BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward Commissioner Nan Rich has been elected to serve as the new Chair of the Broward Homeless Continuum of Care (CoC) Board. The twenty-one-member Board works to end homelessness through a “housing first/rapid re-housing” approach. The goal is to provide housing and related public assistance to people in Broward County who do not have a permanent home or place of safety to reside. The 2018 Point in Time survey identified 2,318 people experiencing homelessness in Broward County.
The CoC Board is a collaborative network of community stakeholders that includes housing providers, community advocates, local elected officials, law enforcement and members of the business community. The Board addresses all aspects of homelessness including prevention, outreach, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent affordable housing, and supportive services. The Broward County CoC is the lead agency that coordinates and distributes funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to Broward’s 16 entitlement cities, including Broward County.
Two new members representing the business community have joined the CoC Board. J. David Armstrong, Jr., representing the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance, is President Emeritus of Broward College and most recently served as the sixth president of Broward College from June 2007 to June 2018. Steve Hudson, representing the Broward Workshop, serves as the current CEO of Hudson Capital Group, a real estate development corporation. Mr. Hudson was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale and has been actively involved in community service and numerous philanthropic organizations.
Commissioner Rich was first elected to the State Senate in 2004 after serving 2 terms in the House of Representatives. She was elected to serve as the Broward County District 1 Commissioner in November of 2016 and is an outspoken advocate for affordable housing and homelessness. During her legislative service, Senator Rich became widely recognized as one of Florida’s leading champions of social justice issues - protecting the welfare of children, seniors, and the disabled; and fighting to preserve civil and individual rights.
Additional information on the Broward Continuum of Care Board can be found here.