It was amazing to see the report recently showing that homelessness has been reduced in Central Florida by almost 25 percent during the past year. I first visited Central Florida in 2013 in my role as the head of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
I was here to challenge and inspire this community to be part of the national movement to end homelessness. While progress had been occurring in many parts of the country, there was little notable progress in this community. In fact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the USICH were releasing, concurrent with my visit, a report that ranked Central Florida No. 1 on chronic homelessness in the United States for like-sized cities, and in the top four in every category of homelessness we measured.