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Updates on Initiatives to Address Homelessness

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Commissioner Ben Sorensen is working to address homelessness in the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Below some of Commissioner Sorensen community meetings on this important issue:

  • The Food Shower Outreach program. for winter 2019 is now available. The Food, Shower and Outreach (FSO) Guide is a summary of locations in Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood and Pompano where the homeless can get a meal, a shower or connect with an outreach worker who can provide information or referrals.  It is developed so everyone in the community has the opportunity to interact and make a difference in the life of someone every day.  Make copies, keep in your car and give out when you feel like making a difference.  Commissioner Sorensen thanks Salvation Army, North Homeless Assistance Center and Hope South Florida for the day respite programs they run for individuals and families. 
  • Each year since 1990, on or near the first day of winter, which is the longest night of the year, the National Healthcare for the Homeless Council and the National Coalition for the Homeless have sponsored National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to bring attention to the tragedy of homelessness and to remember our homeless friends who have paid the ultimate price for our nation’s failure to end homelessness. Broward County will be holding a Homeless Memorial Day ceremony on Tuesday, December 17th at 5:30 pm (Vision of Hope, 1100 N Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale). We will do a name-reading as part of the remembrance for those homeless people who have died during the past year.  We would really appreciate if you would send us the names and ages of your homeless clients/patients/consumers who have died while living on the street during this past year so they can be remembered during our Homeless Memorial Ceremony. Please send the information directly to Lorraine Wilby: Lorraine.wilby@taskforceoutreach.org  no later than Monday, December 3rd.  

  •  Commissioner Sorensen thanks HOPE South Florida, Rich Campillo and St.Anthony ophthalmologist the project Eye Glasses, which provides eye glasses to the homeless. It is a basic analysis that provides readers and donated used glasses to improve eyesight.  Hope South Florida is hosting us the third Thursday of each month during their meal (see FSO Guide for details).  Feel free to let your clients know about the service. 

As a reminder, if you would like to receive District 4 Meeting email updates or if you have any questions, please contact District 4 Chief of Staff, Juan Saavedra at JuSaavedra@fortlauderdale.gov or 954-828-5028.