Homeless Services Network Statement on Social Justice
The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness and Homeless Services Network acknowledges the hurt and anger those in our community are experiencing as a result of the tragic death of George Floyd and the many others before him. These events bring into stark focus the pervasive injustice and inequality that African Americans face every day in our society from systemic and institutionalized racism. For us, silence is not an option in this matter.
Because we are focused on all issues contributing to homelessness, we must initiate the often difficult conversations about racial injustice in this country and our community, and we must support efforts that bring about a more just and equitable future for everyone. This requires that we work to stabilize those who are housing-insecure, understand the impact inequality has had on that population, and continue to name the role that racism plays in homelessness.
As we serve those in Central Florida who are experiencing homelessness, we stand firm in our belief that all persons should be treated with dignity and respect without regard to ethnicity, religion, gender, housing status, or other self-identified or culturally assigned characteristics. We remain committed to giving visibility to the invisible, a voice to the voiceless, and a home to the homeless while we stand with you on this journey toward our shared destiny.
Mike Griffin, CFCH Chair
Thomas C. Chatmon, Jr., HSN Chair
& Martha Are, HSN CEO
What is HSN?
The Homeless Services Network (HSN) of Central Florida:
- is lead agency for the HUD Continuum of Care FL-507 for the area including Osceola, Seminole and Orange Counties, including the Cities of Orlando, Kissimmee, and Sanford
- administers more than 32 grants through sub-recipient agencies who provide services to the homeless in our continuum region
- funds programs that provide transitional and permanent housing, supportive services and ongoing case management for the homeless in our continuum region
- is recognized as lead agency for FL-507 by the Florida Department of Children and Families, administering Challenge Grants and Homeless Housing Assistance grants which fund transitional and permanent housing beds, both rapid rehousing and permanent supportive housing for the homeless in our continuum region
- is lead agency for the Veteran’s Administration Supportive Services for Families (SSVF) grant program, both priority 1 and priority 2 for our continuum region