9 Family Connection

This is how you can help Central Floridians stay in their homes

ORLANDO, Fla. — There are many families struggling in our community and if you are able to help, we invite you to join WFTV 9 Family Connection and our partners for “Community Strong” as we team up with local United Way agencies to help our neighbors, friends, co-workers and even strangers who have lost their jobs, stay in their homes. We have partnered with the United Way and their ALICE Recovery Fund which helps families with rent, mortgage and utilities.

100% of donations will be invested in the ALICE Recovery Fund to keep families facing the economic consequences of COVID-19 from becoming homeless.


- Housing is by far families’ greatest expense and in Central Florida housing costs are disproportionately high. The ALICE Recovery Fund was established to help families remain stably housed by providing support with rent, mortgage or utility assistance.

- Clients must demonstrate financial need by presenting documentation including but not limited to bank statements, pay stubs, rent agreements, utility bills, etc.

- For those seeking assistance, visit www.HFUW.org/virus to complete a request for assistance

or call 2-1-1.


To give today: CALL 2-1-1, TEXT “WFTV” to 91999

United Way agencies across Central Florida are helping residents and you can support it by clicking on the county below that you would like to donate to:

Heart of Florida United Way https://app.mobilecause.com/form/tvxs6A?vid=7yltn

United Way of Central Florida https://www.givecf.org/united-community-relief-fund

United Way of Lake & Sumter Counties https://www.uwls.org/covid-19-coronovirus-updates

United Way of Brevard https://app.mobilecause.com/f/2q1i/n?vid=6z1g0

United Way of Marion County https://www.uwmc.org/Covid-19

United Way of Volusia Flagler https://www.unitedwayvfc.org/

What does ALICE mean?

ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed)

  • Nearly half of Central Floridians were ALICE – or Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed – prior to the COVID-19 crisis.
  • According to the ALICE Report, more than 350,000 households in Central Florida are working hard, oftentimes multiple jobs, but are still barely able to cover basic needs.
  • ALICE families are working hard to survive, but one financial emergency away from being sent into a financial tailspin. That emergency is here, and it’s COVID-19.
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