Besieged by demand, United Against Poverty needs space to grow

By Kate Santich  |  Orlando Sentinel  |  Full Article

“Eric Gray is convinced he can help cut Central Florida’s poverty rate in half. But first he needs a bigger parking lot.

Gray runs the busiest nonprofit social-service agency in the region – United Against Poverty – out of a collection of older buildings in an industrial district, sandwiched between the train tracks and busy West Michigan Street in Orlando.

With 33,000 clients seeking help last year, the demand has led to an urgent campaign to raise $500,000 between mid-December and mid-January to buy the only property available for expansion.”