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 230-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 almost 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% are White, 44% Black, 10% Hispanic, with Native American, Asian, Haitian, and other making up the balance.
96% of the population is single.
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 23,400 persons experiencing homelessness in Broward County 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 and 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 program participants are allowed to return to the center if they experience homelessness again. Returning participants are required to participate in specialized programs designed to reinforce the skills needed to regain their independence. Participants 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 52% of our revenue comes from government grants and contracts. The remainder comes from private corporations, charitable foundations, special events 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. You can also make a one-time or ongoing monthly contribution when you click here.