District 8 Newsletter

​A Message from Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief 

Commissioner Sharief with group of peopleBroward County is participating in a national awareness campaign throughout September to increase resident and community preparedness for all potential emergencies. The annual event sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), encourages everyone to "Don't Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today." Residents and businesses should be informed and turn awareness into action by having an emergency preparedness family plan and stocking an emergency supply kit.
September is the most active month for hurricane activity here in South Florida and residents are encouraged to take a few simple steps to get prepared, if they have not already done so:
  • Know if you live in an evacuation zone
  • Prepare a family/business emergency plan that includes your pets
  • Assemble an emergency supply kit-enough to last 72 hours per person
  • Stay informed about potential hazards and local emergency plans
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.
I wish all of you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015!

​Low Cost Rabies Clinic Event For Cats and Dogs

​Broward County Animal Care and Adoption Division will host a Rabies Clinic on Saturday, September 12th from 9AM to 2PM at the Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar.Pet owners will be able to have their dog or cat vaccinated against rabies and receive a Broward County Rabies Registration tag. Cost for a one-year rabies vaccination and Broward County Rabies Registration tag will be:

  • $25 for dogs and cats that are spayed/neutered (sterilized)
  • $35 for pets that are not spayed/neutered (not sterilized)

Dog and cat ID microchips, with free registration, will also be available for $15. Microchips can be scanned by a veterinarian or animal shelter if your pet gets lost so they can be returned to you. 

​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, 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.

​Everglades Oil Drilling Plan

​I have heard a lot of talk about a controversial proposal to drill for oil in the Everglades west of Miramar. This land carries a strict conservation zoning classification that would exclude oil drilling. If the Broward County Commission is asked for a change to the zoning amendment, I would not consider it. This Commission has been very clear about its position on drilling in or near the Everglades and we are against it and I don't see that changing.

​$4 Million Grant Will Help Emotionally Disturbed Adolescents and Young Adults

​Broward County has received a $1 million annual grant for four years, for a total of $4 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Grant funds will be used to implement a comprehensive plan to enhance the system of care for adolescents and young adults ages 14-21 with serious emotional problems and other conditions such as substance abuse and trauma. The grant begins on September 30, 2015 and will be administered by the Broward County Human Services Department's Community Partnerships Division in collaboration with the Broward Behavioral Health Coalition. Young Adults with emotional problems are often served by multiple agencies and coordination of services is critically important. The grant will support expansion of the current system of services to provide youth and family-driven care to help adolescents with serious mental health problems remain in the community and out of residential placements, the juvenile justice system, and other restrictive settings. Grant activities include engaging youth and families as primary stakeholders in the system of care, developing culturally and linguistically competent services and implementing evidence-based practices.

​Serving on County Boards

Commissioner with children

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of the district. If you are interested, 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.

​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 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.