MISSION STATEMENT: To provide quality, permanent and affordable housing opportunities to meet the needs of lower income or homeless people with disabilities who also have mental illness.
VISION STATEMENT: “Build a compassionate community where all low-income people with mental illness have a permanent and safe home”.
CORE VALUES: STABILITY — DIGNITY — HOPE
Broward County Community Development Corporation, Inc. d/b/a Broward Housing Solutions® (BHS®), a 501(c)3 non-profit, a Community Housing Development Organization (CHDO), was established in 1993 after a task force that included representatives from the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) identified the critical need of affordable housing services for the low income residents in Broward County struggling with mental illnesses. After 23 years of operation, BHS® remains dedicated to its mission of providing quality housing opportunities to meet the needs of lower income or homeless people with disabilities who also have mental illness.
There are over 27,000 people diagnosed with a form of severe persistent mental illness (SPMI) residing in Broward County, Florida. At BHS®, we have made it our goal to help house as many of these low-income/homeless individuals and their families through our many housing programs. The clients we serve, people with mental illness, often live off of meager Social Security benefits that certainly do not cover the cost of safe and affordable housing.
Broward County’s citizens struggling to maintain their mental health, face a host of challenges, when getting their mental illness under control and maintaining a home on their own. In addition to providing rental subsidies, BHS® collaborates with mental health service providers within Broward County, to maintain case management services. These mental health support services enable our residents to move towards the road of recovery and wellness while residing safely and permanently within our affordable housing programs.
Through this initiative, BHS® is currently serving 323 persons within 151 rental units at 96 properties which are scattered throughout Broward County. These tenants find themselves living with roommates or their families in beautiful 1, 2, or 3 bedroom homes. These affordable rental units are easily accessible to transportation, shopping, employment opportunities, and mental health services.
In conclusion, it is a “win-win”. Mental health consumers win. The community wins.