District 8 Newsletter
May-June 2017

A Message From Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief 

As we approach June 1st which marks the first day of hurricane season, now is the time to start preparing. Hurricanes can be life-threatening as well as cause serious property-threatening disasters such as flooding, storm surges, high winds and tornadoes. While you can't stop a tropical storm or hurricane, you can take steps now to protect yourself, your family and your property:

  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 overcrowded and often chaotic when hurricane watches and warnings are issued. For more detailed information visit nhc.noaa.gov.

Hurricane Preparedness Week
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.

Mayor Sharief Participates In Enterprise Florida Trade Mission Trip To Argentina

Sharief Argentina TripI had a very busy but productive week in Argentina including meetings with the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce and The Argentine Chamber of Commerce to discuss economic opportunities, breakfast with members of the Senior Argentine business leaders, a meeting with members of Argentina's economic team where we discussed road, rail, airport and seaport improvements that can present opportunities for partnerships with Broward County and Broward's businesses, and a meeting with Invest BA Argentina's agency which promotes tourism and small business. We had very productive discussions regarding future projects and the mutual benefits of promoting Broward County and Argentina. I finished with a visit to the Ambassador’s residence to network a little more. We made great trade contacts! Awesome trip all around.

BCPS Expands After-school Supper Program

Over 100 Schools Now Offer Nutritious Meals in Aftercare Program

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has expanded its Aftercare Supper Program to include six additional school sites, for a total of 104 schools serving nutritious meals to students. The supper meals ensure that more than 14,000 students participating in regularly scheduled after-school educational or enrichment activity programs receive the nutrition they need to learn and grow. The suppers are funded through the Child Care Food Program, a federally funded program, which provides healthy meals and snacks in the child care setting. Meals meet all USDA requirements and include a milk, fruit, vegetable, grain and meal (or meat alternate), and are offered in the school’s cafeteria. New schools sites for the 2016/17 school include: Attucks Middle School, Charles Drew Elementary School, Lakeside Elementary School, Miramar Elementary School, New Renaissance Middle School and Silver Shores Elementary School.
Aftercare Supper Program Participating Schools: 

Aftercare Supper Schools

Mayor Sharief Lobbying In Tallahassee With Florida Association Of Counties

Sharief Lobbying in TallahasseeWe had a productive day lobbying in Tallahassee and the Florida Association of Counties is fighting hard to protect home rule. SJR 1774 is a constitutional amendment that would increase the homestead exemption by $25,000. While many homestead property owners may appreciate this exemption, this exemption shifts the tax burden to our local businesses and non-homestead property owners. An estimated 800 million statewide would be impacted if this amendment is passed. This would hit Broward County with a revenue loss of at least $40 million per year. The only way to maintain existing services is to make up that revenue by shifting it to other taxpayers. This is a tax SHIFT, not a tax CUT. Local business owners and non-homestead property owners will be forced to choose between more taxes or fewer services. Counties and cities will be forced to make tough choices about services provided to their citizens.

Foreclosures and Housing Assistance

For Sale Foreclosure SignIf 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.

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.​​​​

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