What is Family Promise of Greater Orlando?
Family Promise of Greater Orlando (FPGO) is a nonprofit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality, and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. Family Promise provides these services through the participation of local congregations, dedicated staff, and hundreds of volunteers.
Donate your used home and garden items on or before July 10th for the Community Yard Sale held at Insp!re Church – one of the Family Promise host churches. Proceeds will benefit our agency! For more information, please call Denise Badger: 407-415-6218 or email her: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The solution to homelessness is housing first. This profound but simple reality is finally gaining acceptance among homeless service providers in Central Florida.
Why? Has there been a sudden epiphany? Was there a dramatic realization among “experts” on the issue of homelessness that tough love, treatment first and transitional housing programs don’t really solve the homeless problem? Has their collective moral conscience been born again? No. Nothing so dramatic or spiritual.
As the Commission on Homelessness begins its push to help homeless veterans, we need your help! The ultimate goal is to place veterans in “housing first” and then begin the rehabilitative process. Can you help? Join the “Surge” to help house homeless veterans in Central Florida.
Training for the “Surge” count will take place the week of July 13th. Volunteer assignments, including days and locations, will be assigned during training sessions. You must attend one of the training sessions listed below to participate. Please go to www.rethinkhomelessness.org to sign up.
Facing a Dec. 31 deadline to end veteran homelessness, the Orlando VA is joining forces with community agencies to find, interview and house every soldier still living on the streets of Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.
The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness will lead the effort, which officially kicks off Tuesday.
Mayor Teresa Jacobs, in her State of the County address this month, rolled out the new INVEST in Our Home for Life program that will spend more than $300 million on infrastructure and public projects in Orange County for the sake of future generations.
The mayor stated that “to build a vibrant economy, where creativity, innovation and opportunity will flourish, we need to invest now.” My hope is that Jacobs and the Board of County Commissioners will include the Bithlo community in this initiative, because any investment in Orange County would be incomplete without addressing affordable housing and basic infrastructure in Bithlo.
Faced with losing millions of dollars in federal funding, many of the region’s homeless organizations are scrambling to change the way they do business.
Big temporary-housing facilities — including the 1-year-old $6.6 million men’s shelter at Orlando’s Coalition for the Homeless — may need to find new uses or risk closing their doors as the government’s emphasis shifts to permanent housing.