Over the weekend our community faced one of the most powerful hurricanes in history and proved once again that we are truly #OrlandoStrong.

With Hurricane Irma’s path projected to overcome our state, homeless services providers in Orlando immediately went to work with the City of Orlando and Orange County governments to ensure that our unsheltered neighbors would have a safe place to weather the storm.

Three downtown homeless shelters — Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, The Salvation Army, and the Orlando Union Rescue Mission — would be prepared to accept any homeless individuals and families seeking shelter for the duration of the storm. Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCFH), Homeless Services Network, and Central Florida Commission on Homelessness coordinated an outreach effort, with HCCFH’s H.O.P.E Team volunteers and all the agencies hitting the streets with fliers.

By Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of our area’s unsheltered homeless poured into the shelters. “On an average night, the Coalition serves nearly 500 men, women, and children, but by curfew on Sunday, we’d taken in an additional 214 people,” says Tracie Morris, Coalition’s Director of Marketing and Development. “We are incredibly proud of the collaborative effort to get people off the streets and into safety. Our community has made great strides in taking care of our homeless population in recent years, and when we work together like this, anything is possible.”

HOW TO HELP:

  • Monetary Donations. Your gift will make a huge difference as we recover from the storm and continue to help homeless individuals and families in need.
  • Supplies: Due to the additional guests that came to our facility this weekend, we are in need of the following items to restock our supplies as we get back to normal operations.
    • Paper products (cups, plates, napkins)
    • Pillows
    • Blankets
    • Batteries
    • Men’s T-shirts
    • Men’s gym shorts
    • Men’s underwear
    • Men’s deoderant
    • Men’s flip flops

 

DROP OFF LOCATION:

Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm (no appointment needed)

Coalition for the Homeless, 639 West Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL, 32801

READ MORE:

Read more news stories about Hurricane Irma outreach efforts to the homeless in Central Florida.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/weather/hurricane/os-hurricane-irma-orlando-homeless-round-up-20170910-story.html

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/weather/hurricane/os-hurricane-irma-homeless-shelter-orlando-20170907-story.html

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