National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Day

Rethink Homelessness on November 15, 2016

Yesterday I had the distinct pleasure of standing before the Orlando City Council on behalf of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, along with other partner organizations who work tirelessly to help those in critical need of food and shelter each and every day. We were all issued a proclamation recognizing our work on National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Day, recognized on November 16th (and we hope you’ll join us in wearing purple, the official color of the day!).

We couldn’t thank the City enough for their support and for strongly getting behind this critical issue in our community.

Last year, together, we were successful in generating greater awareness about the issue; getting veterans into permanent housing; and bringing together government, business and nonprofits alike to collaborate on this issue. So what’s next?

I’d like to invite you to share your voice and talk with us about where our focus should be next in our communities. Please join us this Thursday, Nov. 17 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Orlando (106 E. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801) and tell us what we can do to take the critically important issue of homelessness to the next level. 

How do we continue Central Florida’s momentum on homelessness?

What are the next steps in getting more of those experiencing homelessness off the streets and into homes?

What can we do to make in a difference in 2017 and beyond?

This will be an important time where we continue our community collaboration and discuss new ways to partner to help those in need; and your voice is important to us.

Shelley Lauten is the CEO of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness.

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