Non-profit group, the Florida Real Estate Foundation (Website), received six vacant lots from the city on Jefferson and Polk streets in the Parramore neighborhood [Gmap]. The vacant lots will house single-family homes that will be awarded to select veterans, under the Heroes’ Commons initiative.

The homes are meant for disabled veterans or first responders, who need more accessible housing options due to unemployment, divorce, or physical and mental disabilities.

Health screenings, treatment, mental health counseling and educational assessments will come with the housing.

The ground was broken for the first of the homes this Wednesday following the Mayor’s State of the City address.

The 3-bedroom, 2-bath homes would regularly cost anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 to construct. They will all be energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

Military veterans or City of Orlando/Orange County public safety employees who are interested in being a part of this program can contact HANDS at for more information.



Brendan O'Connor

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