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A Better Way to Give
The City of Fort Lauderdale is taking a comprehensive approach to assisting the homeless by working with numerous agencies, non-profit, charitable and faith-based organizations that, like us, are dedicated to addressing this complex and important issue. Our overarching goal is to provide a long-term comprehensive solution for the homeless population. While aiming for that goal, we are concurrently working to protect public safety and maintain quality of life for our neighbors, businesses, and visitors.
"Give Fort Lauderdale" is an alternate giving campaign to raise public awareness about the work that many non-profit agencies and organizations are doing to help the homeless in our community. Donations to these groups will help fund housing, assistance programs, substance abuse treatment, and an array of other community support and social services in Fort Lauderdale.
Where to Give
Following is a list of many of our community partners who are working with us to address homelessness:
Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Inc.
The Broward Partnership is committed to reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self-worth through advocacy, housing and comprehensive services. Since opening on February 1, 1999, the Broward Partnership served over 20,000 homeless individuals and families, by providing short-term housing, and it has been held as a model program for its comprehensive array of solution-focused services that aim to reduce and prevent homelessness. The agency won best practices awards from the Florida Department of Children & Families and the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, which also recognized the Partnership as one of the 400 best projects in the nation serving the homeless.
First Call for Help of Broward County
Every hour of every day, someone in broward is searching for help or services – housing, food, financial assistance, relief from abuse, family issues, depression, childcare, suicide prevention, etc, but navigating the maze of city, state and non-profit agencies can be overwhelming and confusing.
Since 1995, 2-1-1 Broward, has been the community’s central point of entry into the health and human services system. Dialing 2-1-1 is an easy way for people who need help to get connected with the community service providers that can help them. The 2-1-1 Broward helpline is available to every individual and family in Broward County.
HOPE South Florida, Inc.
HOPE South Florida is a non-profit organization. Motivated by God's love for our city, the Christian community and other partner agencies have joined together seeking to serve homeless and hurting individuals and families. Through partnerships with the Christian community services and churches we are providing housing, mentoring relationships and community one-stop service centers, we seek to see broken families renewed and lives restored.
United Way of Broward County
United Way of Broward County unites the resources of donors and volunteers to identify the community’s most pressing needs and creates measurable results. We are leading the effort to identify the vital issues impacting our community in the areas of Education, Income, Health and an emphasis on Substance Abuse – the building blocks for a better life.
United Way of Broward County mobilizes the power of local businesses and government, education leaders, non-profits, faith-based organizations and volunteers to make a much needed impact in our community. We are investing in quality strategies and programs that provide long-term solutions while advocating for better policies, engaging people in the community and generating resources.
Mission United is a critical program supporting U.S. Military Veterans and their families in Broward County by helping them re-acclimate to civilian life. Key focus areas include housing, employment readiness, education, health, legal assistance, and emergency financial aid. Through MISSION UNITED, United Way of Broward County is aligning existing services and creating solutions where there are gaps in support.
The Salvation Army has been active in Broward County since 1926. The agency provides transitional housing with support services to 50 families with children and 40 single individuals and emergency shelter to another 300 men and women each month. New Beginnings, a program for homeless pregnant women is unique in Broward County. It provides housing and support to women working to gain self-sufficiency and a stable life for their children. Dinner is served to an average of 70 people five evenings each week though our community feeding program. In addition to housing homeless people, a food pantry supplies groceries to an average of 100 people each week and rent/mortgage and utility assistance helps families in emergency situations avoid homelessness.
Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale
The Housing Authority has been committed to providing safe, decent, and affordable housing to low-income residents in Broward County since 1938. In addition to offering affordable rental housing and several public housing sites, the Housing Authority administers a number of programs, such as the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, the Housing Choice Voucher Homeownership Program, and the Step-Up Apprenticeship Initiative, to promote self-sufficiency and economic opportunity for local residents
Women In Distress
Women In Distress of Broward County, Inc. is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County. The organization offers 24-hour crisis intervention through a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and emergency shelter, as well as counseling and support for victims and their children. Women In Distress also provides education and professional trainings on domestic violence and related topics in Broward County schools and in the community.
Making A Difference
There are many organizations making a positive difference in our community. For a complete list of United Way Partners visit www.unitedwaybroward.org/Funded-Partners-and-Programs
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