About Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (formerly CoC)


The Central Florida CoC has now rebranded as the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness (CFCH). Our mission and mandate remains the same. We are a collaborative of homeless stakeholders from across Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties who are committed to ending homelessness through sharing expertise, using data to inform practice, monitoring system performance, and using our collective voice to advocate for our homeless neighbors.


CFCH collaborates to build a homeless service system designed to ensure any episode of homelessness is rare, brief and singular. We support the agencies that make up that system to implement evidence based best practices designed to prevent and end homelessness across the tri-county region.


The Commission and its members serve individuals and families including veterans, chronically homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, victims of human trafficking and unaccompanied youth who are experiencing homelessness and who are at risk of homelessness.

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CFCH serves as HUD’s designated Continuum of Care for the Central Florida region (i.e. HUD recognizes the Commission as CoC FL-507). The Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed by HUD to promote community wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

The primary functions and responsibilities of the Central Florida Commission under the CoC Program are to:

  1. Determine service and housing priorities to promote the optimal use of limited resources across the CoC Coverage Area;
  2. Identify service- and housing-related needs and gaps in the homeless assistance delivery system and develop or assist in the development of mechanisms to most effectively address such needs and gaps throughout the CoC Coverage Area;
  3. Promote access to and effective utilization of mainstream (i.e., outside the homelessness assistance system) benefit programs and resources by homeless individuals and families;
  4. Promote and maximize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing and at-risk for homelessness;
  5. Advise or facilitate planning and funding decisions made within the CoC Coverage Area, including the strategic allocation and coordination of available resources, in support of efforts to assist homeless individuals and families by nonprofit providers, State and local governments, and other stakeholders;
  6. Maintain a diverse and engaged membership that can be mobilized to work in support of the CoC mission as set forth in Section 2.1; and
  7. Perform such other functions and fulfill such other responsibilities as set forth in the Act; the CoC Interim Rule; the ESG Interim Rule; Part VI of Chapter 420, Florida Statutes; and jurisdictional priorities.

The CoC FL-507 jurisdictions include:

  • Orange County, Osceola County and Seminole County
  • City of Orlando, City of Kissimmee and City of Sanford


CFCH Leadership Council: The Council is comprised of various leaders within the community and it is charged with establishing the priorities for the region. The following persons serve on our Leadership Council

  • The Honorable Jose Alvarez
  • The Honorable Cheryl Grieb
  • The Honorable Buddy Dyer
  • The Honorable Amy Lockhart
  • The Honorable Jerry L. Demings
  • The Honorable Jeff Triplett*
  • Chirag Bhavsar
  • Dr. Dale Brill
  • Deirdre Fortune
  • Andy Gardiner
  • Shannon Gravitte
  • Dawn Haynes
  • Jeff Hayward
  • Aaron Hill
  • Eric Jackson
  • Drew Jeter
  • Linda Landman Gonzalez
  • Desmond Meade
  • Kay Rawlins
  • Ann Reinert
  • Kimberlee Riley – Elected Representative of the CFCH Membership
  • Jason Siegel

CFCH Managing Board: This Board is responsible for making decisions influencing program implementation in line with the priorities established by the Leadership Council. This board is a subset of the Commission’s membership and it acts on their behalf. The following persons currently serve on our Managing Board:

  • Mike Griffin, Chair
  • Tim McKinney, Vice Chair
  • Lonnie Bell
  • Maria Bledsoe
  • Glen Casel
  • Carla Cox – Elected Representative of the CFCH Membership
  • Amy Elwood
  • Dawn Haynes
  • Carrie Longsworth
  • Desiree Matthews
  • Celestia McCloud
  • Desmond Meade
  • Pamela Nabors
  • Lisa Portelli
  • Kimberlee Riley
  • Jina Thalmann
  • Andrew Thomas
  • Sharron Washington
  • Shannon Young

In accordance with the rules of the Continuum of Care Program, there must be a board established by the CoC FL-507’s membership to act on its behalf. This board will be a subset of the CoC FL-507’s membership and follow the regulations governing board composition and board selection. The CFCH Managing Board serves as this board required by HUD under the Continuum of Care Program.

CFCH Membership

The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness promotes the community-wide commitment to end homelessness. Anyone in the Central Florida community is eligible to join CFCH. The Commission’s membership is a group of individuals interested in creating, implementing and serving in a system that effectively addresses issues causing homelessness and providing support to those experiencing homelessness. Our membership includes elected officials, business leaders, community advocates, social service providers, health workers, government representatives, public schools representatives and even students.

If you are interested in becoming a member CLICK HERE.

CFCH Lead Agency: Homeless Services Network of Central Florida

Through the administration of funding to nonprofit partners, along with state and local governments, the Commission works to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation. In addition, CFCH facilitates efficient and effective utilization of mainstream programs to optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness. However, the Commission is a collaborative of a wide range of stakeholders.

We have therefore engaged Homeless Services Network of Central Florida (HSN) to act as the Commission’s lead in our many efforts. To learn more about HSN, please visit their website www.hsncfl.org.

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