District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Vice-Mayor Barbara Sharief

The Board of County Commissioners has passed the Fiscal Year 2014 Budget of $4.1 billion to keep all County services at their current levels. The most significant change is the consolidation and funding of $22.5 million for the Consolidated Countywide E-911 Communications and Dispatch emergency systems. The costs of this system shifts from several cities to the County.

I welcome your comments. You can call my office at 954-357-7008, or send an e-mail to bsharief@broward.org. It is a privilege to serve you!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

hands holding pink ribbonOctober is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Awareness events will be offered throughout October at Broward County Libraries. For more information visit  Broward.org/library or call the Broward County Main Library Branch at 954-357-7444.

Affordable Healthcare Act

Doctor and PatientsOpen Enrollment in the health Insurance Marketplace will provide information to families and small businesses that currently don’t offer insurance, or need an alternative to what they currently have. Open enrollment in the Marketplace began October 1st, with coverage starting as soon as January 1, 2014. To review the information, visit Healthcare.gov/ or call 1-800-318-2596, 24 hours a day; seven 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. In Commission District 8, Navigators will be at the South Regional Health Center, 4105 Pembroke Road in Hollywood.

In addition, Broward County Libraries is hosting free information sessions through November 16. The following branches in or near District 8 will have information sessions: Miramar, 954-357-8070; Carver Ranches, 954-357-6245; Southwest Regional, 954-357-6580; Hallandale Beach, 954-357-6380. View list of dates and locations.

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. View a description of Boards.

Foreclosures and Housing Assistance

housingIf 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. If you need assistance, my office can get you in touch with the resources you need.

If you are struggling with mortgage payments, Hope Now may be able to help you work out a solution with your lender. Contact them at 1-888-995 HOPE (4673) or visit http://www.995hope.org/.

The Broward County Family Success Administration Division provides emergency assistance with food, rent, mortgage, and utility bills. Contact them at 954-357-5001 or visit their South Center at 4733 SW 18th Street, West Park, 33023 (phone number: 954-357-5650). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veteran's Services Division at 954-357-6622.

Residential Waste Disposal Changes Effective

electronic wasteSome residents will see changes to the ways they can dispose of household hazardous waste, electronics, bulk waste and yard waste. Household Hazardous Waste Disposal and Electronics Drop-Off  is available only to residents of:  Cooper City, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Lauderdale Lakes, Margate, Pembroke Park, Sea Ranch Lakes, West Park, Weston, Wilton Manors and Unincorporated Broward County. For details, visit Household Hazardous Waste.  Residential Yard Waste and Bulk Waste Drop-Off, is available only to residents of: Dania Beach, Hollywood, Margate, Pembroke Park, Weston, West Park and Unincorporated Broward County. For details, visit Residential Yard Waste.  If your city is listed above, the following drop-off locations are available for the disposal of household hazardous waste, electronics, yard waste and bulk waste; Saturdays only, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

  • Pompano Beach — 2780 N. Powerline Road (north of Copans Road)
  • West Park — 5601 W. Hallandale Beach Blvd. (east of U.S. 441)
  • Davie — 5490 Reese Road (off Davie Road)

Proof of residency in a participating city is required (photo ID and a document that shows your official address such as a tax bill, TRIM notice, voter registration, utility bill, or other official government-issued document). 

If your city is not listed here and you have questions about household hazardous waste, electronics disposal, residential yard waste and bulk waste drop-off, contact your city's Public Works Department.  


Helpful Resources

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 211, or go to http://211-broward.com/.

Elderly and Veteran's Services:

Healthcare or Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.