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ARC Broward – Achievement & Rehabilitative Centers
A nationally accredited, private, not-for-profit organization providing services and employment to children and adults with autism, Down’s syndrome, and other developmental disABILITIES, as well as those with various life challenges.

Achievement & Rehabilitation Centers, Inc.
10250 Northwest 53 Street, Sunrise, FL 33351
954-746-9400  TTY/TDD: 954-577-4101
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Broward County 2-1-1 Hotline
Simply dial 2-1-1 for assistance. It's available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you'll be directed to the nearest emergency food or social service agency in your area.

Broward County – Family Success Centers
Family Success Centers are a one-stop source of social services information, referrals and services to assist individuals and families in setting goals, learning skills and accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit.
View Website for locations and more information.

Working with on-site community partners, the Centers provide the following services:

  • Integrated Intake, Assessment and Case Management
  • Self-Sufficiency Case Management/Ladder to Success, Individual, Family and Group Counseling
  • Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance
  • Life Skills Classes

Broward County Public Schools
Broward County Public School System is the sixth largest and largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school system in the country. With 232 traditional schools and centers, 76 charter schools and a virtual school serving elementary, middle and high school students, there are students from 173 different countries speaking 53 different languages. 

Broward County Public Schools
600 Southeast Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
754-321-0000

Children’s Service Council
To provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children's lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults, through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.

Children's Services Council of Broward County
6600 West Commercial Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33319
954-377-1000 or 954-377-1683
View Website

Florida Commission on Human Relations
The mission of the Commission is to prevent unlawful discrimination by ensuring people in Florida are treated fairly and are given access to opportunities in employment, housing and certain public accommodations; and to promote mutual respect among groups through education and partnerships. The members of the Commission must broadly represent various racial, religious, ethnic, social, economic, political and professional groups within the state. At least one member of the Commission must be 60 years of age or older.

Florida Commission on Human Relations
2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100, Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-488-7082   Toll free: 800-342-8170   The Florida Relay Voice (statewide) 711
View Website

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

ACCESS / Food Assistance
(Food Stamps or SNAP), Medicaid Eligibility, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF cash assistance), Customer Call Center
Civil State Mental Health Treatment Facilities
Adoption Domestic Violence
Adult Mental Health Foster Care
Adult Protective Services Homelessness
Child Care Licensing & Training
(including any payment processing problems)
Independent Living
Child Protective Investigations Refugee
Childrens Mental Health Substance Abuse
Children Who Need Help - What Can I Do

Hispanic Unity of Florida
The purpose of Hispanic Unity of Florida is to serve immigrants of varying ethnicities and their families. Hispanic Unity of Florida serves clients through job skills development and placement, basic legal status assistance, acculturation programs, language education, and a preventative health and outreach network.

Main Number: 954-964-8884 ext. 216 or info@hispanicunity.org
View Website

Urban League of Broward
To assist African-Americans and disenfranchised groups in the achievement of social and economic equality by providing programs which assist with jobs, housing, health and education.

  • Family Success Center: 954-625-2570
  • GED and Job Training: 954-625-2570
  • Housing and Financial Literacy: 954-625-2573
  • Individual Development Accounts (IDA): 954-625-2577
  • Mentoring and Volunteering: 954-625-2589
  • National Achievers Society: 954-625-2549
  • Youth Development and Education programs: 954-625-2509
  • Young Professionals Network: 954-584-0777

View Website

Administrative Office
11 Northwest 36th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
954-584-0777   Fax: 954-584-4413

Employment & Training Office/Family Success Center
3521 West Broward Boulevard, Suite 201, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312
954-625-2570   Fax: 954-321-2276

 Children & Families

Broward County – Family Success Centers
Family Success Centers are a one-stop source of social services information, referrals and services to assist individuals and families in setting goals, learning skills, and accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit.

Working with on-site community partners, the Centers provide the following services:

  • Integrated Intake, Assessment and Case Management
  • Self-Sufficiency Case Management/Ladder to Success, Individual, Family and Group Counseling
  • Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance
  • Life Skills Classes

For more information on the services provided and on the 5 locations, click here to view their website.

Children’s Service Council
To provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children's lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults, through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.

