It's a word, a sight and a dilemma that can pull at the heartstrings. With approximately 3,000 men, women and children living on the streets of Broward County, does a feeling of empathy lead to action? We've learned that legislation directed at those in need, is not necessarily the best route to take. So, we learn and hope to improve upon those past mistakes. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce is hoping for help, while making a call for change in our community.
Last week, President and CEO Dan Lindblade of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce joined dozens of business leaders in Orlando to map out an ongoing strategy to implement the “United We End Homelessness” initiative in Broward County. As Orlando officials make great strides in a mission to help their homeless population, our local leaders are looking to put a similar plan of action in motion. In this month’s edition of “Go Riverwalk” magazine, Lindblade writes that the “structure is simple: Big Data, Fundraising, Landlord Recruitment, and Employment…We will need to raise a lot of money to fund this program. Some estimate over $20 million annually. That’s no small task. However, raising money for humanitarian aid is something we do best.”
Our mission in Broward County is just getting started, but a successful plan is already taking shape in Central Florida. Over the past year, the Orlando Sentinel has been covering the work being done to help Orlando’s homeless population. As the numbers suggest, progress is being made. Click here to read about recent numbers.
Any help, big or small, can go a long way towards changing people’s lives for the better. If you would like to take part in the “United We End Homelessness” initiative, email Dan Lindblade at firstname.lastname@example.org.