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Pathlight HOME is Central Florida's FIRST and LARGEST provider of permanent housing for homeless men and women. Through our proven Housing First model, Supportive Housing Programs, affordable housing complexes, and Social Enterprises, Pathlight HOME is changing the lives of homeless and low-income individuals in our community.
Originally incorporated in 1992 as Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp., Pathlight HOME is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. During our 25+ years, Pathlight HOME has helped more than 5,000 of Central Florida's homeless neighbors improve their lives through the "Housing First" model. Housing First is an approach based on the concept that a homeless individual or household's first and primary need is to obtain stable housing. Other issues that may affect the household can and should be addressed once housing is obtained.
Pathlight HOME currently provides more than 600 formerly homeless residents with permanent housing and supportive services through two apartment complexes in Orlando - Maxwell Terrace Apartments and Maxwell Garden Apartments – as well as three supportive services programs for adults who were chronically homeless and now live in our permanent housing.
Our three supportive service programs for chronically homeless men and women are Restore, Homes for New Beginnings, and Safe Haven. These programs include case management with budgeting and goal setting, assistance with support services such as transportation (including bus passes!), and access to mental health and addiction programs. Those in our Safe Haven and Restore programs also receive food and laundry assistance.
Once a homeless person finds a place to stay, most want to find a job and support themselves. Work provides them with a routine, a sense of purpose, dignity and added income. Some, however, have to first overcome barriers to employment and enhance skillsets necessary to earn higher wages.
Pathlight HOME's Social Enterprise Programs - Pathlight Kitchen with its Culinary Training Program and Sobik's Café - were developed to do just that. Any money made from these programs through kitchen rentals, catering or the sale of food at Sobik's Subs, etc., is reinvested into Pathlight HOME.
Pathlight HOME is the long-time leader in establishing affordable solutions for homeless men and women in Central Florida. With our proven track record of responsible public funding asset management, our unique population specific expertise, and YOUR support and involvement, Pathlight HOME is prepared to extend the life of its existing units for the foreseeable future.
Even so, too many Central Floridians experience homelessness; and housing affordability for the area's low-income renters is a deepening fiscal crisis. Both the private and public sectors MUST put in place a well-funded plan to increase the number of affordable units. Pathlight HOME is willing to do our part and needs more support from the private, corporate and philanthropic community to reach our goal. YOU help us make the difference!