The Metro Market is located inside our Family Support Center and stocks fresh produce, breads, meats, pantry staples and clothing. You can visit once per month and must have the ability to store and cook food at home. The market is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays at our Downtown Tampa and West and East Pasco locations.
A utility bill, lease agreement or rental receipt, in addition to, an assessment and evaluation are required to determine eligibility. Families who are living with someone else need a note from the person they are living with stating the food can be stored and safely cooked at the verified address. A copy of that person’s utility bill, lease, or rental receipt is required.
- Downtown Tampa
2301 N Tampa St, Tampa, FL 33602
- East Tampa
Prosperity Center at Thaddeus M. Bullard Academy
2011 East Sligh Ave Tampa, FL 33610
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- West Pasco
3214 US-19, Holiday, FL 34691
- East Pasco
13703 17th St, Dade City, FL 33525
Get a hot meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We cook 3,000 meals every day and serve them at partner organizations in Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, and Polk counties. Use this map to find a location near you.
Are you at risk of becoming homeless, or are you homeless and need shelter? Apply now for emergency shelter. Once your application is submitted, an intake specialist will contact the phone number or email provided on your application.
Our emergency shelter programs are in Hillsborough and Pasco counties are designed for households with children and single women.
Please note that we are currently experiencing a great increase in applications, and we will be reaching out as soon as possible.
SabalPlace is an affordable housing community in Seffner, Fla. This garden-style community consists of 112 units with open floorplans, kitchen islands, large closets, and energy efficient appliances. Amenities include a gathering room, ballet room with fitness equipment, splash pad, activity room, on-site laundry, and more. Please email email@example.com or call (813) 324-7661 regarding leasing inquiries.
You’ll have the full support of Metropolitan Ministries at SabalPlace with case managers on-site to help navigate community resources.
Metropolitan Ministries Rent and Utility Assistance
Metropolitan Ministries offers financial assistance on a daily first-come-first-served basis with rent, mortgage, and utilities while funding lasts. Not all inquiries will qualify. All applications require proof of financial hardship, including documented loss of employment, furlough, reduction of hours, or approved unemployment applications. Only one application per household (addresses are verified) is permitted.
Families and individuals applying for financial prevention services must be at, or below 80% AMI as displayed in the current chart (April 2022).
|Number of Persons in Household||50% AMI (Very Low)||80% AMI (Low)|
*If your household has more than 8 members, please use the amounts above for a Household of 8.
Hillsborough and Pasco Counties are accepting in-person Financial Assistance applications at our Family Support Centers.
Both walk-ins and appointments must have a completed packet corresponding to your request for assistance:
Arriving for a walk-in or an appointment without a completed packet will require all applicants to return another time.
Prevention Walk-ins welcome Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 AM to 2 PM. (Limited Daily Availability).
Prevention Appointment offered on Tuesday and Thursdays – Pre registration required. Appointments can only be made three days out from the current date.
Free Parenting Classes
We offer online and in-person parenting classes for parents who are expecting, have an infant, and/or children of all ages. Please click on the link below to see all upcoming classes and to find out more information about classes we offer.
Stay up to date on upcoming classes by signing up for our Parenting Support Newsletter.
PromiseLand Early Learning Center
We strive to provide excellence in childcare and education by creating an environment that enables children to thrive socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically.
C.R.E.A.T.E. (Children’s Recreational, Education, Arts, and Therapeutic Experience) provides a safe place for your school-age children to express themselves, extend their creativity, and realize full potential. This afterschool program is staffed by therapeutic specialists and registered behavioral technicians.
Students engage in therapeutic activities designed around a social-emotional curriculum. This fosters behavioral development and alleviates distress a child may be experiencing.
Four Steps to Enroll
- Ask for a school readiness voucher from case management.
- Pick up an enrollment packet from the PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center at 175 E Frances Ave., Tampa, FL 33602.
- Return the completed enrollment packet and school readiness voucher to the PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center.
- Call (813) 209-1247 to schedule an appointment with the C.R.E.A.T.E. staff.
ParentChild+ is a national early learning program for Hillsborough County children ages 2-3. This program helps develop your child’s reading and early learning skills at home for school readiness and life success. An Early Learning Specialist will visit once a week for 23 weeks bringing a book or toy that is free for the family to keep each week. These visits and gifts will help prepare your child for future success.
If you are interested in learning more about the ParentChild+ program, please click the link to request more information.
*Funding for C.R.E.A.T.E., Family Support Centers, First Hug, ParentChild+, and parenting classes is provided by the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County.
Child Development Screening
We offer free at-home developmental screenings for children ages 0-5. These screenings help parents assess how their child is developing in few key areas, such as communication and social skills. Participating families will receive free developmental books and toys and may also be referred to additional resources, if necessary. If you would like your child to participate in this free assessment, please click the link to request more information.
Family Support Centers
Our Family Support Centers in Hillsborough and Pasco counties provide services to families, seniors, and adults preventing them from becoming homeless.
When you arrive:
BayCare Kids Mobile Medical Clinic
Children must be 18 years old or younger and have Medicaid, no health insurance or are Native American or Alaskan Native. We can’t see children who have Florida KidCare or private health insurance. On “The Bus,” all services are offered at no charge to families. For more information or to make an appointment, call (813) 615-0589, ext. 233.
Find Us in the Community!
Metro BrigAIDe Mobile Outreach Team
The Metro BrigAIDe Mobile Outreach team meets you where you are. We address your immediate needs and link you to the resources that can end your homelessness. The team serves at more than 20 locations throughout Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties.
- Community Housing Assessments & Referrals
- Community Resources
- Employment Assistance
- Food Stamps/Medicaid
- Identification Assistance
- Social Security Benefits Assessment & Assistance
Call Mobile Outreach
First Hug / Community Base Supportive Case Management
First Hug ensures that Hillsborough County children between ages 0-middle school are ready to learn and succeed by helping to alleviate family stress.
Your case manager will meet with your family weekly at home and use trauma-informed techniques to create a personalized plan for you and your children.
First Hug case managers provide free developmental screens to assess children’s readiness to learn (ages 0-5); resources to assure your children are ready for school; and will help you build a positive relationship with your child(ren). Plus, they can help identify safe housing options and connect you to job placement services. Sign up for First Hug and reduce the impact of stress and trauma on your family.
The Metropolitan Ministries Thrift Store features affordable clothing, furniture, appliances, and more from its storefront at 2101 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602 in historic Tampa Heights. All proceeds go back to helping homeless and at-risk families across the Tampa Bay area. Store hours are weekdays 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Call (813) 209-1068 for more information.
The NeighborHOPE Project
If you are an individual or family living in one of the zip codes listed below and need rental or utility assistance or cannot make it to one of our Family Support Centers, please click on the link to setup a time to meet with one of our community navigators.
Must live in one of the following zip codes:
33619, 33610, 33605
33712, 33705, 33755
Pathways to Hope
Pathways to Hope is a homeless prevention program that provides support to families who are experiencing economic instability and/or housing insecurity. The program is designed to provide support to families based on their personal, social, and community networks’ strengths and is specially tailored to each family based on their current situation and needs. The goal is to assist families with attaining housing stability.
Counseling & Resiliency Center
Our Counseling & Resiliency Center provides counseling and support services to individuals and families in the community who may not have access to mental health services due to costs. Adults, children (ages 7 and up), and families are welcome. *You do not have to be a Metropolitan Ministries client to receive services.*
To submit a request for yourself or someone else, click the link below to complete a brief form. A staff member will be in touch with you within 48 hours. You can also call us at (813) 209-1006.