Orange County Government, Florida
Andrae Baily, CEO/President of CFCH
(407) 456-0605 or Andrae@impacthomelessness.org

Carrie Proudfit, Public Information Officer, Orange County
(407) 836-5429 or Carrie.Proudfit@ocfl.net
28 October 2015
Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to Release Full Report on Family Homelessness in Central Florida

WHAT: On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs will lead members of the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CFCH) and community leaders from throughout the region to Salt Lake City, Utah for a fact-finding mission about Salt Lake’s unique approach to impacting family homelessness. Mayor Jacobs will launch the trip with a press conference to release the full report on family homelessness, commissioned by Orange County. The report, titled, “The Current State of Family Homelessness in Central Florida” includes new data on family homelessness in Central Florida, as well as the local housing market.

Later today, the Family Homelessness Committee of the CFCH will host a special workshop. The workshop will feature Barbara Poppe, a nationally-recognized expert on homelessness; Poppe is the former executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the primary researcher and author of “The Current State of Family Homelessness in Central Florida.”

The Family Homelessness Committee of the CFCH was established by Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs in November 2014. Dick Batchelor was appointed to lead the Family Homelessness Committee, which has held numerous public meetings and hearings, including a presentation from Lloyd Pendleton, Director of The State of Utah's Homeless Task Force and numerous other experts.

WHEN: Press Conference & Report Release: Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 10:30 a.m.
Workshop: Tuesday, Oct. 27 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Press Conference: Orange County Admin Bldg., 1st Fl, Room 105
201 S. Rosalind Ave. Orlando, FL 32801
Workshop: CNL DaVinci Center Tower II (8th floor), 420 South Orange Ave., FL 32801

WHO: Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, CFCH Co-Chair
Dick Batchelor, Family Homeless Committee Chair
Barbara Poppe, Former Exec. Director of U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness
Andrae Bailey, CEO/President of CFCH
Members of the CFCH and Family Homelessness Committee

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness was established as a nonprofit organization committed to eradicating homelessness in Central Florida. Through research, strategic policy development, collaborative leadership engagement, and high-impact grassroots campaigns, the Commission has made significant headway in informing our community about the issues facing the homeless, and inspiring them to take action. On a concrete level, the Commission coordinates nonprofits, faith- based institutions, philanthropic initiatives, private sector businesses, and other charitable and community organizations to impact homelessness in the Orange, Osceola, and Seminole county area. www.RethinkHomelessness.org

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