The downtown homeless situation has been an issue both the City and County have been trying to solve. It’s a sensitive issue, trying to improve the lives of the individuals who need assistance as well as trying to keep visitors and residents safe as many feel threatened by them in key downtown locations – especially around Stranahan Park.
There are several plans in place by various homeless organizations to try and address the issue of homelessness in our county (with our veterans, families and run-a-ways), but how do we serve the chronically homeless – those who may not want to be helped? Fort Lauderdale Commissioners have been conflicted about the city’s role, feeling homeless-related issues are throughout Broward and should be dealt with at the county level.
Is this a city issue or a county issue? And can it be solved?