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Help End Homelessness Day

ORLANDO – MAY 8, 2019 –​ The cities of Orlando, Sanford and Kissimmee have proclaimed May 12 to be ​Help End Homelessness Day​, and local venues, boutiques and restaurants are joining efforts, offering customers and audiences the chance to help end homelessness in Central Florida. 

A campaign launched by the ​Central Florida Commission on Homelessness​, the initiative hopes to raise $50,000 on May 12 toward their overall end-of-summer goal of $400,000 — a goal that must be met in order to receive a matching grant from AdventHealth. 

Shelley Lauten, CEO of The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness, said, “We’re excited that business leaders are excited to get involved. There’s a solution to chronic homelessness, we just need the community to understand what it is – and how they can help.” 

Help End Homelessness Day provides multiple ways the community can help — the easiest of which is by texting HOMESHELP to 50155, with a suggested donation of $10. Individuals who text in from now until May 10 will be entered for the chance to win an All-Star ticket package to the MonsterJam World Finals, happening on Saturday, May 11, including a family four pack of tickets to the adrenaline-pumping event. Entries are open now and will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 9. 

On May 12, individuals can show their support by visiting local businesses who have partnered with the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness on the one-day initiative, including ​Wall Street Plaza​ and ​The Park Avenue District​. Participating park avenue stores will offer special deals on May 12 including; Rifle Paper Company​, 10% off entire purchase; ​Kilwins​, buy one get one free slice of fudge; ​Simmons Jewelers​, 20% off one item, not including repairs; ​Coralia Leets​, 20% off an entire purchase and free shipping on orders of $150 of more; ​Through the Looking Glass​, 15% off the entire store; ​Forema Boutique​, 10% off entire purchase; Peterbrooke Chocolatier​, 10% off entire order; ​Charyli​, 15% off entire purchase; ​Frank Boutique​, 10% off entire purchase. Additional partners include: ​TrackShack​, ​East Orlando Chamber of Commerce​, ​West Orange Chamber of Commerce​, ​J. Mclaughlin​, ​United Legacy Bank​ and ​The Mall at Millenia​.

So far, nearly $17,000 has been raised toward the AdventHealth grant. To learn more about the Housing First initiative, a breakthrough solution that’s already helped 339 chronically homeless stay off the streets in Central Florida, visit: ​homesaretheanswer.org 

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