Broward County continues initiatives to eliminate homelessness
The Homeless Initiative Partnership, in collaboration with the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, Broward Sheriff’s Office, 211, Nova Southeastern University and Hands on Broward, will begin collection of data for the 2017 Homeless Point-In-Time (PIT) Count Survey and Built for Zero 2017 Initiative Registry Week. This survey will begin on Tuesday, January 24th through Thursday, January 26, 2017.
The purpose of this survey is to provide up-to-date information about the needs of persons experiencing homelessness. The survey is an opportunity to engage in efforts to end homelessness and inform the homeless about the Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC), and Broward Built for Zero: 2017 Initiative Registry Project.
Nearly 250 volunteers stand ready to assist in the Homeless Continuum of Care. Interested persons should contact Shira Fowlkes at [email protected] for additional information or click onhttp://www.browardpointintime.org/get_involved to register.
According to Michael R. Wright, Administrator of Broward’s Homeless Initiative Partnership, the County is charged with counting every homeless person and asking them to complete a survey. “An accurate count helps the County get needed resources to help persons experiencing homeless in Broward and is used to substantiate need for all federal and state grants,” says Wright. “The Broward Built for Zero: 2017 Initiative Registry is designed to create a registry of homeless and chronically homeless people and line up a supply of housing and service resources to help them and will assist in prioritizing chronically homeless persons for placement in HUD CoC Program Permanent Supportive Housing.”
The “A Way Home” Homeless Continuum of Care is a network of organizations, advocates, residents and businesses that plan programs to implement a full range of emergency, transitional and permanent housing along with prevention and other services to help alleviate homelessness in Broward County. The County’s Built for Zero: 2017 goal is to achieve functional zero for veteran homelessness by May 31, 2017, chronic homelessness by 2017, and family and youth homelessness by 2020.
The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP), is a section within the Community Partnerships Division of the Broward County Human Services Department. HIP plans and coordinates services for homeless persons, and serves as liaison to the Homeless Initiative Partnership Advisory Board, which acts as agent for Broward County Commissioners in the development and implementation of homeless assistance programs.