Pathlight Home, Housing First for the Homeless

During our 25+ years, Pathlight HOME has helped more than 6,000 of our homeless neighbors through our "housing first" philosophy


OUR MISSION

The MISSION of Pathlight HOME is to change the lives of homeless and low-income individuals by providing affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Maxwell Terrace Apartments

Before becoming Maxwell Terrace Apartments, our building at Colonial Drive and John Young Parkway used to be the Hilton Inn West. (Fun fact: When Elvis Presley performed in Orlando in 1977, he stayed at the Hilton Inn West.) Maxwell Terrace has 338 efficiency units.

Maxwell Garden Apartments

Maxwell Garden has 205 units - 180 efficiency apartments and 25 traditional single-room occupancy units, with private bedrooms and communal living areas. A swimming pool and outdoor seating area provides a respite for residents.  

Mark stands in front of his affordable housing for chronically homeless people in Orlando at Maxwell Terrace

Meet Mark

Mark looks at his transformation as a big puzzle, where all the pieces must be in place. “I’m not losing any of the pieces of that puzzle. As long as I keep doing the right thing, I get the right result. And it makes me feel good.”

OUR PROGRAMS

Sobik’s Cafe

Exterior of Sobik's Subs Cafe at Maxwell Garden on Orange Blossom Trail

Profits from sales at this Sobik’s Subs location go to support Pathlight HOME’s mission to change the lives of men and women who have experienced the challenges of homelessness and poverty. 

Safe Haven

Residents of the Safe Haven permanent supportive housing program participate in the annual Christmas party

Safe Haven is a unique housing program that offers dorm-style living and provides permanent supportive housing for former chronically homeless, disabled adults. Residents have their own room, but the bathroom, kitchen and living space are all communal. Residents need to be referred from the Homeless Services Network Coordinated Entry System. Residents do not need an income to be part of this program.  

Pathlight Kitchen Rentals

Pathlight Kitchen's commercial kitchen is available for rentals for events and catering

You can rent this affordable, flexible event space for your next family gathering, corporate meeting, or community event. Open Monday – Friday during normal business hours for rental. In addition to our dining area, our state-of-the-art kitchens are also available for rent. Ideal for caterers, food pop-ups and other non-profits who need an area for food preparation. 

Restore

Residents in the Restore permanent supportive housing program participate in a picnic

Located at Maxwell Terrace Apartments, this housing program provides a stable environment to former chronically homeless, disabled individuals. To live here, a potential resident needs a referral from the Homeless Services Network Coordinated Entry System. Residents do not need a source of income. 

Homes For New Beginnings

A permanent supportive housing resident in the Homes for New Beginnings program smiles about his new home

Located at Maxwell Garden Apartments, this housing program provides a permanent supportive home to adults who have a disability. To live here, a potential resident needs a referral from the Homeless Services Network Coordinated Entry System. Rent for residents does not exceed 30% of income. 

Pathlight Community Services

A group of Pathlight HOME residents of the affordable housing optional case management program

Our help for formerly homeless individuals doesn’t end with our program residents. In 2019, we opened our case management services to Pathlight HOME residents who do not participate in one of our existing case-managed programs.  

Culinary Training

Chef Esteban Torres, CEO Helaine Blum, and President Babette Allen celebrate with a Pathlight Kitchen graduate

With many in Central Florida struggling to make ends meet, our community needs to expand access to economic opportunities and stable jobs.   To support the development of talent for one of our region’s largest industries, Pathlight HOME created a FREE 12-week Culinary Training Program for low-income Central Florida adults. This is a job training program for homeless and formerly homeless individuals.

Food Pantry

Canned food donations to the food pantry for Pathlight HOME's formerly homeless and low-income residents

At each facility, we provide access to a food pantry, which we do our best to keep stocked with donations from the community. When you provide food donations to our formerly homeless residents, you help fill their cabinets and help them with the most basic need as they work to change their lives.