Loss of income, low wages or unemployment:Any disruption for low-income families – unexpected illness and medical expenses, unemployment, divorce, loss of transportation, etc. – can create a financial crisis that results in loss of housing for these families.
Lack of affordable housing: A primary contributor to homelessness is a lack of rental housing that very low-income people can afford.
In Orlando, service industry employment accounts for about 40% of jobs, with wages in the neighborhood of $9 per hour with limited benefits. Yet the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Orlando requires an hourly wage of over $18.00 – making the ability for a couple to afford it almost impossible, even with both working 40 hours per week at $9 per hour.
Domestic violence: Victims of domestic violence flee their homes, sometimes with only the clothes on their backs.
Drug/alcohol addiction or mental illness: Addictions and mental illness have a larger impact on the chronic homeless male population than on women and families.
WHO ARE THE HOMELESS?
Single homeless men make up 47% of the homeless population served by Matthew’s Hope.
Women, children and families make up 53% of Matthew’s Hope guests. Throughout the nation, the fastest growing segment of the homeless population is families with children.
According to the US Department of Education, there were nearly 1.3 million homeless children enrolled in elementary, middle and high schools during the 2012-13 school year, which is a startling increase of 58% over the last six years.
Florida has the fastest growing homeless population in the United States.
(Thanks to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida for some of this information)
523 South Woodland Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787
Emergency Line: (407) 461-2625
Phone: (407) 905-9500
Administrative Office Hours
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday Ministries offered at the
Matthew's Hope Outreach Center
740 Ninth Street, east Winter Garden
each Tuesday between 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.