Orlando Non Profit SALT Rolls Out Laundry Trailers – Central Florida News – Intersection
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Eric Camarillo has worked for years to help people suffering from homelessness through some of the challenges they face, such as access to food and clothing. Camarillo, CEO of the nonprofit SALT Outreach Inc, said he saw an increase in the number of people in need of help during the pandemic.
He’s on the show to talk about introducing a mobile laundry trailer and tackling homelessness in central Florida.
According to Camarillo, the laundry trailer is one of a series of trailers stationed at the Christian Service Center in downtown Orlando. They also offer clothes, haircuts, showers, and other services.
“We have a lot of traffic, we have about 400 people, at least a week, getting through it,” says Camarillo.
The nonprofit teamed up with the City of Orlando and Simply Healthcare to bring the laundry trailer to market.
He says the demand for services has increased over the past year.
“From March to September of last year, we saw two people who were new to homelessness every time one of our contact events,” says Camarillo.
“From October last year we saw four new people every time who were new to homelessness.”
“Affordable housing is really one of the biggest hurdles we have to overcome as a city and as a coalition of organizations that help the vulnerable,” says Camarillo.
“And then, on top of that, you know … when the virus hit the pandemic, I mean, a lot of people who were just on the edge somehow pushed them over the edge.”
According to Camarillo, SALT was an all-volunteer organization in 2020. There are now 14 employees. He says SALT received a $ 200,000 grant from the city of Orlando last year, and roughly the same this year. He wants to expand the outreach program to other cities.
“We have some proposals in Sanford, in Daytona, we have a proposal in Miami, we really want to duplicate what we are doing. So my full time goal is to raise a million [dollars] this year. That will help us get fully funded here in Orlando and then expand to at least one or two other locations. “