Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp. known at Pathlight HOME was incorporated in 1992 to provide affordable housing and economic opportunities for low income persons and especially the homeless in Central Florida. Pathlight HOME has been providing affordable housing in Central Florida since 1996 and has grown from its initial 75 units to over 525 units in our community providing permanent housing for the homeless.
“Home is the nicest word there is.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder
Did you know? There are approximately 57,000 people experiencing homelessness in Central Florida. Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp (Grand Ave) was founded to address the needs of this underserved group of people in our community.
Affordable, Permanent Housing
Permanent Housing costs an average of $5,500 annually to provide a decent living space.
Transitional Housing costs an average of $21,000 annually to provide a decent living space.
Crisis Housing (mental health housing, jail etc.) costs an average of $125,000 annually to provide a bed.
Before 1996 there was no permanent housing for the homeless, particularly single individuals, with serious mental illness, substance abuse disorders and/or disabilities in Central Florida. We believe in the housing first model which moves individuals experiencing homelessness directly from the streets and into their own housing. Because we believe in this proven model, we work hard to provide people with affordable housing so they can begin to address other important needs. Currently, Grand Avenue provides over 560 units of permanent housing to this vastly underserved population in Central Florida.
With our current initiative, Pathlight HOME, we are also working hard to increase the level of supportive services available to the needy in our community. At this time, we are partnering with several other organizations to provide the support our residents need in order to achieve greater stability and increased self-sufficiency.