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What is Emergency Basic Needs Assistance?

Emergency Basic Needs Assistance provides emergency financial services such as rental, utility, transportation, or food assistance to help Broward County individuals and families in crisis meet their basic needs and receive navigation to other resources for long term stability. 

How do I qualify for the program?

The following criteria must be met to be considered for financial assistance to meet emergent needs.

  • Participant(s) MUST reside in Broward County. Proof (i.e. utility bill in participant’s name, phone bill and rental leasing, etc.) of residency must be submitted with the application.
  • Participant(s) are low income, at or below 185% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Participant MUST show PROOF of Household Income (i.e. copy of WIC, Medicaid, unemployment check stubs, employment or charity care card).
  • Participant(s) can demonstrate an emergency need in the scope of service. Participant(s) must provide statement of reasons for assistance.
  • Participant(s) are an individual (with or without children) or family with children 0-18 years old or up to 21 years old, if still in school.
  • Participant(s) are not receiving financial services from another organization.

What services are offered for the participant?

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County seeks to provide emergency financial services in a one-stop process that helps individuals and families in crisis to meet their emergency and receive navigation to other resources for longer term stability. Requests will be accepted and provided short-term assistance at least one time, but up to three times, if deemed necessary, in a 12 month period.

Efforts will be made to meet the emergent need within 48 hours of receiving the application with appropriate documentation. A grocery gift card/grocery bag will be provided. When gift card is not appropriate, checks will be made out to the vendor for one-time basic needs.

  • Basic Needs Crisis Funds Distribution: including grocery gift cards/grocery bags; funds for rent or utilities to avoid interruption of services; bus passes to medical or social service appointments, employment, school, when no other means of transportation is available.
  • Navigation and Follow-up: The Basic Needs Navigator will provide direct linkage and/referrals to other needed services for any client who does not have an ongoing case manager.

* Due to limitations of funds, applications will be considered case by case. Incomplete applications will not be approved.

For more information, please contact:

Natasha McFarquhar

(954) 765-0550 |ebn@hmhbbroward.org