Pathlight HOME is Central Florida’s first and largest provider of permanent housing for the homeless. In 25+ years Pathlight HOME has developed over 600 units of housing and served over 5000 individuals experiencing homelessness. Our Housing First philosophy focuses on providing the homeless with a safe, dignified and permanent place to live, then surrounding them with a caring and compassionate team to address chronic mental illness, addiction and challenges arising from disability and employment barriers.
The mission of Pathlight HOME (incorporated in 1992 as Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.) is to change the lives of low income individuals and especially the homeless, by providing affordable housing and economic opportunities. In our 25th year, we continue to be inspired by our founder, Rev. Fred Maxwell, whose vision was to solve homelessness through housing and job opportunities. Rev. Fred Maxwell instinctively believed in “Housing-First,” long before it was adopted by communities around North America as the critical innovation needed to truly end homelessness. Rev. Maxwell’s dream inspired Pathlight HOME’s first and current President, Helaine Blum, as they worked hand in hand to bring that dream into reality. A decade after Rev. Maxwell’s passing, Pathlight HOME has become Central Florida’s largest provider of permanent supportive housing for the homeless. Today, over 600 residents receive safe and dignified housing as they interact with a compassionate team providing housing and services for the homeless and especially those who are chronically homeless.
Pathlight HOME was the first organization in Florida to pioneer the “Housing First” model. Over 5,000 people have found safe, supportive and dignified housing. Going forward, we will continue to leverage our population specific expertise, our successful track record of public funding (Federal, State, County and City), and strong financial position to produce more affordable units for low income persons—including permanent supportive housing for the chronically homeless.
Pathlight HOME’s capacity to serve very-low income individuals and the chronically homeless is critical civic infrastructure. The loss of these units from the existing housing continuum of care would be catastrophic for our community. Thankfully, as a result of sustainable asset management accompanied with professional supportive services, Pathlight HOME is prepared to extend the life of its existing units for the foreseeable future.