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2021

Number of homeless

Status Indicators:
Proceeding as Planned
 Monitoring Progress
Reviewing for Improvement
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Status Indicators: Proceeding as Planned |  Monitoring Progress | Reviewing for Improvement | Information Unavailable

Homelessness can be caused by poverty, unemployment, home foreclosures, divorce, disability, abuse, addiction, mental illness, and other factors. Individuals without homes experience harsh conditions and many homeless individuals have little hope to obtain treatment, counseling, or achieving long-term self-sufficiency.  This indicator assesses the number of unsheltered homeless individuals in the City of Fort Lauderdale

The Broward County data used for this indicator includes only Fort Lauderdale, unsheltered, homeless individuals. The number is based on a Broward County’s Point-in-Time (PIT) count, a statistically reliable count of people experiencing homelessness during a 24-hour period. Normally the count takes place in  January. In 2021 however the count was postponed until March  to ensure the safety of the Surveyors and participants. Instead of volunteers, a trained team of surveyors and experienced homeless outreach workers conducted the count.    

The five-year target remains at 250 as per the previous strategic plan, Press Play Fort Lauderdale 2018.

Supporting the City’s homeless is a primary focus for the City of Fort Lauderdale.

The Community Court Program continued to respond to the needs of neighbors experiencing homelessness. Through collaborative partnerships, the 17th Judicial Circuit Community Court overcame the challenges of COVID-19 and resiliently served homeless neighbors in need throughout the pandemic. In September 2020, Community Court began hosting the program virtually in an open-air venue at Holiday Park and provided access to COVID-19 testing for participants. In January 2021, the City transitioned to host Community Court virtually from the City Hall Commission Chambers. Then in July 2021, Community Court returned to predominantly face-to-face service. During this transition period, safety remained a top priority for participants; however, the challenges of COVID-19 safety guidelines, such as social distancing and restricted services impacted the program’s ability to host as many clients as desired. In FY 2021, the Broward County Clerk of Courts reported 58 cases filed through the Community Court and the Community Court Program served approximately another 137 walk-in clients, provided about 670 onsite goods and services, including meals, haircuts, hygiene kits, clothing, bus passes, masks, and other items. In addition to the needed onsite services, approximately 291 referrals to community services and treatment providers, such as mental health, housing, substance abuse, employment, and skills training were provided to those seeking assistance. 

Beginning in March and ending in October 2021, individuals and families benefitted from the City’s Non-Congregate Shelter program. The City of Fort Lauderdale launched the Non-Congregate Shelter Program with support from the Florida Department of Health in Broward County and a Subaward Agreement between Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale  in March 2021. The program offered the City’s unsheltered homeless population limited hotel vouchers and assistance. The program served 151 participants where 35% transitioned into placements, such as reunification, transition to permanent or transitional housing, or Broward County shelter.  In addition to temporary shelter, the City partnered with The Salvation Army and 5100 Restaurant to provide food services, serving 32,972 meals. Security services were also instituted  to ensure the safety and supervision of program participants and staff. The participants received intensive case management, with 1,415 case management meetings,  with wraparound supportive services including weekly COVID-19 testing’s, health checks and vaccinations from The COVID Collaborative, which is operated by Broward Partnership.

The Police Department’s Homeless Outreach Unit’s Reunification Program assisted 29 individuals and three families to return to their relatives outside the City. The FLPD Homeless Outreach Officers, in conjunction with the Task Force for Ending Homelessness, made a total of 9,056 contacts resulting in an additional 1,333 placements in 2021. 


Broward County Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless: https://www.broward.org/Homele...

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.fortlauderdale.gov

Office of Management and Budget
Division of Structural Innovation
Contact: [email protected]

City of Fort Lauderdale
100 North Andrews Avenue | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
www.fortlauderdale.gov

Office of Management and Budget
Division of Structural Innovation
Contact: [email protected]