Children's Services Council of Broward County
6600 West Commercial Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33319
954-377-1000 or 954-377-1683
View Website

Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF)

ACCESS / Food Assistance
(Food Stamps or SNAP), Medicaid Eligibility, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF cash assistance), Customer Call Center
Civil State Mental Health Treatment Facilities
Adoption Domestic Violence
Adult Mental Health Foster Care
Adult Protective Services Homelessness
Child Care Licensing & Training
(including any payment processing problems)
Independent Living
Child Protective Investigations Refugee
Childrens Mental Health Substance Abuse
Children Who Need Help - What Can I Do

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) 
A nutrition program that provides healthy foods for you, your infant, and your child plus helpful nutrition information – all at no cost for those who qualify. WIC also offers breastfeeding support and referrals to health care, immunizations and other community services. There are 6 offices in Broward County. 
View Locations
954-767-5110 or 954-767-5111
View Website 

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 Education/Employment
 
Broward County Head Start Program
Administered by the School Board of Broward County. Early Head Start is a program for families with children under the age of three and pregnant women. The program objectives are accomplished through services that include appropriate infant-toddler activities, comprehensive health care, nutrition, education, and social services for young children and their families.

Head Start/Early Head Start  PreK-2 Department
Kathleen C. Wright Administration Building, 6th Floor
600 Southeast Third Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
754-321-1961 – Head Start
754-321-1959 – Early Head Start
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Broward Community Schools is an entity of Broward County Public Schools.
Welcome to your Broward Community Schools (BCS), where a world of opportunity awaits you to Expand Your Mind and Your Future. As part of the Broward County Public School system, your Community Schools are designed to meet the educational, social, cultural, and lifelong learning goals of people of all ages. A multitude of classes are offered at 20 different locations.
754-321-7600
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Employ Florida
For more information (toll free): 1-866-FLA-2345 or 1-866-352-2345
View Website

Hispanic Unity of Florida
The purpose of Hispanic Unity of Florida is to serve immigrants and their families from varying ethnicities. Hispanic Unity of Florida serves clients through job skills development and placement, basic legal status assistance, acculturation programs, language education, and a preventative health and outreach network.

Main Number: 954-964-8884 ext. 216 or info@hispanicunity.org
View Website

WorkForce® One
WorkForce® One’s goal is to assist you with your job search or lead you to information to help you gain the skills to conduct a search. View Website.

There are three Career Centers. View Locations you can visit for workshops, use of equipment or face-to-face counseling.

North Location - 2301 Sample Road, Building 4 – Suite A, Pompano Beach, FL 33076
954-969-3541

Central Location - 2610 Oakland Park Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
954-677-5555

South Location - 7550 Davie Road Extension, Hollywood, FL 33024
954-967-1010

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 Food Assistance
 
Broward Meals On Wheels
Offers Emergency Food Services to Seniors returning from the hospital and grocery shopping volunteers. Donations are accepted.   

451 North State Road 7, Plantation, FL 33317  
View Website

Broward Meals on Wheels in Espanol
Por favor regrese aquí pronto, o llame al 954-714-6922 para obtener más información sobre nuestros servicios.

Broward Meals on Wheels in Creole:
Pou nou ka jouin information sous program avec service BMOW en Creole rele nan numero sa 954-714-6947. Merci

Feeding South Florida
A not-for-profit organization, empowers other South Florida not-for-profit organizations to assist people in need and improve their lives. We provide food and other grocery products; and educate and engage our community to fight hunger and poverty.

2501 Southwest 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023, 954-518-1818
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Florida Department of Children and Families - ACCESS
The ACCESS Florida Program is responsible for public assistance eligibility determination and ongoing case management of Food Assistance, Temporary Cash Assistance and Medicaid.
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Florida Food Stamp and SUNCAP Program
Special food stamp program for people who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). If you get food stamp benefits through SUNCAP, you may not need to complete any additional application, paperwork or interviews.

Application forms area available in: English, Spanish, Haitian, Portuguese & Chinese.
View Website

Food and Nutrition Services
Broward County Public Schools offer children who qualify, well-balanced nutritious meals at a low cost.   

Free & Reduced Price Meals - The United States Department of Agriculture provides free or reduced price meals to children whose families meet income requirements. This helps assure that all children have access to nutritious food during the school day. Eligible students receive this meal benefit at both breakfast and lunch each school day.
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Million Meals Committee
In support of Broward County food banks and social service feeding programs to ensure no empty plates. For immediate assistance, please call the Broward County Hotline 2-2-1.
View Website

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)
It's the food assistance program formerly known as Food Stamps. SNAP provides a means for low-income individuals and families to buy nutritious food.
View Website

For more information on SNAP, Feeding South Florida’s SNAP Centers, or the application process contact:

Sheila Grant, SNAP Coordinator
954-518-1857 or by email at sgrant@feedingsouthflorida.org.

