Broward County Governmental Center Annex
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A-370
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Hearing Impaired/TTY: 800-995-8711
This office serves as staff to the Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) Advisory Board, Broward County's focal point for planning and coordination for, and on behalf of, homeless families and individuals in Broward County. Additionally, HIP provides support to the Homeless Providers and Stakeholders Council and is responsible for carrying out HIP Advisory Board’s responsibilities pursuant to its designation as the Local Coalition by the State of Florida. HIP staff also assists with the formation of policies, programs and procedures related to homeless services. HIP Administration is responsible for administering multi-million dollar homeless programs funded by Broward County, the State of Florida, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in a collaborative effort with other Human Services Department divisions, community service providers, business leaders, and government officials, to maintain a countywide Continuum of Care of homeless services.
The HIP Section is the designated Lead Agency for the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) as well as the CoC’s Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Lead Agency. The CoC is the county’s local planning group working to end homelessness. The CoC is a network of organizations, advocates, community residents, and businesses that plan programs with the primary goal of alleviating homelessness in all areas of Broward County.
The CoC serves two main purposes:
- To develop a long-term strategic plan and manage a year-round planning effort that addresses the identified needs of homeless individuals and households; the availability and accessibility of existing housing and services; and the opportunities for linkages with mainstream housing and services resources.
- To prepare an application for McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (McKinney-Vento) competitive grants.
Broward's CoC addresses all aspects of homelessness including prevention, outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent affordable housing, and supportive services. This work includes:
- Facilitating community, business and governmental involvement in the homeless continuum of care through local implementation of 2009 Federal Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act;
- Direct oversight of the County's three regional Homeless Assistance Centers;
- Creating new and innovative programs to serve Broward's homeless population (such as the County's first homeless medical respite care facility);
- Participation in the creation of applications and requests for proposals;
- Working in conjunction with community partners and stakeholders, Broward County has been awarded a number of grants from state and federal agencies, and U.S. Department of HUD Homeless Continuum of Care applications have scored among the top in the nation;
- This collaboration facilitates the creation of linkages between emergency shelter operators, transitional housing providers, and other service providers within the Continuum of Care. HIP and the homeless services providers continue to work toward the implementation of a homeless management information system; and
- HIP Administration maintains its efforts to lessen the impact of homelessness in our community, and to one day achieve its eradication. This will be accomplished by: researching and incorporating appropriate best practices models to improve service delivery; expanding supportive housing capacity for the mentally ill, those in recovery, and others with disabilities; developing and implementing strategies to better deal with institutional discharge and access to mainstream resources; expanding and enhancing mentoring opportunities for homeless persons; and researching methods to expand the stock of affordable housing in Broward County.
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