Black Friday shopping in stores versus online is certainly shaping up to be a bigger matchup this year than Batman vs Superman. How brick and mortar stores fare on what once was the busiest shopping day of the year will certainly predict how much longer this tradition lives on. The convenience of online shopping through Amazon and other sites has left physical stores trying to guess the best way to pitch shopping bargains. No more 5:00 a.m. shopping lines to get that great laptop deal, since the online Black Friday sales already started just as you we’re digesting your turkey.
Housing the homeless takes on greater significance this time of year. Colder weather, an influx of hurricane evacuees, and a spirit of holiday giving highlight the need for more accessible options. The Central Florida Commission on Homelessness’s primary mission is to champion the power of “Housing First” – a model that has demonstrated results both here and in other cities, like Houston. On Tuesday, the Commission will launch a landlord campaign to house 129 chronically homeless Central Florida residents. Offering incentives for landlords, coupled with private sector support, bring the gift of a “home” to those most vulnerable in Orlando.