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Highlands GardensThe HUD Homeless Continuum of Care Application awarded $9.5 million in funding for 428 transitional beds, 652 permanent supportive beds and other supportive services annually for homeless individuals and families.

The Broward County Ryan White Part A Program was awarded the National Quality Center’s 2012 National Quality Center Quality of Care Award for Performance Measurement, and received $15.4 million in grants that will result in an expansion of services to more than 7,000 persons with HIV/AIDS in Broward County.

Childcare Licensing and Enforcement received national reaccreditation from the Council on Accreditation (COA) and remains the only child care regulatory agency in the country accredited by COA.

Three projects financed by the Housing Finance Authority resulted in the construction of more than 700 new affordable multifamily units.

Eight new multifamily affordable housing developments that include 1,454 new units were constructed, using local match funding provided by Broward County.

Progresso Point, an affordable apartment community, opened a public/private partnership between the Broward Housing Authority, the Reliance Housing Foundation and Broward County.

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
The new Office of Communications Technology is charged with implementing a regional public safety communications system that will improve response to life-threatening emergencies, while saving time and money through combined operations and economies of scale. The formation of a regional communications system infrastructure is part of a 2002 voter-approved amendment to Broward County’s charter. The centralization of resources and technology is expected to save Broward County taxpayers more than $10 million annually, which can be used to further enhance public safety response.

Emergency Management Division coordinated response and recovery activities to assist municipalities and residents impacted by Hurricane Isaac in August, and continued year-round efforts to enhance preparedness and coordination with federal, state and local emergency responders, residents and businesses.

Broward County achieved recognition as a National Weather Service Storm Ready community.

Animal Care
Animal Care and Adoption competed in the 2012 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and placed in the top 25 shelters in the nation. There were 3,656 animals saved through adoption in the fiscal year, 1,467 of them during the three-month Challenge event.

Woman and dogCounty Commissioners passed a resolution providing for the development of a financially feasible strategic plan to implement life saving programs and services at Broward County Animal Care with the goal to become a No Kill Community.