Homes End Homelessness.

Right now, hundreds of Central Floridians are chronically homeless.

Unable to break the cycle due to serious physical or mental health challenges, they’ve spent years living on the streets. Risking incarceration. Requiring emergency care. This complicated challenge has a simple solution.

Homes End Homelessness.

Right now, hundreds of Central Floridians are chronically homeless.

Unable to break the cycle due to serious physical or mental health challenges, they’ve spent years living on the streets. Risking incarceration. Requiring emergency care. This complicated challenge has a simple solution.

Housing First.

Because it works.

The Housing First model provides a home – and the stability that comes with it – to individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. It has worked around the country. And now, after adapting the strategy to Central Florida, this innovative solution is working in our own community.

  • 2014   introduced Housing First model to Central Florida
  • 339 chronically homeless individuals housed
  • 60% decrease in emergency room visits
  • 85% decrease in criminal justice system
  • 96% remain housed

Meet the people who have reclaimed their lives through Housing First.

How Housing First BREAKS THE CYCLE of homelessness

1

Housing prioritized by those who need it most.


We know the names and stories of all the individuals living on our streets. So we can identify those who are the most vulnerable and provide them with a home first.

2

Services provided through Regional System of Care.


Once stabilized in a home, individuals work with a Case Manager to access mental health, addiction rehabilitation, job placement and other services they need through a Regional System of Care.

The True Cost of Caring

  • Providing services, including emergency health care and criminal justice support, to an individual living on the streets

  • $31,000/ year

vs.

  • Providing housing and connection to services that can stop the cycle for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness

  • $18,000/ year

Learn more about the economic impact of chronic homelessness.

Invest in Housing First.

In Central Florida, we’ve always been a community that takes care of our own. With Housing First, we can take care of individuals experiencing chronic homelessness in a whole new way. A way that’s proven to work. Invest today to help this innovative solution transform our community.

Invest

Every single donation drives our efforts to end chronic homelessness once and for all.

Pledge

An ongoing pledge allows us to get more individuals off the streets for good.

Partnership

Committed partners fuel our progress towards a future without chronic homelessness. For corporate investment and partnership opportunities, please contact Shelley Lauten, Chief Executive Officer at Shelley@CFCHomelessness.org.

  • $50 houses and supports an individual for one day
  • $100 houses and supports two individuals for one day
  • $350 houses and supports an individual for one week
  • $700 houses and supports two individuals for one week
  • $1,500 houses and supports an individual for thirty days

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Investment needed over the next 3 years:

$30 MILLION

($24 Million from government + $6 Million from our community)

  • Houses and supports nearly 1,000 individuals
  • Reduces strain on our emergency rooms
  • Reduces strain on our criminal justice system
  • Saves lives and saves our community money in the long run



The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness is a charitable organization registered under s.496.411(3), F.S. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING 1-800-435-7352 WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. THE REGISTRATION INFORMATION FOR The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness., REGISTRATION #CH43518 CAN BE OBTAINED ON THE WEBSITE FOR THE FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE & CONSUMER SERVICES – www.freshfromflorida.com.