District 8 Newsletter
December 2012 - February 2013
A Message from Broward County Vice Mayor Sharief

Vice-Mayor Sharief at the dais

Happy Holidays and I wish you a prosperous New Year! No matter how you say it or how you celebrate, being around family and friends during this season is a joyous time. Kids are home from school and many of us are looking for bargains in shopping centers.

As you know, my peers selected me to serve as vice mayor of Broward County. I am truly humbled by their vote of confidence and support of my leadership abilities. As the new vice mayor, I will continue to highlight information on foreclosure assistance and the various programs available to you including the Florida Hardest Hit Program and the National Mortgage Settlement for homeowners. I am very encouraged by the positive results our office has seen from many of these programs.

I also want to encourage you to be mindful of your homeowners’ insurance policy and other discounts. Citizens recently sent notices to homeowners about new providers and the impacts to you and your family. Please pay close attention to the details.

As I approach another year now serving, as both vice Mayor of Broward County and your County Commissioner, I will continue to be an advocate for you. I enjoy hearing from you about your ideas and your suggestions to improve our community. Feel free to contact me directly at bsharief@broward.org. I look forward to continue working and fighting for you!

Barbara Sharief
Broward County Vice Mayor

 


Broward County Commission for 2013

Broward County Commission for 2013 (left to right)-Commissioners Holness, LaMarca, Ritter, Vice Mayor Sharief, Mayor Jacobs, Gunzburger, Kiar, and Ryan (Commissioner Wexler was absent).

 

 

 

National Mortgage Settlement – Federal Government and State Attorney Generals Reach Landmark Settlement with Major Banks

After many months of negotiation, 49 state attorney generals and the federal government have reached agreement on a historic joint state-federal settlement with the country’s five largest loan providers:

• Ally/GMAC 800-766-4622

• Bank of America 877-488-7814

• Citi 866-272-4749

• JPMorgan Chase 866-372-6901

• Wells Fargo 800-288-3212

The settlement will provide as much as $25 billion in relief to distressed borrowers and direct payments to states and the federal government.

The settlement provides assistance for:

• Homeowners needing loan modifications now
• Borrowers who are current, but underwater
• Borrowers who lost their homes to foreclosure

For more information, visit nationalmortgagesettlement.com or contact Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s Office.

Website: myfloridalegal.com
Phone: 850-414-3300 or 866-966-7226

National and State Foreclosure Programs

Homeowners looking for help as they face foreclosure or the associated problems that may come with it, can now click on my web page, broward.org/Commission/District8, and view a new video and documents offering advice and assistance.

I provide information on the National Mortgage Settlement Program, the Florida Hardest Hit Program and the Making Home Affordable Mortgage Modification Program.

The National Mortgage Settlement Program provides as much as $25 billion in relief to distressed borrowers and direct payments to states and the federal government.

The Florida Housing Finance Corporation was directed by the U.S. Treasury to create and administer foreclosure prevention assistance programs that address the unique issues of Florida. Two programs are available.

Through Making Home Affordable Mortgage Modifications, homeowners have been able to obtain lower mortgage payments and realize significant savings each month. For homeowners who have seen their home values drop, there are other options that can provide relief.

Additional information on foreclosure assistance and prevention programs, affordable housing in Broward County and other services can be found at the Broward Housing Council website at broward.org/BrowardHousingCouncil. Information on housing program services can be found at broward.org/Housing.

Serving on County Boards

Boards with vacancies include:

• Animal Care Advisory Committee (1, county health department affiliation)

• Substance Abuse Advisory Board (1)

• Urban Wilderness Advisory Board (1, represent the sciences)

• Central Examining Board of Electricians (1, consumer)

• Central Examining Board of Liquefied Petroleum Gas Contractors (1, professional)

• Central Examining Board of Engineered Construction Trades (1, consumer)

• Central Examining Board of Mechanical Contractors (2, consumer or professional)

• Central Examining Board General Construction Trades (1, consumer)

Vice-Mayor Sharief presents a donation for the purchase of books for the Foster Park Library in Hallandale Beach

Vice Mayor Sharief presents a donation for the purchase of books for the Foster Park Library in Hallandale Beach.

 

 

 

City of Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley, Commissioner Wayne Messam, and Broward County Vice-Mayor

City of Miramar Mayor Lori Moseley, Commissioner Wayne Messam and Broward County Vice Mayor Sharief at the LEGO Build the Change Event where fifth grade students build a city of the future with LEGOs.

 

 

 

Vice-Mayor Sharief attends the Peppermint Prom in West Park-an

Vice Mayor Sharief attends the Peppermint Prom in West Park, an annual event held to honor seniors in southeast Broward.

 

 

 

Phone: 954-357-7008 • Fax: 954-357-5704 • bsharief@broward.org
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 410, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
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