Homelessness, Children and Families

Homelessness in Central Florida

Homelessness is a persistent issue here in District 1, and one we believe needs innovative solutions. Solving homelessness involves more than just providing affordable housing. It also requires providing support and care for the most vulnerable members of our community.

Children and families

The foundations of our community

Children and families lie at the heart of our community. Commissioner Wilson serves on the Children and Families Advisory Board for Orange County, with direct oversight to find innovative ways to support our district’s future generations.

Commissioner Wilson believes those in particular need of support are children and families of minority identities and lower income groups.

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Youth and Family Services Division

Orange County’s Youth and Family Services Division serves on the front lines, supporting the most valuable resources of our community: children and families. Under this division, Orange County offers several essential services including youth shelters, family counseling, and mentoring.

Support and Services

Youth Shelter

Serves youth ages 10 -17 and offers temporary housing,
crisis counseling, individual and family counseling, and
links to community resources for youth and their families.
Youth are referred to the shelter through a variety of
sources including the Department of Children and
Families, Department of Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement,
School System, Truancy Court, and Parents/Guardians.

Family Counseling

Orange County Family Counseling provides
assistance and services for Orange County youth
and families experiencing crisis or difficulties
getting along at home or school

Matthew’s Hope

Matthew’s hope is an independent faith-based organization focused on helping Central Florida’s homeless population. By providing resources for homeless and other individuals in need, Matthew’s Hope is a volunteer based group which is completely funded through donations.

Matthew’s Hope

Matthew’s Hope serves Central Florida’s homeless community by providing resources like food security, haircuts, life and recovery skills, and work opportunities. Matthew’s Hope believes and understands that homelessness impacts individuals differently and that each person requires different levels of support to reach their goals.