Homelessness in Central Florida: What you need to know

We’ve housed thousands of people. During 2021 alone, our staff at the Homeless Services Network of Central Florida provided long-term housing to more than 4,100 people who were once living on the streets, in the woods or in temporary shelters. 


We must do more. Unfortunately, with the current state of the rental housing market and record inflation, the work ahead promises to be more challenging than ever. 


Skyrocketing rent and the link to homelessness: Since the start of the pandemic, the average metro Orlando rent has climbed by $380 a month – to $1,819. 


The affordable housing gap: Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford is tied for the second worst affordable rental housing shortage across the 50 largest metro areas in the nation. Only 18 affordable units are available for every 100 needed.


If your home has been left uninhabitable by Hurricane Ian:

  • Contact FEMA at 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) or go to fema.gov, under the Individuals and Households Program, which can provide funds for rental assistance and temporary housing, including hotel rooms, while you are unable to live in your home. The agency also provides money for homeowner repairs and other “necessary” expenses if you are uninsured or under-insured.
  • The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) can provide food assistance for individuals and families impacted by Hurricane Ian and who are not already receiving stamps. For those who were receiving food stamps through the regular Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — but who lost food as a result of the storm, food replacement benefits are available.

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Individuals, Families, and Youth

If you are struggling to find assistance, click below to access a variety of support services available within the Central Florida community.