Over the past few years, Central Florida Municipalities and Homeless Service Providers have moved quickly to embrace “Housing-First” as a best practice. The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development shifted its funding to prioritize permanent supportive housing as an essential strategy to end homelessness in all communities across the United States. Pathlight HOME’s extensive experience is now front and center.
Chronically homeless Floridians need a roof over their heads before addressing mental and physical health challenges and addictions. Once a permanent home is provided, Pathlight HOME offers much more than a roof. A dedicated team of case managers, social workers, and property management staff provide compassionate and dignified support services—like assistance to medical care, mental health services, addiction treatment, goal setting, along with recreational and community building activities.
Pathlight HOME provides its more than 600 formerly homeless residents with housing and supportive services through two apartment complexes and three supportive services programs. Maxwell Terrace Apartments, located at 3200 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, Florida has 333 zero bedroom units. Maxwell Garden Apartments, located at 4049 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida has 205 units, 180 which are zero bedroom units and 25 which are traditional single room occupancy units. The rent for each unit includes utilities. All residents have no, extremely low or low income and receive subsidy assistance with the payment of their rent.
Our three supportive service programs include Homes for New Beginnings, Safe Haven and Restore to serve chronically homeless community members. Our programs include case management with budgeting and goal setting, assistance with support services such as transportation (including bus passes) and access to mental health and addiction programs. Persons in our Safe Haven and Restore programs also receive food and laundry assistance.