District 8 Newsletter
July - August 2013
A Message from Broward County Vice-Mayor Sharief
As we begin the 2014 County budgeting process, I want you to know my priorities as your county commissioner include fighting for new jobs, improved services and enhanced neighborhood revitalization. I continue to hold forums and speak to residents about current issues impacting our area including home foreclosure assistance, support for the homeless and addressing the issue of aggressive dogs in our neighborhoods. My passion continues to be focusing on uplifting and enhancing our community.

Most recently, I have been a vocal advocate for funding the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).  After working on this for more than a year, I am proud to announce I secured $350,000 utilizing the Law Enforcement Trust Fund, with 9-0 vote from the County Commission. There is a major need in Broward County for coordinated assessment and triage for homeless individuals. This system would provide housing and supportive services along with being a major crime deterrent for our law enforcement officials.

With the County budget cycle underway, there will be tough decisions by the entire County Commission.  The County budget will be finalized in late September and I will keep you informed of the outcome.

It is important that there are always open lines of communication between you and me. I’d also like to hear your ideas and concerns. You can call my office at 954-357-7008 or send an email to bsharief@broward.org. It is a privilege to serve you! 

Barbara
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.

Helpful Resources

Elderly or veteran's services:
www.broward.org/ElderVets
954-357-6622

Housing or financial assistance:
www.211-broward.org
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Healthcare or homelessness issues:
www.broward.org/CommunityPartnerships
954-357-8647

Rent, mortgage or utility assistance:
www.broward.org/Family
954-357-6367

Small business concerns:
www.broward.org/EconDev/SmallBusiness
954-357-6400

Transportation issues:
www.broward.org/bct
954-357-8400

Serving on County Boards

We are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of the district.  If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resume to bsharief@broward.org. Be sure to include:  your residency/permanent address; phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship.  

  • The vacant boards are:
  • Animal Care Advisory Committee (1 vacancy, county health department affiliation)
  • Broward County Planning Council (1 vacancy, resident who lives in the district)
  • Broward Cultural Council (1 vacancy)
  • Commission on the Status of Women (1 vacancy, registered voter in district)
  • Historical Commission (1 vacancy)
  • Library Advisory Board (1, registered voter)
  • Substance Abuse Advisory Board (2 vacancies)
  • Urban Wilderness Advisory Board (1 vacancy, represent the sciences)
Group Led by Broward County Vice-Mayor Sharief Agrees on Proposals to Control Aggressive Dog Population

Proposals to control the aggressive dog population in Broward County have been finalized and will be reviewed by the Commission and set for a public hearing at a future date prior to approval.

  • The agreed upon final recommendations include:
  • Develop proposed County Commission policy regulating professional and backyard dog breeders.
  • An increase in animal control officers in the upcoming Fiscal Year 2014 budget.
  • Recommend the Broward Sheriff's Office provide training to deputies on animal control trends and best practices.
  • Recommend the County Commission develop a mandatory “spay/neuter” culture.
  • Continue to enforce citations and other penalties for irresponsible pet owners.

In 2012, Broward County Animal Care and Adoption picked up nearly 4,800 stray dogs, with large concentrations found in the southern part of the County bordering Miami-Dade.

In a separate item, Commissioners approved an ordinance that prohibits teaching an animal to fight and other activities related to the fighting of animals. Violation of the dog fighting prohibition comes with a $500 fine per offense.

Fines also increased to $300 for pet owners who fail to register and provide rabies vaccinations for their pet. Pet owners will be given a 30-day warning for the first offense, allowing them to comply with the requirements prior to being fined.

Broward county also provides a number of low cost vaccinations and spay/neuter programs that can be found at broward.org/animal.

Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

With an active hurricane season predicted, it's also a good time to review your personal preparedness plans. Every family should be prepared to be self-sufficient for the first three-to-five days after a major storm so recovery efforts can focus on those who can't help themselves. For a comprehensive review on how to get ready for the hurricane season, visit the County’s Hurricane Preparedness Website.

Preparations should include:

  • Have a hurricane plan. Know whether or not you live in an evacuation zone. If so, determine where you will go if an evacuation order is given. If you must evacuate, your first and best option is to stay with family or friends outside of the evacuation area. If you require special assistance, such as transportation in the event of an evacuation or if you need to stay at a Special Medical Needs shelter, call Broward County Human Services Department at 954-357-6385. If a member of your family is elderly, frail or disabled and may become vulnerable in the aftermath of a storm, register them with Broward County's Vulnerable Population Registry. For more information call 3-1-1 or 954-831-4000.
  • Stock a hurricane kit with food, water and supplies for your family. Consider special needs of children, elderly and any pets or large animals. Review the online Shopping Guide that helps spread the cost of your kit over eight weeks.
  • Assess your home for vulnerabilities. Trim trees and other landscaping early, and dispose of debris properly, well in advance of a potential storm.
  • Participate in the County's Home Damage Assessment Program. You can help officials quickly identify areas of devastation before damage assessment teams are able to canvass the County. Before the storm, print the Home Damage Assessment photos and include them in your hurricane kit. Immediately after the storm, when it is safe to go outside, call 3-1-1 to report the level of damage to your home using the Home Damage Assessment photos as your frame of reference. You can also bookmark the Home Damage Assessment application on your cell phone or other mobile device and file a report directly from your smart phone. For more information, visit the Home Damage Assessment Website.
  • Stay Connected. For the latest information, follow us on Twitter, subscribe to the Hurricane Update email System, or call the Broward County Call Center at 954-831-4000 or 311.

 Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief along with members of School Board of Broward County
 
Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief along with members of School Board of Broward County,  Broward County Airport Division staff and Jet Blue representatives at the Autism in Flight event to familiarize autistic children and their families to airport procedures and processes when traveling.


 Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief explains to the news media the purpose of the Autism In Flight

Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief explains to the news media the purpose of the Autism In Flight event at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport, which provided a realistic airport/flying experience for autistic children and their families. 


 Vice Mayor Sharief and students from Broward County Schools who participated in the Autism In Flight

Vice Mayor Sharief and students from Broward County Schools who participated in the Autism In Flight event at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Airport.  The program was designed to make travel less stressful for children with autism and their families. 


 Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief meeting with several local community leaders, animal activists and animal support groups

Vice Mayor Barbara Sharief meeting with several local community leaders, animal activists and animal support groups to develop solutions to the aggressive dog problem throughout the County.

Phone: 954-357-7008 • Fax: 954-357-5704 • bsharief@broward.org
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