DATE: January 7, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Michael Wright, Administrator
Broward County Homeless Initiative Partnership
PHONE: 954-357-6167 or 954-802-4512
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - More than 220 homeless men, women and children received shelter and meals during the cold weather emergency advisory issued for the evening of January 6 for Broward County.
Broward County's Homeless Initiative Partnership, charged with maintaining a countywide continuum of care for the homeless, had four facilities open from 6:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. The homeless were served at both the North, South and Central Homeless Assistance Centers as well as the Salvation Army.
"Sheltering persons experiencing homelessness during a cold weather activation is a collaborative effort between multiple service organizations and County agencies," said Michael Wright, administrator of the Homeless Initiative Partnership. These organizations and agencies include 2-1-1 Homeless Help Line, nonprofit shelter providers, law enforcement agencies, Broward County Transit and the Task Force for Ending Homelessness.
Homeless Initiative Partnership
The Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP), a section within the Community Partnerships Division of the Broward County Human Services Department, plans and coordinates services for homeless persons, and serves as liaison to the Homeless Initiative Partnership Advisory Board, which acts as agent for the Board of County Commissioners in the development and implementation of homeless assistance programs. HIP is also the lead agency for the County’s Homeless Continuum of Care, a network of organizations, advocates, residents and businesses that plan programs to help alleviate homelessness in Broward County. The goal is to end chronic and veteran homelessness by 2015, and family and youth homelessness by 2020. For more information, call 954-357-6101 or visit Homeless Services.