OPERATION LIFT HOPE: HARNESSING THE BRIGHTEST MINDS AND HEARTS TO END HOMELESSNESS
Operation Lift HOPE is a dynamic effort within our community uniting leaders from Fort Lauderdale business, government, faith based institutions and social agencies in an initiative to transform the face of homelessness in Fort Lauderdale. By leveraging our diverse experience, we’re lifting hope for families, veterans and individuals who are encountering homelessness…creating a stronger, more caring community.
The Need Has Never Been Greater.
As the largest of Broward County’s 31 municipalities and the 8th largest city in Florida, Fort Lauderdale continues to make inspiring strides in economic health and quality of life. But for many veterans and families with children are still struggling to survive.
Fort Lauderdale has the highest homeless population in Broward County.
- On any given day, hundreds of homeless veterans, families and individuals call the city streets of Fort Lauderdale home.
- On any given night, there are almost 3,000 homeless men, women, and children in Broward County – and 54% of them reported that Ft. Lauderdale was the city where they slept the previous night.
Inspiring Immediate Results. Lasting Solutions.
There’s an inspiring movement that’s been growing steadily in our city, representing monumental change in the landscape of services for those who experience homelessness. While few may have noticed the difference today, many will see the tangible progress tomorrow.
Our Community Effort.
- Engage – Serve the homeless in their time of need
- Empower – Stabilize housing and provide supportive services
- Educate – Develop skills necessary for living and succeeding
- Employ – Improve income opportunities and facilitate career advancement
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IT BEGAN AS A SIMPLE CONVERSATION…
…with a few Navy Seals military officers. These conversations about community, veteran service and homelessness evolved into a movement throughout the City of Fort Lauderdale − to end veteran and family homelessness in our community.
Remember when you were growing up and your neighborhood was part of your extended family? You knew all the kids on the block and everyone pulled together when there was a time of need. The homeless issue for Veterans and families with small children is one of those times.
Here’s a troubling statistic.
18% of those who call the streets of Fort Lauderdale their home are veterans. It is inexcusable that we can send our fellow citizens and treasured family members on dangerous missions to defend and protect us, yet we do not help them when they come home. Almost everyone agrees that we need to do something. When we see a homeless person, we don’t know what to do or how to approach the person. There is a lack of understanding about homelessness, about the efforts in the community to end it and about the ways we can help. For the National Christian Foundation, Rotary Clubs, Chamber of Commerce, Broward Workshop and the neighborhoods surrounding Fort Lauderdale, the time is right to unite and work together to address this issue. The initial geographical focus will be the area from I-95 east to the beach and from 17th Causeway to Commercial Boulevard. This effort will cover the parks, school grounds, neighborhoods and beach areas to identify the number of people who need help.
The plan came from working with the top 25 service providers dealing with the homeless on a daily basis in the downtown corridor. It is painfully apparent that no one agency or individual can solve this issue. It takes all of us. Much is being done for the homeless, but there continues to be a large number of people who cannot get the help they need. This effort is committed to finding the gaps in our system to ensure that there is no one left behind.
Thank you for helping your neighbors and your community.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE
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WE THANK OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS
We deeply appreciate our community partners who cared enough to offer their energy and expertise so that we could advance to where we are today.