Housing, Shelter

Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.

Ending Homeless through Permanent Housing and Jobs

Updated in partnership with The Central Florida Foundation


Orlando, FL


The mission of Pathlight HOME (the registered service mark of Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.) is to change the lives of homeless and low-income individuals by providing affordable housing and economic opportunities.

Ruling Year



Ms Helaine Blum

Main Address

3200 W. Colonial Drive

Orlando, FL 32808 USA


housing first, social enterprise, affordable housing, ending homelessness through permanent housing, housing of last resort





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public Housing (L21)

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

Employment, Job Related N.E.C. (J99)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We are working to end homelessness in our community by providing permanent supportive housing and employment opportunities to the homeless and those precariously housed.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Safe Haven at Maxwell Garden

Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments

Sobiks Cafe at Maxwell Garden

Pathlight Kitchen


Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

Population(s) served

Homeless people

Related program

Maxwell Terrace and Maxwell Garden Apartments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context notes

These numbers represent unduplicated persons served on any given day of the year. It does not represent the total number of persons served during the year.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

1) Reduce the number of persons sleeping on the street in our community 2) Assist formerly homeless persons with maintaining permanent housing 3) Residents experience increases in quality of living and income 3) Do all of the above with maximum cost savings to the community

1) Provide affordable, decent housing for formerly homeless persons 2) Provide supportive services to our residents, as well as leverage community resources to provide additional contracted supportive services to our residents.3) Provide economic opportunities  through culinary training and employment to our residents and very low and low income residents of the community through our programs, Sobik's and Pathlight Kitchen.

1) Operating and managing over 500 affordable, decent permanent housing units for the homeless in Central Florida 2) Expertise to develop additional affordable, decent permanent housing units for the homeless in Central Florida  3) Expertise to provide supportive services to chronically homeless persons in Central Florida 4) Expertise to provide economic opportunities through culinary training with our three kitchens and culinary staff

We have adopted the following 4 measures as indicators of the above: 1) Measuring the number of unsuccessful participants. A low or decreasing number indicates success. 2) Length of stay which is measured in the following units: less than 6 months, 6 to 11 months, 1 to 3 years, more than 3 years. An average score of length of stay will also be calculated. Success is determined by the percentages of length of stay being in the higher categories. 3) Stability of health which examines the percentage of clients who are maintaining health while in a supportive service program using the Self Sufficiency Matrix measured every 6 months. Success is indicated by a high or increasing number.  4) Cost per successful client. The calculation will be compared to the cost per maintaining clients in other types of housing, i.e. jail, hospital, transitional housing. Success is determined by a lower cost as compared to the other type of costs.

We have just begun the measurement process. We have determined that we are housing chronically homeless persons at an average annual cost of $13,500 per person which includes provided supportive services on site. This cost is approximately $5,000 less than the average cost of other supportive housing programs in our community as calculated by the Central Florida Commission on Homelessness in its 2018 report.

External Reviews


Grand Avenue Economic Community Development Corp.

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization


Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?



Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?



Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?



Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?



Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


Organizational Demographics

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SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2020


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & Ethnicity
Gender Identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual Orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability Status
Person without a disability

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