|Why I'm involved with the BHC:|
The BHC fulfills a commitment to a mission and vision for the less fortunate of Broward County. It is a privilege to be the voice filling a seat designated as a representative of a recognized non-profit agency serving a special needs population - the homeless. As operator of Broward County's Central Homelessness Assistance Center (Ft. Lauderdale) and North Homeless Assistance Center (Pompano Beach), the Broward Partnership (BP) provides short term housing, health care, job training and education to over 500 men, women and children every day. BP also operates multiple permanent supportive and rapid rehousing programs throughout Broward County and looks forward to breaking ground on its first 72-unit mixed-use residential housing community designed for those citizens at or below 60% of the area's median income.
Housing alone does not end homelessness. Housing combined with the community's array of support services (health care, education, transportation, job training) ends it. Lack of affordable housing for the homeless and workforce populations is now a national topic of community crisis. In service as an advisory group to the Broward County Commission, the Council deftly crafts its work, research and advocacy in support of the development of affordable housing. I value the opportunity to work with a membership that reflects the municipalities, business owners, government officials, and non-profit organizations that are all mutually committed to the end goal of providing high quality affordable housing. Hence, building a stronger community for all.