A year ago our firm partnered with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness to lead the development of a comprehensive report that would serve as a roadmap to end homelessness across our state.
I am pleased to inform you that the report “The Path Forward: Rethinking Solutions for Homelessness in Florida” written by renowned homelessness expert, Barbara Poppe was released today during a press conference in Orlando with Mayor Buddy Dyer and Mayor Teresa Jacobs in attendance.
The report results are based on research and input from community dialogues conducted in Tampa Bay, Central Florida, Jacksonville and Miami. As you will see, the primary recommendation from this report is to support Housing First models. The following six key shifts and actions are also outlined in the report:
- Build the capacity for improved state and local response
- Accelerate Rental Housing Production and Access to Affordable Rental Homes for ELI (extremely low income) households
- Finish Ending Veteran Homelessness
- Fast-track Adoption and Implementation of Rapid Re-Housing
- Scale Production of Permanent Supportive Housing
To help drive this strategy forward, JPMorgan Chase announced a new grant today for $600,000 to Ability Housing to support the development of new permanent supportive housing units in Orlando and Jacksonville. ($500,000 in Orlando and $100,000 in Jacksonville).
Through public private partnerships such as this, we can help reduce homelessness in our local community and across the state. This partnership with Ability Housing is the first step in the journey. Our Corporate Responsibility team will be working diligently to develop long-term plans to respond to the findings and recommendations identified in the report.
Please feel free to reach out to me should you like to discuss the report findings in greater detail.
Ann Reinert | Vice President| Corporate Responsibility
Global Philanthropy | JPMorgan Chase & Co.
450 S. Orange Ave., Floor 10 Orlando, FL 32801
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