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Seacoast Donation to Broward Housing Solutions®

PRESS RELEASE  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2017 CONTACT:  Lisa Vecchi / President/CEO   HEADLINE: Seacoast Donation to Broward Housing Solutions® Fort Lauderdale – July 5, 2017 –  BHS® would like to acknowledge Seacoast Bank for the terrific assistance provided when refinancing a few of our properties which translated into a significant savings of…

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Study Finds Mental Health Courts Curb Recidivism

TO THE GREATEST CRIMINAL JUSTICE MENTAL HEALTH COLLABORATIVE ON THE PLANET… Study Finds Mental Health Courts Curb Recidivism “A new study from the Florida Institute of Technology involving mental health courts finds criminal defendants who graduated from mental health court demonstrated substantially reduced re-arrest rates…the clearest indicator yet of the potential for diversionary programs to…

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Broward Housing Solutions® Welcomes our 362nd Resident

Broward Housing Solutions® welcomes our 362nd resident, 41 year old Aaron M. Born in Hollywood, Florida, Aaron, recounts several poor decisions he made which led him on a challenging journey. Homeless since 2015, Aaron was sleeping on the streets, benches or where ever he deemed safe for that night. He did this all while struggling…

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June 29, 2017 We are pleased to announce that Broward Housing Solutions was the beneficiary of a generous donation from BankUnited in honor of their Affordable Housing Programs. Eris Sandler, Broward Market Executive, Market President, and Katrina Wright, VP, Community Development and Outreach at Bank United presented the $5,000 donation check to BHS®’ Lisa Vecchi,…

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Broward’s homeless population jumps 6 percent over previous year

Tweet Original Article Source : By: Mike ClaryContact Reporter Sun Sentinel The number of homeless people living in shelters and on the streets of Broward County has grown by 6 percent over the past year, and more than half of the 2,450 individuals counted said they had spent the previous night in the city of Fort…

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Broward says arresting homeless people won’t solve problem

Broward’s cities need to rethink laws aimed at homeless people’s behavior and focus on helping them rather than sending them to jail, commissioners said Tuesday.
Arresting people for loitering, panhandling or sleeping on public property isn’t helping the county’s homeless, they said.
Commissioners want the focus to be on housing the homeless and getting them the mental health and social services they need to keep them off the streets.

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Doctors could prescribe houses to the homeless under radical Hawaii bill

Newly introduced bill would classify homelessness as a medical condition, as research suggests healthcare spending falls when people have been housed.
A groundbreaking new proposal in Hawaii; Instead of prescribing medication to homeless patients, what if doctors could prescribe something else that might ameliorate their health problems more effectively? The prescription would be housing.

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Human Trafficking’s High Toll on Homeless Youth

In North America, nearly one-fifth of homeless youth are victims of human trafficking. The trafficking of young adults isn’t only a problem in developing nations. Of 911 homeless young adults interviewed between February 2014 and March 2017, about 20 percent reported being trafficked for sex, labor or both. The majority, 15 percent, were trafficked for sex, 7.4 percent were trafficked for labor, and 3 percent were trafficked for both.

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Homeless veterans decrease

Broward numbers need to improve, official says Original Article: By Larry Barszewski Staff writer The odds were daunting and the challenge stiff. Broward County in 2014 joined a national campaign to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2016. But to nobody’s surprise, that didn’t happen. That doesn’t mean it failed, advocates say. “We probably…

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