The New Face of Homelessness

ORCO_HOMELESS_COMMISSIONPhoto & video courtesy of the Rethink Homelessness Campaign

The face of homelessness has changed. In fact, women and children make up the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. According to the Heart of Florida United Way, Central Florida alone, has nearly 6,000 homeless children, including more than 3,000 in Orange County and nearly 1,500 each in Seminole and Osceola counties.

In the accompanying video you will meet Shannon, she and her 4 children are homeless. By sharing Shannon’s story we hope to change your perception of homelessness, since homelessness can happen to anyone. As Shannon mentions, “…being homeless is very hard and you can’t always help it.”

Here, at Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida we see stories like hers every day. The Coalition’s mission is to transform the lives of homeless men, women, and children by providing crucial services to end their crisis of homelessness. Transforming lives is what we care about and work towards each day.

Visit to see how you can help transform the lives of others like Shannon and her family.