How We Help
frequently asked questions.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN CONTRIBUTORS TO HOMELESSNESS?
- Loss of income, low wages or unemployment:Any disruption for low-income families - unexpected illness and medical expenses, unemployment, divorce, loss of transportation, etc. - can create a financial crisis that results in loss of housing for these families.
- Lack of affordable housing:A primary contributor to homelessness is a lack of rental housing that very low-income people can afford. In Orlando, service industry employment accounts for about 40% of jobs, with wages in the neighborhood of $9 per hour with limited benefits. The average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Orlando requires an hourly wage of over $18.00 – making the ability for a couple to afford it almost impossible, even with both working 40 hours per week at $9 per hour.
- Domestic violence:Victims of domestic violence flee their homes, sometimes with only the clothes on their backs.
- Drug/alcohol addiction or mental illness: Addictions and mental illness have a larger impact on the chronic homeless male population than on women and families.
WHO ARE THE HOMELESS?
- Single homeless men make up 37% of the homeless population served by the Coalition nightly. Many of the chronically homeless men at the Coalition work every day and rely on the Coalition for shelter because they cannot afford housing.
- Women, children and families make up 63%of the Coalition’s residents on an average night. Throughout the nation, the fastest growing segment of the homeless population is families with children.
- The Coalition serves nearly 200 children with their families each night. The average age of the children at the Coalition is eight years old.
WHAT’S THE MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTION ABOUT HOMELESSNESS?
- Some people believe that homelessness is a “lifestyle choice” and that homeless shelters are a revolving door providing just a meal and a place to sleep for chronically homeless men.
WHAT’S THE REALITY?
- Homelessness is a condition that is the result of other problems. The Coalition provides a broad range of services to help deal with the root causes of homelessness, including job training and educational programs, psychological counseling for families and children, a licensed daycare for young children, community housing rental support, and a residential substance abuse program designed specifically for the homeless.