District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

As the legislative session begins, I want you to know that in addition to fighting for issues here in Broward County, I will also meet with our state and federal representatives to ensure that they understand and continue to allocate funds for our needs in South Florida. During my first term, I have already formed solid relationships with our representatives.

As a member of the Florida Association of Counties’ Executive Committee, I have already met with Governor Rick Scott to discuss our legislative platform. Some of the issues we are watching include Juvenile Justice, with Broward County supporting programs to reduce the number of juveniles in detention, and State Beach Renourishment Funding, to protect our vulnerable coastline and the $10 billion in economic activity that tourism brings each year. This month, I will join other officials in Washington, DC at the National Association of Counties’ Legislative Conference, to support state and county efforts for local government to serve target populations of the homeless; behavioral health systems need appropriate funding for core mental health and substance abuse issues. Medicaid reform will ensure that those with substance abuse and mental health treatment needs are served.

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.


Around the District

I continue to attend great events throughout the district. I love meeting new people and re-connecting with others that I see at various events. In addition, I am touring the many non-profit social services organizations that provide necessary services to those in need. Broward County has over 300 social services organizations that assist Broward County with providing care to infants, children, and the elderly, medically needy and homeless residents. To show my support for non-profits, I will be partnering with FPL this month for Power to Care for their project day at Children’s Harbor, a residential foster care center in Pembroke Pines for sibling groups & pregnant or parenting foster teens and their babies. I toured this facility recently and I and other volunteers will help with painting and performing minor repairs that are needed. Another center in Pembroke Pines that needs support is the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center (SBARC). This center was founded to address the needs of mothers suffering from substance addiction and allows children to reside with their mothers while receiving the treatment and other supportive services. Next month I will be honored at the JM Family Enterprises African American Achievers Award. As part of that honor, JM Family Enterprises will donate $10,000 to SBARC. This organization keeps the family together and strengthens it even further with their programs.

Small Business Resources

two people running 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/.

In addition, the Miramar's AvanzeCorp, Inc., has launched 150 in 1 year to assist entrepreneurs with start-up resources 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.

March is Women's History Month and Florida Heritage Month

Two womenThis year’s theme for Women’s History Month, Celebrating Women of Character, Courage, and Commitment, honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. Events will be held at our Broward County Libraries. The Libraries are also are holding events to celebrate Florida Heritage Month.

Affordable Healthcare Act

Open Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace began October 1st and will close on Doctor with patientMarch 31st, 2014.  To 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.

An Invitation to Participate in the Florida Department of Health's Program

Early Detection is important for the prevention of breast and cervical cancer. The Florida Department of Health in Broward County will provide free mammograms and pap smears to those who qualify on the list provided. For more information or to schedule an appointment please call 954-762-3649 or visit www.browardchd.org/HealthS_breast.aspx.

Foreclosures and Housing Assistance

Home in foreclosure for saleIf 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 call 888-995-HOPE (4673) and for further assistance with home buying or foreclosure call the Housing Foundation of America at 954-923-5001. If you need further assistance, my office will refer you to the resources that meet your needs.

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 www.broward.org/HumanServices/Family 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 (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. Dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211, TTY (954) 390-0492 211, or go to http://211-broward.com/.

Other Resources

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.