Orange County

Orlando Drop-In Center gets makeover to help Central Florida homeless

ORLANDO, Fla. — With rent rising through the roof, Floridians are facing and affordable housing costs, causing more people to become homeless.

This year, more than 6,360 families reported being homeless statewide - a 19% increase from 2021.


“Florida is facing an unprecedented housing market crisis and we are seeing the impact on families who simply can’t afford these record-high costs,” said Jose Garcia, executive director of Rebuilding Together Central Florida. “That’s why we’re stepping up to help, so people in need have an inviting place of refuge, especially during the holidays.”

Earlier this week, Rebuilding Together Central Florida launched a makeover project of Pathways Drop-In Center in Orlando.

Pathways Drop-In Center provides access to meals, showers, laundry, employment programs and more for those experiencing homelessness and living with a mental illness.

“We’re so thankful to the Rebuilding Together Central Florida and Sika teams for taking the time to refresh and bring new life to our Pathways Drop-In Center,” said Babette Allen, president of Pathlight HOME. “This is a great way to care for our underserved neighbors ahead of the holiday season.”

Read: Enter for your chance to win tickets to ICE! at Gaylord Palms

More than 60 volunteers came together to makeover the facility and grounds of the Pathway Drop-In Center.

Volunteers also assembled 500 hygiene kits for the underserved who depend on Pathways Drop In.

Read: The heat is on! Lakeland Fire Department releases 2023 Rescued Pets Calendar

Rebuilding Together Central Florida and Sika donated resources including window AC units, paint, repair necessities, landscaping and hygiene products.

Pathlight HOME was founded in 1992 to uplift men and women who have experienced the overwhelming challenges of homelessness and poverty and has helped house more than 7,000 individuals in Central Florida since its inception.

Read: Ring in the holiday season with Christmas festivities at Walt Disney World Resort

Click here to download the free WFTV news and weather apps, click here to download the WFTV Now app for your smart TV and click here to stream Channel 9 Eyewitness News live.