Inside Orlando/LIFT Orlando:
LIFT Orlando is a nonprofit organization comprised of business leaders partnering with residents to accelerate community transformation.
215 East Central Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32801
“With the strong support of civic and business leaders and the community, we are committed to doing the long-term work necessary to create a healthy neighborhood where everyone can thrive.”
Eddy Moratin, Executive Director, LIFT Orlando
$35 million Funding secured to develop 200 units of mixed income, multi-family housing as Phase I. Another 120 units of affordable senior housing are already planned for Phase II.
2,000 Students attend this emerging neighborhood system of charter and public schools. It will include the first ever, fully integrated cradle-to-career community school pipeline.
140 Acres of park space and sports fields provide opportunities for football, soccer, baseball, basketball and tennis, as well as future plans for a community fitness center and healthcare facility – all within a mile of downtown Orlando.
LIFT – Learn, Identify, Focus, Transform
Founded in 2012, LIFT Orlando consists of business leaders partnering with residents to break the cycle of poverty in an area west of Downtown Orlando. The neighborhood is rich with African-American history, and includes many long-term residents who broke through the barriers of racial and economic inequality in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s to achieve success. Yet, in recent decades it has also been an area with a high concentration of chronic poverty, joblessness, homelessness, and crime.
A Winning Partnership
With the reconstruction of the Orlando Citrus Bowl stadium seated in the heart of the community, these civic-minded business leaders saw an opportunity to engage the community and leverage the project to ignite positive neighborhood transformation for nearby families. LIFT Orlando became the first Purpose Built Communities Network Member in Florida during the summer of 2015.
Unprecedented Community Involvement
In an unprecedented community engagement effort consisting of the largest urban neighborhood survey ever conducted in the city, over 1,500 door-to-door interviews were conducted and dozens of community gatherings held. Through this process, LIFT Orlando was able to begin to identify the will of residents, engage neighborhood leaders, and even increase participation by neighborhood children in the free Florida Citrus Sports Summer Camp from 3% to 97% from one year to the next.