Proudly leading Broward Housing Solutions (BHS) as CEO since 2008, and as the original board member of the Broward Housing Council since 2009, the decision to serve made sense: I’m a proud provider of affordable housing that addresses Broward County’s serious social issue surrounding homelessness!
A fierce advocate for the need of affordable housing, specifically for the low-income, chronically homeless residents with disabilities who also have a mental illness, it is a privilege to serve this beautiful community. Here are three reasons that solidify why affordable housing for benefits everyone:
1. Prevents Homelessness: Affordable and supportive housing prevents at risk populations such as Young Adults aging out of foster care, Seniors, Veterans and families from becoming homeless. Coupled with community partnerships offering an array of support services, it encourages a permanent exodus from the streets.
2. Provides Opportunity: Affordable and supportive housing provides a safe home where all have the opportunity to stabilize, recover and reintegrate back into society achieving long-term, self-sufficiency.
3. Social Benefit: Affordable housing serves as a greater platform addressing the immediate needs for productive citizens reducing substantial financial strains on our communities (taxpayers), such as incarceration at $150 per night and over-utilization of emergency rooms at approximately $720 per night.
Nobody said it better than Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth”, and I’m honored to serve as a board member of the Broward Housing Council!