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Homeless Gateway

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department recognizes that the plight of the homeless is one of the nation's most visible social problems, generating widespread calls for governmental intervention.

It is also recognized that law enforcement faces the difficult challenge of meeting the expectations and often conflicting demands of the political, business and community leaders, advocates for the homeless, social service providers and the homeless population.

It is clear that law enforcement agencies must provide for the safety and integrity of the residential and business communities while protecting the rights, dignity and property of the homeless population.

The Fort Lauderdale Police Department Model for police response to homelessness is based on the understanding that the homeless are not "problem people" but rather "people with problems."

The following links will take you to docments related to homelessness in Fort Lauderdale:

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