About Us

How was Broward Housing Solutions® founded?

Broward Housing Solutions® was established in 1993 after a task force that included representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families identified the critical need of affordable housing services for the low income residents in Broward County, FL struggling with mental illnesses.

Referrals

How do I get referred to Broward Housing Solutions®?

Eligible clients must have a case manager who, after an assessment and determination of eligibility refers you to Broward Housing Solutions®. Partnerships and referrals are provided by community mental health providers with whom we are partnered:  Archways, Broward County Elderly and Veterans Services, Henderson Behavioral Health, Chrysalis, and SOS Children’s Village.

Programs

What is “Affordable Housing Solutions”?

Affordable Housing is the base concept of what Broward Housing Solutions® does, and it applies to each of our other programs (other programs just have additional qualification criteria). Our tenants are low-income or homeless individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. They are charged 30% of their monthly income for rent so the remainder of their income can be used to for other basic needs; Broward Housing Solutions® pays the other 70% through subsidies.

What is “Broward II”?

“Broward II” is a US Department of Housing and Urban Development funded program which provides homeless clients and their families an opportunity to rent an apartment anywhere in Broward County at only 30% of their monthly income. Clients do not need to receive case management prior to being enrolled into the program, it will be provided once enrolled.

What is “Broward III”?

“Broward III” is a US Department of Housing and Urban Development funded program which provides chronically homeless clients and their families an opportunity to rent an apartment anywhere in Broward County at only 30% of their monthly income. Clients do not need to receive case management prior to being enrolled into the program, it will be provided once enrolled.

What is “Home for the Brave”?

“Home for the Brave” is a rental subsidy program that was created to aid and prevent veterans with severe cases of mental illness such as, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and depression, from becoming homeless.

What is “Youth Solutions”?

“Youth Solutions” is a program that provides subsidiary aid to young adults aging out of foster care to prevent them from becoming homeless.

What is “Samaritan”?

“Samaritan” is a Broward County funded program that serves chronically homeless single individuals. Candidates must be placed on the list by a case manager from an approved mental health agency. Candidates must also be willing to take a roommate in a two-bedroom apartment.

Qualifications

“Affordable Housing Solutions”

a) What is Severe and Persistent Mental Illness or SPMI? Severe and Persistent Mental Illness or SPMI is comprised of individuals suffering from severe cases of Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar disorders, and Major Depression. Each client must be diagnosed with a mental illness for us to serve them.

b) Do I have to be homeless or have extremely-low/low income? Yes, in order to receive subsidiary aid from Broward Housing Solutions® you need to be/have been homeless and have some form of income.

c) How does Broward Housing Solutions® classify homeless? Broward Housing Solutions® defines homelessness, in accordance with US Department of Housing and Urban Development, as; – Homeless: Any individual that stayed in location that is non-inhabitable by a human such as a shelter, transient house, their car, and/or on the street, to include victims of domestic violence. – Chronically homeless: Over a 3 year period any individual that stayed in location that is non-inhabitable by a human such as a shelter, transient house, their car, and/or on the street, to include victims of domestic violence, on at least 4 occasions and/or 365 consecutive days.

d) What can my max income be to classify as extremely-low/low income? According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the yearly total income for a single person cannot exceed $38,150 in order to be classified as low income.

“Broward II”

a) What is the eligibility criteria for Broward II? Broward II Clients must be diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and must provide documentation of the diagnosis upon intake. Additionally, clients must meet the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of homelessness and provide verification of homelessness from a recognized Continuum of Care organization/agency.

b) Where will I be living once enrolled in the program? Under Broward II clients and their families will be placed in single/multi-family rental units anywhere within Broward County through a third party landlord.

c) Do I need case management prior receiving aid? No, for the Broward II program you do not need a case management referral. You will receive case management once enrolled into the program.

“Broward III”

a) How is the eligibility criteria for Broward III different from Broward II? Broward III Clients must meet the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s definition of chronicallyhomeless and provide verification of homelessness from a recognized Continuum of Care organization/agency.  Clients must still also be diagnosed with a severe and persistent mental illness and must provide documentation of the diagnosis upon intake.

b) Where will I be living once enrolled in the program? Under Broward III clients and their families will be placed in single/multi-family rental units anywhere within Broward County through a third party landlord.

c) Do I need case management prior receiving aid? No, for the Broward III program you do not need a case management referral.  You will need to be registered. You will receive case management from Henderson Behavioral Health once enrolled into the program.

“Home for the Brave”

a) Do I have to be a veteran of the U.S Armed Forces? Yes, and you must have a copy of your DD214 showing an Honorable or General discharge.

b) Does the era of my service matter? No, Broward Housing Solutions® serves all veterans no matter when they served.

“Youth Solutions”

a) Do I need to have been in the foster care system? Yes, mentally ill young adults in danger of becoming homeless after exiting the foster system are eligible to enter the “Youth Solutions” program.

b) Does “Youth Solutions” have an age limit? Yes, “Youth Solutions” has age limits and they are 18-23.

“Samaritan”

a) What is the eligibility criteria for Samaritan? To be eligible for Samaritan, you must be chronically homeless before moving into a Broward Housing Solutions® owned rental unit.

b) Do I need case management prior receiving housing? Yes, every Samaritan client must have case management in order to be referred to the program.

Funding/Volunteering

Who funds Broward Housing Solutions®?

Funding is mainly provided through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development; however, Broward Housing Solutions® is also privately funded by charities and individuals sympathetic to our mission.

How do I volunteer for Broward Housing Solutions®?

If you would like to volunteer for one of our next events, please contact us.

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