Hours of Operation:

Miami Location
5850 Northwest 32nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142, 305-633-9861
Thursday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

Broward Location
2501 Southwest 32 Terrace, Pembroke Park, FL 33023, 954-518-1857
Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.

SNAP can also be accessed through the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service (USDA) website.

WIC (Women, Infants and Children)
A nutrition program that provides healthy foods for you, your infant, and your child plus helpful nutrition information – all at no cost for those who qualify. WIC also offers breastfeeding support and referrals to health care, immunizations and other community services. There are 6 offices in Broward County. View Locations 
954-767-5110 or 954-767-5111
View Website

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 Health & Medical Services

Florida Department of Health in Broward County: Promote, protect and improve the health of all people in Broward County.  

780 Southwest 24 Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315, 954-467-4700
View Website 

Includes: 

Immigration Medical Examination
View Website
Applicants for adjustment of status to permanent resident are in many cases required to have a medical examination.

Broward County Health Department - Fort Lauderdale Health Center
2421 Southwest 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
954-467-4705 (Appointment only)

Refugee Health Screening Program
View Website
Health screenings and immunizations to persons with refugee status.
Broward County Health Department - Fort Lauderdale Health Center
2421 Southwest 6th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33315
954-467-4700 Ext 4550 or 4552 (Appointment only)

School Health Physical Examination
View Website
Health screenings and immunizations to persons with refugee status.
There are 3 locations to obtain a school health physical examination - Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano & Sunrise. 954-467-4705 (Appointment only)

Florida KidCare  
Offers affordable, low-cost health insurance for the uninsured children of Florida. No interview required, just fill out and mail the easy, one-page application and we will tell you if your child is eligible.
954-INSURES or 954-467-8737
View Website

WIC (Women, Infants and Children) 
A nutrition program that provides healthy foods for you, your infant, and your child plus helpful nutrition information – all at no cost for those who qualify. WIC also offers breastfeeding support and referrals to health care, immunizations and other community services. There are 6 offices in Broward County.
View Locations
954-767-5110 or 954-767-5111
View Website

  • Health Requirements for School Entry
    View Website for requirements of school entry examinations, immunizations, school health programs and other requirements.
     
  • Florida Department of Health
    Access health services in your community.
    View Website 

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 Immigration

Florida Commission on Human Relations
The mission of the Commission is to prevent unlawful discrimination by ensuring people in Florida are treated fairly and are given access to opportunities in employment, housing and certain public accommodations; and to promote mutual respect among groups through education and partnerships. The members of the Commission must broadly represent various racial, religious, ethnic, social, economic, political and professional groups within the state. At least one member of the Commission must be 60 years of age or older.

2009 Apalachee Parkway, Suite 100, Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-488-7082   Toll free: 800-342-8170   The Florida Relay Voice (statewide) 711
View Website

FIAC (Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center)
A not-for-profit legal assistance organization dedicated to protecting and promoting the basic human rights of immigrants of all nationalities.

3000 Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 400, Miami, FL 33137
305-573-1106
View Website

Hispanic Unity of Florida
The purpose of Hispanic Unity of Florida is to serve immigrants and their families from varying ethnicities. Hispanic Unity of Florida serves clients through job skills development and placement, basic legal status assistance, acculturation programs, language education, and a preventative health and outreach network.

Main Number: 954-964-8884 ext. 216 or info@hispanicunity.org
View Website

Social Security Office
For more information (toll free): 1-800-772-1213  TTY: 1-800-325-0778
View Website

Social Security
Suite 100, 3201 West Commercial Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Social Security
Suite 100, 8501 West Sunrise Boulevard, Plantation, FL 33322

Social Security
2nd Floor, 500 North Hiatus Road, Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
View Website

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 Transportation
 
Florida Drivers License 
Customer Service Center:
850-617-2000 or Automated information: 850-617-2000
View Website

For locations, select the county:  Broward | Dade | Palm Beach

Broward County Transit
Provides information on bus fares, routes maps, fares and passes.
View Website 

Click on the following for more information on transportation:

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 Utilities/Internet

Low-Cost Internet Service
Broward County Public Schools partners with Comcast EssentialsSM
Available to low-income families living in Comcast’s service areas with children receiving free lunches under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the goal of Internet Essentials is to help more American families benefit from all the Internet has to offer.  

Parents who wish to enroll in the program can call 1-855-846-8376, for Spanish, 1-855-765-6995.
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Florida's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
To assist eligible low-income Florida households in meeting the costs of home heating and cooling. The majority of the funds are used for utility payment assistance.

Broward County Department of Human Services
Community Action Agency
954-497-1350
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