The Broward Partnership built and operates the Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center on the Huizenga Campus.
Completed and opened in 1999, the 57,000 square foot, 200-bed residential emergency shelter was funded almost entirely with private donations. The Broward Partnership provides short term housing and solution-focused services to individuals and families. The term emergency means that the average stay is 60 days. Since it's opening,the Partnership has assisted more than 19,700 individuals.
The Broward Partnership believes that an individual’s stay at the Center, although time limited, represents a unique (and perhaps only) opportunity to stabilize, engage and acquire the personal tools necessary to break the cycle of homelessness. More than an emergency shelter, the Center provides a safe and nurturing environment designed to highlight alternatives to living on the street and provide each resident with the means to reacquire health, housing, and a sustaining income.
On-site services include
The second story accommodates an assessment unit, the behavioral health offices, and the living arrangements consisting of two men's dormitories that house a total of 120 men, one women's dormitory for 40 women, and a modular family wing for ten families or 40 family members. Constrcution is about to begin to add an additional 30 beds for omen and women with families.
Residents eat in a central dining room that serves three meals prepared in the Center’s commercial kitchen. The kitchen also serves as a vocational training facility for residents interested in careers in food service.
A landscaped central outdoor courtyard provides residents a place to read, reflect and speak with other residents. A butterfly garden, built by the employees of JM Family Enterprises, provides additional space for our residents to reflect on the challenges ahead. Each resident, as part of their program provides community service time while at the center, many choose to assist in the maintainance of the grounds and helping with cleaning in the kitchen.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission of Broward Partnership?
Broward Partnership is committed to reducing homelessness by promoting independence and self worth through advocacy, housing and comprehensive services. It operates the 200-bed Broward County Central Homeless Assistance Center/Huizenga Campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida which provides short term housing and a solution-focused service program for men, women and children.
How large is the homeless population in Broward County?
Data from Broward County states that on any given night there are 850 homeless individuals and families without shelter in Broward County. On average, there are more than 200 families each month that are homeless and on the community’s waiting list for shelter. In addition, it is estimated that there are 2,400 homeless children attending Broward County Schools.
Who are the homeless people at the Central Homeless Assistance Center?
Approximately 77% of the population is male
86% of the population falls between the ages of 18 and 61
46% were White, 44% Black, 10% Hispanic, with Native American, Asian, Haitian, and other making up the balance
How did they become homeless?
The major causes of homelessness are loss of employment and a lack of affordable housing. In addition, health and behavioral problems, family problems and eviction play a large role in creating homelessness.
How many homeless people has the Broward Partnership helped?
Since February 1, 1999, more than 19,700 homeless Broward County residents have received assistance the Broward Partnership.
What services does the Broward Partnership provide?
The Broward Partnership uses an innovative model of care that has been recognized to be among the most effective in the country. The organization delivers specialized services to ensure that homeless men, women and children receive clean, safe temporary housing, nutritious meals, child care, medical care, dental care, mental health and substance abuse treatment, counseling, vocational training and employment services needed to establish self-sufficiency.
What happens when a person completes their 60 days in residence? They go on to the next step in their planned program to live independently. Many participate in our "aftercare" program that is designed to assist them maintain housing and independence.
Can people come back again?
In special circumstances former residents are allowed to return to the center if they experience homelessness again. Returning residents are required to participate in specialized programs designed to reinforce the skills needed to regain their independence. Residents who were discharged from the Center for acts of violence, threatened violence or sale of any type of drug are not permitted to return.
How is the Broward Partnership funded?
Approxiamtely 53% of our revenue comes fro Government grants and contracts The remainder comes from private corporations, charitable foundations and individuals. In-kind donations of food, clothing, furniture and services also helps offset many expenses that we would otherwise incur.
What can I do to help?
There are many ways to contribute. The Broward Partnership has numerous programs and fundraising activities in which you can participate. The agency also accepts in-kind gifts of goods and services and offers a community volunteer program for those who wish to have a hands-on experience.
Our 2013 Report to the Community is available for download. Click on the cover image to download the full report.
Our 2012 Report to the Community is available for download. Click on the cover image to download the full report.
920 Northwest 7th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311-7229
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Directions: The Campus is one mile EAST of I-95 on the SE corner of Sunrise Boulevard and NW 7th Avenue (Avenue of the Arts) in Fort Lauderdale.
From I-95 -- Take Sunrise Boulevard EAST, 1 mile to NW 7th Avenue (Avenue of the Arts) and turn RIGHT - make the first LEFT into the Center?s parking lot
From Fort Lauderdale -- Take Broward Boulevard to NW 7th Avenue (Avenue of the Arts), turn NORTH - continue almost to Sunrise Boulevard - turn RIGHT into parking lot.
Our 2011 Report to the Community is available for download. Click on the cover image to download the full report.
Since opening on February 1, 1999, the Broward Partnership has served over 19,700 homeless individuals and families, by providing short term housing, and been held as a model program for its comprehensive array of solution-focused services that aim to reduce and prevent homelessness. The agency has 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.