Broward House was founded in 1988 by a few concerned citizens, lead by Susan Telli, with a desire to ensure those with HIV/AIDS received compassionate care. Initially Broward House developed a 52-bed home for individuals who were in need of housing and assisted living services. Companionship, support groups, and social interaction assisted residents in addressing stigma. The value of this grassroots beginning continues to drive the core of Broward House’s delivery of services as the agency has grown to meet the needs of individuals infected or affected by HIV living in Broward County.
Broward House’s mission is to improve lives in a loving, caring atmosphere while maintaining the highest level of fiscal responsibility. The agency serves a diverse population which mirrors the diversity of Broward County and those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. The agency embraces a responsibility to be a leader in the community. This leadership is actualized through prevention, education, and service in order to reduce the number of individuals becoming infected by HIV, increasing the number of HIV+ individuals receiving care, supporting needed services, and reducing stigma in our community. While Broward House began its mission by providing housing, and it remains a core component of services, it is realized that individuals require an array of support services for true healing to occur. It is this philosophy that has led to the expansion of services in prevention, education, case management, mental health, substance abuse treatment, transportation, and collaborative medical care, which are provided regardless of the individual’s financial status.
Broward House acknowledges individuals are more willing to accept services in an environment in which they feel safe and where a variety of needs are met. While all services are delivered with a client centered perspective, Broward House demonstrates a value for administrative efficiencies and effective systems. This value is vital as Broward House typically operates approximately 37 different contracts, falling in 7 different fiscal years.