Looking Back: The start of November marked National Homeless Youth Awareness Month. It’s heartbreaking that each year approximately 2.5 million youth experience homelessness, including thousands in Broward County. Safety and stability are critical for everyone, but especially our youth as they grow and develop. Homeless youth may have lost their homes, friends, communities, and routines, while trying to survive and navigate dangers like violence, trafficking, and substance abuse. Our ONE Broward community can help our youth by donating time and talents to programs that serve homeless youth. If someone you know needs support or resources, the 2-1-1 Broward helpline is available 24/7.

Looking Ahead: Friday, November 11, is Veterans Day, and I want to thank the nearly 127,000 veterans in our ONE Broward community for bravely serving our country. Many of our 31 cities here in Broward are hosting Veterans Day celebrations, ceremonies, 5ks, and more- so be sure to check your city’s website for details. After the celebrations are over, it’s important to remember these brave individuals are heroes year-round. Our veterans and their families have more than earned the right to receive services, benefits, and the quality of life they deserve. In Broward County, assistance is available to veterans at no cost.