Orange County Government Public Information Officer

UPDATE: Orange County’s Temporary Injunction Served on Kaleo Ministries/Hope City Refuge

County providing relocation and housing assistance to dozens of displaced residents and families.

Orange County, FL – Following the events surrounding the Temporary Injunction served on the property owner of Kaleo Ministries / Hope City Refuge (1717 Harrell Road, Orlando, FL 32825), Orange County Government has assisted impacted families and individuals in the following ways:

  • On Wednesday, March 20, 83 people received relocation assistance at our Hope Now Mobile Resource Center, including 69 adults and 17 children. Among the 83 individuals assisted, there were 36 family units. Of the 83 people already provided temporary housing, 5 went to shelters, and 78 went to hotels.
  • As of this morning, Thursday, March 21, about 20 people were applying for relocation assistance, and another 20-30 people were expected to come to the resource center later today.
  • Caseworkers will continue to work with all those who have relocated with the goal of transitioning everyone to permanent housing.
  • Caseworkers reported that many individuals applying for relocation assistance had multiple boxes of belongings. Orange County Code Enforcement provided two pickup trucks to help people transport their belongings to their temporary shelter locations.
  • The Fire Marshal returned to the site this morning to provide notification of the temporary injunction to anyone who was not notified yesterday, and he observed only about 5 people remaining on the property. They were all aware of the injunction. No other violations were issued.

BACKGROUND: With more than five years of failed inspections and multiple violations, the property known as Kaleo Ministries / Hope City Refuge (1717 Harrell Road, Orlando, FL 32825) was served with a Temporary Injunction by Orange County Government, citing numerous serious life safety issues. The property has been housing more than 100 persons experiencing homelessness. Under the terms of the injunction, the property owner must immediately “cease inviting and allowing persons to continue living in structures and buildings that are unsafe.”

Yesterday, Orange County established an assistance office nearby in the Help Now Mobile Resource Center staffed with social services representatives to direct residents to emergency temporary housing.

MORE INFO: A copy of the injunction and information regarding the property owner infractions are available here:

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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