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February 2018 - Community Update
Photo Focus: Family Love Strengthens Community
The services that Broward County Family Success Administration provides keep our families whole and productive which in turn keeps our community strong. Last year, the agency provided more than $5 million in direct payments that assisted more than 15,000 low-income families navigate potential homelessness, hunger, unemployment, childcare challenges and more. Family Success guides individuals toward stability and independence by assisting with mortgage and rent payments, utility assistance, financial education, tuition expenses, job training, and learning employability skills. Visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess.
New Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center Opens
Broward County Libraries Division, in partnership with the City of Pompano Beach, has recently opened a new Pompano Beach Library and Cultural Center at 50 W. Atlantic Boulevard. The library portion of the two-story facility is 26,000-square-feet, approximately twice the size of the old Pompano Beach Branch Library. The facility includes a multipurpose room, three tutoring rooms, one group study room, a conference room, a teen activity room, a storytelling/program room and a computer lab. The library offers 63 computers in the public areas and in the Computer Center along with free WiFi throughout the building. Visit Broward.org/Library.

Outstanding Water and Wastewater Services
The Florida Section of the American Water Works Association has named Broward County Water and Wastewater Services a first place winner of the 2017 Division 6 Outstanding Distribution System Award. Committee members judged the County’s system based on water quality, operations record, maintenance, professionalism of employees, safety, and emergency preparedness. They also reviewed other areas including customer service, public outreach efforts, and training. Visit Broward.org/WaterServices. More...

Transitional Employment Pilot is a Winner
In 2016, the Broward County Commission approved the Transit Transitional Employment Pilot program allowing two local nonprofit firms, Opportunities Industrialization of South Florida (OIC-SFL) and ARC Broward, to provide supplemental bus cleaning services for the Broward County Transit fleet. To achieve their goals, the firms needed to hire and train 29 employees residing in targeted areas of low-income and high unemployment, or participating in a state or local re-entry program with OIC-SFL. A Pathway to Employment with Broward County was established and two employees who met the criteria are now full time Coach Service Attendants with Broward County Transit. The successful program has been extended with OIC-SFL for two years.

Commission Prohibits Conversion Therapy on Minors
County Commissioners have banned the use of conversion therapy on minors. The controversial psychiatric counseling therapy is used by some licensed mental health professionals to change a child’s sexual orientation or gender identity. More...

BMSD Residents Can Now Access Free WiFi
Residents of the Broward Municipal Services District can now access free WiFi in County government facilities in their communities. New WiFi-enabled locations, courtesy of the Broward County Commission, include the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, the Edgar P. Mills Multi- Purpose Center, Boulevard Gardens Community Center, Franklin Park, Layfayette Hart Park, Reverend Samuel Delevoe Memorial Park and Roosevelt Gardens Park. Access will also be available at the Sunview Park Community Center, once the new building is completed. The WiFi upgrade is one in a series of infrastructure improvements and beautification projects undertaken by Broward County to enhance quality of life in the County’s unincorporated area communities. Visit Broward.org/MunicipalServicesDistrict.

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Broward County @ Your Service 
Parent Camps

Broward County is investing in the health and wellness of families by offering a series of bi-monthly Parent Camp classes in neighborhood parks located in the Broward Municipal Services District. The County, along with the School Board of Broward County, the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, University of Florida Extension Education and Jack and Jill Children’s Center, offer educational classes on a variety of topics such as understanding your child’s report card, nurturing parenting, positive discipline strategies, health and wellness, and more. Admission is free and a light dinner will be provided. February Parent Camps are scheduled at 5:30PM on February 7th, at Roosevelt Gardens Parks and February 21st at Lafayette Hart Park in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, contact the park. More...

Broward County@Your Service highlights the programs and services of the County Commission that may be of interest to residents.

February is Black History Month
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