Support local journalism. Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club.

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Zebra Coalition transforming an old hotel into housing for homeless youth

Posted By on Tue, Jun 1, 2021 at 10:01 AM

click to enlarge IMAGE VIA ZEBRA COALITION/INSTAGRAM
  • Image via Zebra Coalition/Instagram
The old Davis Park Motel will be a new home for about 35 homeless youths.

The Zebra Coalition is an organization that assists LGBTQ+ youth from ages 13 to 24 with supportive services and housing. The organization plans to take over a portion of the building and create its first stand-alone housing building for youth in the Central Florida area, with 20 single and double occupancy rooms.




Zebra Coalition executive director Heather Wilkie told the Orlando Sentinel that they've completed all the permits for the building and applied for city and county funding. The project is a partnership with Park Lake Presbyterian Church, which owns the building.

The hotel is currently the home of several art studios. The church converted a portion of the hotel into the Faith Arts Village Orlando (or FAVO) after buying the property to provide overflow parking for their congregation. In addition to providing studio space, FAVO hosts art walks and studio visits — though the monthly events stopped during the coronavirus pandemic, they've recently relaunched.

The Sentinel reported that Wilkie expects to have the housing ready in 16 months, but the process could take longer if the organization is not granted funding quickly.

Currently, the organization has 11 beds, but they are located in different locations across the Orlando area, so having this former motel as their new home will be a dream come true for them.

To learn more about the Zebra Coalition, to get help or to donate, go to their website.


Stay on top of Central Florida news and views with our weekly newsletters, and consider supporting this free publication. Our small but mighty team is working tirelessly to bring you Central Florida news, and every little bit helps.

Tags: , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at feedback@orlandoweekly.com.

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 24, 2021

View more issues

Calendar

© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation