District 8 Newsletter

A Message from Broward County Vice-Mayor Barbara Sharief:

As we come closer to finalizing the County’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year, I am working hard to preserve services such as Libraries, Parks, and Transit. County Staff works hard to obtain and maintain grants for these and other services in order to sustain and improve our quality of life. In addition, we have worked with Animal Care and Adoption to provide more Animal Care Officers and in partnership with other agencies to bring awareness of animal safety in the community. For more information regarding their services, visit Animal Care or call 954-359-1313.

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!


SEPTEMBER is Library Card Sign up Month and Hispanic Heritage Month

guitar and roseVisit any of the Broward County Libraries, in person or online, and explore events and available materials.

If you need assistance with job hunting, Broward County Library offers materials and services to assist you, including résumé writing and employability skills software, and personalized assistance from library staff. Visit My Library Online.

Legislative Updates

I-95 Express is expected to receive additional grant funding for capital improvements which may include buses, shelters, park and ride lot enhancements, and ADA facilities.

As a result of the National Mortgage Settlement, the Florida Legislature has approved $40 million in State Housing Initiative Partnership Programs (SHIP), to be distributed to 119 SHIP jurisdictions statewide. Broward County will use their portion of the funds for Special Needs/Barrier Free Housing (retrofitting) and for Down Payment/Closing Cost Assistance Programs. For more information, contact your local Housing and Community Development Agency: Hallandale Beach – 954-457-1377; Miramar – 954-602-3265; Pembroke Pines - 954-431-7866; Broward County – 954-357-4909.

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.

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Hurricane Preparedness Website

Hurricane season ends on November 30th; continue your preparations. Stay Connected. For the latest information, subscribe to the Hurricane Update email System, or call the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000 or 311.

If you require special assistance, such as transportation in the event of an evacuation or if you need to stay at a Special Medical Needs shelter, call Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385. If a member of your family is elderly, frail or disabled and may become vulnerable in the aftermath of a storm, register them with Broward County's Vulnerable Population Registry. For more information call 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000.

A pet-friendly shelter, operated by the American Red Cross and the Broward County Humane Society, is available to residents with pets who either live in an evacuation area or a mobile home in Broward County. Pre-registration is required. Call the Humane Society at 954-989-3977.

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Cultural Events

The Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has chosen Broward’s African American Research Library and Cultural Center as the location for the Institute’s next Save our African American Treasures location. The event runs on October 26th, from 10 am to 6 pm., and on October 27th from 1 pm-6 pm. The centerpiece of the program is Hometown Treasures. The public can bring up to three personal items for a one-on-one professional consultation with experts on their historical value, and how to care for and preserve their items. The specialists serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and do not determine the items’ monetary values. Objects such as books, paper, textiles and digital memories can be reviewed. Items from all cultures will be allowed for examination. For more information, contact the African American Research Library and Cultural Center at 954-357-6282.

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Broward County’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness

As you know, I am an advocate for the prevention of homelessness and for expanding coordinated assessment and triage for homeless individuals. The County’s 10-year plan to end homelessness includes an increase in permanent supportive housing, expansion of outreach and intervention services, and working with the Housing Council to address affordable housing in Broward County. The recently implemented HMIS will provide data to support the mission to end homelessness.

Helpful Resources

2-1-1 Broward can 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 or Veteran's Services: 954-357-6622

Healthcare or Homelessness: 954-357-8647

Emergency Financial Assistance: 954-357-6367

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.: 954-765-8950