Background & Summary
In 2005, Broward County officials and stakeholders developed “A Way Home: Broward County, Florida's Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness", utilizing largely community input, as well as guidance from national experts. The development process was led by a Ten-Year Plan Steering Committee. At the time, Broward's housing assets included emergency shelter, transitional housing, and PSH beds. Both the County and the Homeless Continuum of Care were investing public and private funds in programs providing services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, estimated at that time to be over 3,100 individuals based on the PIT count.
The “A Way Home" plan underwent significant revisions in 2013 to reflect significant changes to the federal policy environment as well as new data surrounding the best practices for preventing and ending homelessness. These changes included the passing of the HEARTH Act, a new system performance developed by HUD that changed the way federal funding was allocated, and the continued effectiveness of the Housing First Approach.
In 2017, the Broward County CoC engaged the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to update the community's Plan to End Homelessness (A Way Home) utilizing the CSH Charrette process. The goal of this Charrette was to produce a feasible set of recommendations to revise and shape the plan to meet the current needs of the community. A report was presented to the Broward County CoC in January 2018, outlining three priority focus areas and two additional focus areas, representing ideas presented in the Charrette Fishbowl sessions that would have the most impact on ending homelessness in the Broward County community. These focus areas were;
- Coordinated Entry System
- Systems Change
- Shelter System
- Housing First/Housing Focused Culture
This report is the product of six months of work in 2018 between CSH and the Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP), the designated Lead Agency for the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Board as well as the CoC's Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).
Previous Versions of the A Way Home Plan
A Way Home: Broward County, Florida's Annual Plan To End Homelessness (October 2005)
A Way Home: Broward County, Florida's Annual Plan To End Homelessness (Udpated August 2013)
Recommendations for Implementation of Federal HEARTH Act - January 2013