Prioritization Assistance Tool driven access to housing and services; and continued participation in Community Solutions ZERO:2016 Ending Veteran and Chronic Homeless Campaigns.

Commissioner District 8 Barbara Sharief

Commissioner District 8 Barbara Sharief

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