The Homeless Services Network of Central Florida:
- is lead agency for the HUD Continuum of Care Supportive Housing Program and Shelter + Care funding for Osceola, Seminole and Orange Counties, including the City of Orlando
- administers more than 40 grants through its sub-recipient agencies who provide services to the homeless in Orange, Seminole and Osceola Counties
- funds programs that provide transitional and permanent housing, supportive services and ongoing case management for the region’s homeless
- is lead agency for the Florida Department of Children and Families, administering Challenge Grant and Homeless Housing Assistance grants of up to $2 million each year to create new transitional and permanent housing beds to serve the homeless.
Established in 1993, HSN has brought more than $45 million in HUD Supportive Housing Program funds to Central Florida. HSN has six organizational goals:
- Establish and implement programs to prevent homelessness among precariously housed persons
- Provide emergency shelter and services to the more than 8,000 men, women and children in Central Florida who become homeless each year.
- Support the development and implementation of transitional housing programs to assist homeless persons to return to self-sufficiency
- Develop permanent housing programs to meet the needs of homeless persons, including supportive housing and affordable rental housing
- Support the development of a comprehensive medical care network for the region’s homeless
- Encourage the dissemination and implementation of best practice program models throughout the Continuum.