Do Not Punish the Poor.
Residents and Advocates: Please call the Ft. Lauderdale Commission office and tell Mayor Trantalis to make good on his commitment to providing a safe housing option for those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Keep the hotels open, work with housing advocates and other municipalities to not just place more people in shelters facing COVID outbreaks, but in rapid rehousing.
Please call 954-828-5004 and tell the Mayor and the commission to work towards a sustainable solution, not a temporary one.
While the City of Fort Lauderdale is one of the only municipalities in Broward to fund temporary housing options for those experiencing homelessness, the City made a commitment during the May 5th commission meeting to keep those experiencing homelessness off of the street and out of crowded shelters. In the last few weeks, the City has removed homeless residents from surrounding hotels and placed them in shelters that have documented cased of COVID-19 outbreaks. In addition, the City and the commission made a commitment to do all it could to find long term housing for those experiencing homelessness. It seems the City has stopped trying and instead passed the baton to Broward County.
Broward County and the City of Fort Lauderdale must work together to identify low income housing for all. Mayor Trantalis made a commitment. The time to show why the people of Ft. Lauderdale elected you is now... when the going gets tough. It is not the time to drop the ball. We live in a region that is cost burdened making times like these even harder for those doing their best to make a dollar out of 0.15 cents.
Please call 954-828-5004 and tell the Mayor and the commission to work towards a sustainable solution, not a temporary one or the homeless population will only grow in Fort Lauderdale.