District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief 

I have been saddened by the daily increase of gun violence in the United States. It’s not only just the high-profile massacres like the ones at Sandy Hook Elementary or the Aurora movie theater that we must strive to prevent, but the deadly gun violence that claims 30,000 lives every year. I believe we need to put politics aside, and all come together to take meaningful action to prevent more of these tragedies. We must vow to change our culture and our policies to stop this cycle of violence.
I welcome your comments and want to hear which issues are important to you. Send me an e-mail 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.

​Health Coaching

Barbara Sharief with husband

​A big challenge we face is how to serve the unique needs of the most challenging and costly segments of the country’s safety net population. I believe it’s important to engage the safety net population by utilizing health coaching. Through health coaching, the patient receives assistance with their healthcare decisions, gains a better understanding of their diagnoses and is more likely to adhere to their doctor’s orders. Health coaching programs result in better outcomes and increased patient satisfaction at a lower cost.

​Uber & Lyft Resumed Service in Broward County


Uber and Lyft resumed operations in Broward County after Commissioners approved new regulations for Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), expanding transportation options and establishing measures to protect the public. The approved ordinance requires TNCs to certify to the County that they have conducted state and local driver background checks and performed vehicle inspections.  All for-hire vehicles are required to carry liability insurance that meets state standards or has been approved by a state insurance agency.  The new law also stipulates that TNCs would not hire drivers convicted of criminal offenses of "moral turpitude" relating to sex crimes and a comprehensive list of specific violent felonies. Under the new terms, the County will be able to conduct audits twice a year and perform random inspections of drivers and vehicles. Commissioners also approved a separate agreement to establish fees and a vehicle monitoring system for passenger services at Broward County's Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and Port Everglades. The agreement charges $4.50 per pick up at the airport and $2.00 per pick up at the seaport.  

​Broward County Library's 14th Annual Storybook

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Families and children of all ages are invited to the 14th Annual Storybook Festival, scheduled for Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 10AM to 4:30PM at Southwest Regional Library, located at 16835 Sheridan Street in Pembroke Pines. The theme for this year is "Just So...A Tribute to Rudyard Kipling" in recognition of the 150th anniversary of author Rudyard Kipling's birth. The Storybook Festival is free and open to the public. "Stand-Up Chameleon" Jackson Gillman will headline the Festival. In 2014, Gillman received a Best Educational Show award for his off-Broadway debut as part of United Solo Theatre Festival for his show "The Magic of Rudyard Kipling: Just So". There will also be craft tents, free face painting, a costume parade, food trucks and more!

​Serving on County Boards

three men with the Commissioner

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, visitBroward.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: 
Emergency Financial Assistance: 
Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.