District 8 Newsletter
May 2016

Around the County

I was humbled to be asked by the NOVA University School to participate in their leadership project. I had the privilege of working with Daniel and Jake, who are two of the smartest 5th graders I have ever met. They asked the best questions and really made me proud. I know they will be great future leaders. Our keynote speaker, Alan Brown from the Christopher Reeves Foundation was fantastic and shared his beautiful story with all of us.

I was privileged to be the Keynote Speaker at the Women's Empowerment Breakfast at Florida International University's Graham Center. I shared my story with some amazing young women who are working their way up to important leadership roles in our state. It's always nice to share time with my friends and FIU Family. 

FIUI enjoyed the Pembroke Pines 56th birthday celebration with the town’s wonderful residents and elected officials. The family-friendly event had a Kids Konnection Business Expo, pageants, a cake-cutting ceremony, free concerts and a fireworks show. I love getting out in the community and meeting my constituents. 

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.

Broward County Receives Grant of More than $6.8 Million to Assist Homeless

In support of goals and objectives in the County's "A Way Home" Plan to End Homelessness, the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) has been awarded a grant of more than $6.8 million by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the 2015 HUD Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Program Competition. The award funds 17 renewal projects and a new Continuum of Care (CoC) planning grant. This brings the County's 2015 HUD CoC grant awards total to $8.5 million which is distributed through the CoC and directly managed by the County and community providers.

The 17 renewal grant projects will provide Permanent Supportive Housing for persons with disabilities, Transitional Housing for Youth, Families and Individuals, Homeless Management Information System Support, and one new CoC Planning Grant. Funding provides Broward's homeless population with 710 permanent and 235 transitional beds (945 beds total) and related supportive services.

As a member of the Homeless Continuum of Care Board, I could not be more proud of the work we do!


As part of the “Broward Good News” initiative, I presented two seniors from The Pembroke Pines Charter High School with proclamations. Giselle La Hoz has the highest GPA in her senior class at 5.47, and Hasan Dorcely has the most community service hours at over 1,200. Both of these young ladies are well deserving of thes awards and it was an honor to meet them!

Broward County Observed Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month

Broward County joined the rest of the nation in observing April as Sexual Assault Awareness and Child Abuse Prevention Month. The County's Nancy J. Cotterman Center (NJCC) advocated for the prevention of sexual violence and child abuse through special events and public education and outreach during the observance. In 2015, NJCC served more than 3,700 victims of sexual assault and child abuse.

NJCC called on all residents to support this year's campaign, "Sexual Violence and Child Abuse: See Something; Say Something, call NJCC." The theme challenged our community to work together to prevent sexual violence and child physical abuse. Sexual violence violates a person's trust and feelings of safety, and happens to people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, professions, incomes, and ethnicities. Child physical abuse impacts victims throughout their lifetime. Survivors of child abuse are at greater risk for physical, emotional, work, addiction and relationship problems throughout childhood and into adulthood.

Because sexual violence and child abuse impacts us all, it's up to all of us to help prevent it. Sexual violence and child abuse impacts our schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, college and university campuses, playgrounds, churches, and other cultural places.

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 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