Our emergency food assistance program allows clients to shop in the Metro Market three times a year to meet their immediate needs:
- Clients can access food services up to three times per year
- The Metro Market is filled with nutritious foods and will feed a family for three days
- We distribute hot meals to individuals through our Meal Site Partners – click here to find them.
- Food is distributed according to household size
- Families or individuals living with someone else need a note from the person they live with stating they can safely cook at the verified address along with a copy of that person’s utility bill, lease agreement or rental receipt
We help determine which housing resources best meet a family’s need and offer services as available.
Uplift U® (52 Units)
A long-term residency program designed for families with children under 18 and single women.
Hope Hall (48 Units)
A short-term residency program designed for families with children under 18 and single women.
Pasco Residential Program (24 Units)
A replicate model of the Uplift U® program designed for families with children under 18 and single women.
First Hug Program
The First Hug program is specially designed for families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless with children birth through middle school.
- This is a community-based model that provides case-management services and weekly visits to Hillsborough County children and families at the location convenient to you.
- It recognizes the trauma experienced by homeless family members and provides key services that will help your family deal with the issues you have experienced.
- First Hug is a child-centered program ensuring that children are ready to learn and succeed and provides wrap-around preventative services to alleviate family stress.
- This program is funded through the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
- You will need all children’s names and dates of birth to fill as well as your contact information.
- You can fill out the First Hug form here
Special financial assistance may be provided to individuals and families as a last resort. To determine the amount of assistance offered, a financial assessment is conducted for all members of the household.
- Proof of ownership is required if rent is paid to an individual homeowner rather than an apartment complex.
- Funding for these services are on a first-come first-serve basis and is limited on staff availability. This is a one-time service.
Our emergency hurricane relief services help families navigate the crisis following a storm.
- Basic relief supplies (non-perishable food boxes, bottled water, hygiene items, hot meals, batteries, etc.)
- Short-term needs (temporary shelter, motel vouchers, housing, resources, referrals, and information)
- Long-term needs (housing, help with information and resources, counseling and case management)
We’ve got a clothing store where families can find a professional look for an interview or some new shoes for their growing children.
In partnership with local school districts, we offer GED classes so that our adult residents can finish high school. Employment Lab: We help men and women with job searches, resume writing, interviewing skills and other employment counseling. Culinary Arts Program: We teach students to prepare, cook and serve food in a personalized learning environment. Our culinary arts graduates are ready for jobs in the food industry.
Financial Education, Legal, & Budgeting Classes
Individual and group financial counseling with a focus on budgeting, maintaining a checking and savings account, and other fundamental principles of money management.
Mobile Outreach Services
Delivering services to single, seniors, or chronically homeless individuals who might otherwise not have access to them. Meeting the needs where they are and raising awareness about existing services in the community. Hubs are staffed with AmeriCorps team members.
First Hug uses trauma-informed evidence-based techniques to provide key services that help homeless families in crisis. First Hug stabilizes, decreases stress and assures children are safe, ready to learn and succeed. You can complete First Hug online referral form at www.metromin.org/firsthug
What to bring when you come to Outreach:
Driver's License or Government Issued ID
Social Security Card
The original document
Proof of Address
Single piece of mail with your name and address.
Rental Agreement or Utility Bill
What is the best way to contact you to get more information?
You can fill out this Information Form here.
All contact requests will be returned within 48 hours over operational business days.
Does Metropolitan Ministries help with paying bills?
Metropolitan Ministries offers financial assistance on a case by case basis and is contingent on availability of funds. We do not pay bills, instead we partner with the family to find a solution to help reduce the cost of the bill in question.
Do I need to come in to receive help?
The best way to help those seeking assistance from us is in-person. The addresses for our Outreach Centers are:
Tampa: 2301 N. Tampa St. | Tampa, FL 33602
Holiday: 3214 US Highway 19 N. | Holiday, FL 34691
Hours: Monday – Friday 9 am – 5pm | Closed Saturday & Sunday