County to Distribute Blankets and Cold Weather Gear to the Homeless
Shelters to open as temperatures drop to the 40s Friday and Saturday
BROWARD COUNTY, FL - As temperatures are predicted to drop this weekend, Broward County's Homeless Initiative Partnership (HIP) and its partners, including Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) Homeless Outreach Team and the Multi-Agency Homeless Taskforce (MAHT), are distributing blankets and cold weather gear for persons experiencing homelessness.
The three partner agencies will hold a media availability at 11a.m. today at the Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) Public Safety Building, 2601 W. Broward Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. All three agencies will be in attendance to answer media questions.
Dozens of new blankets and additional items like socks and toiletries will be distributed to unsheltered homeless individuals in Broward County to provide some warmth when, according to the National Weather Service, temperatures are supposed to drop this Friday and Saturday.
"Homelessness is a community problem that requires a collective community response driven through collaboration," said Broward County Human Services Department Director Tara Williams. "That is why we highly value our partnership with BSO and our network of committed, compassionate homeless services providers in a coordinated and strategic effort to make sure on the coldest nights of the year, no lives are lost among the many - too many - individuals experiencing street homelessness in Broward County."
The County will activate the cold weather shelters at the locations below on December 23 and 24 from 6 p.m. to 9 a.m.
- Hope South Florida - 1100 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
- The Salvation Army - 1445 Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale
If you are experiencing homelessness, or you know someone who is, please call the Homeless Helpline at 954-563-4357 or visit the Homeless Services website.
About Homeless Initiative Partnership
The Homeless Initiative Partnership manages the County's Homeless Continuum of Care through planning activities and coordinating County, State and Federal funding through contracts with community providers. These contracted services support strategies to end homelessness and primarily focus on increasing client self-sufficiency and placement in permanent housing. For more information, call 954-357-6101 or visit our website.
December 22, 2022
Tara Williams, Human Services Director
Ph: 954-290-3229 | Email: [email protected]