Our community cannot ignore the family homelessness crisis. Imagine putting your kids to bed for the night in a tent in the backwoods, night after night, or trying to get a good night’s sleep in the back of a car parked in an alley. How would you cook dinner? Where would you shower? What if you were a single mom with toddlers and your only option for shelter was with your brother who was dealing drugs?
Homelessness is an exhausting, consuming battle. It’s hard to focus on anything but survival.
The average amount of time a family is homeless and in survival mode is about six months. Long enough to tear a family apart and leave lasting scars on children and marriages.
We know that when families have safe shelter and their basic needs are met, they can focus on the things they need to do to get out of homelessness permanently. Whether that’s finding a job that pays a living wage or having a safe place for your toddlers during the day while you go back to school, we’ve got solutions for families.
You can help families get on their feet
Lack of affordable housing is the number one cause of family homelessness. You can help Florida families get to a place where they can support themselves. Here’s how:
- Give: When a family just needs a month or two of assistance paying utilities, paying rent or buying groceries, they can stay in their home. You can help prevent family homelessness with your support.
- Volunteer: Keep our expanding campus clean by volunteering your time with the environmental service team. You could be helping to clean classrooms, hallways, community rooms and more!
- Get the message out: You never know who is struggling to stay afloat. Share links to our services on social media like Facebook and Twitter.
What we offer homeless families
Right now, our only overnight and short-term housing solutions are located in Hillsborough County. But anyone may apply.
- Hope Hall: For women and families experiencing temporary homelessness. Sometimes, unemployment is the only barrier to housing. At Hope Hall, families can stay together while they find work and save for their own housing.
- Uplift Hall: For families needing help and support for a longer period of time. Often, these families are in need of other services like counseling, job training or education in order to be able to provide for themselves.
- Permanent Housing: When families complete our programs, the end goal is to get them into affordable permanent housing. Working with county services, we help them find a place to call home.
- Coming soon: Housing in Pasco!
Need help? Need information? Come in or contact us:
2301 North Tampa Street
Tampa, FL 33602
Pasco County, Florida
3214 US Highway 19
Holiday, FL 34691