The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness in Central Florida – making homelessness for our neighbors rare, brief, and a one-time event.
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CFCH Digital Stories
We tell the stories of our neighbors experiencing homelessness through text and video. Learn more about their experiences by reading stories and watching videos about them below.
Stories of our Neighbors – Text
Through text, we tell the powerful stories of our neighbors. Learn more about them by reading their stories below.
"I’m normal again." Cheryl was living on the streets and staying in an abandoned building in Kissimmee. She was addicted to drugs, and her health was fading. She has cirrhosis of the liver, and after going to the doctor for treatment, she learned that she also has...
Stories of our Neighbors – Video
Video is one of the most powerful mediums we have to tell stories. Watch the impactful stories of our neighbors below.
At our last Point-in-Time (PIT) Count conducted in January 2018, we counted 2,053 INDIVIDUALS who were literally homeless or were precariously-housed in Central Florida (Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties). Although this number is just a snapshot and varies as people come and go, it still speaks volumes to the work our community has to do.
During the 2017-2018 school year 9,758 SCHOOL CHILDREN were experiencing literal homelessness or were precariously-housed. This directly impacts families and illustrates the significant need to support stable housing for all families.
The first-ever Tri-County Youth Count conducted in October 2017 in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties found 268 unaccompanied YOUTH ages 13-24 on a single night who were experiencing literal homelessness or were unstably-housed. This number, on a single night, represents a significant challenge for our community, and we must work together to provide a coordinated system of care for our region’s most vulnerable young people.