Broward County is only $11.8 million a year away from knocking out the homeless problem.
That’s the assessment of public officials and advocates serving on Broward County’s Homeless Continuum of Care, which coordinates spending on homeless services here. The board will be making requests for the money soon, seeking half from the county, half from the 31 cities.
With that new money, the county could reach “functional zero,” homeless advocates say. That’s when every veteran, family or chronically homeless person can be helped off the streets or out of a shelter within 30 to 90 days.
“Yes, we still will see people who are homeless,” said Michael Wright, the county’s Homeless Initiative Partnership administrator. “But the Continuum will have solutions to assist every person willing to engage, with housing opportunities.”