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We have many ways to help when you are in need. Please look at the sections below to choose the one that is best suited to your needs.

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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.

Hot Meals

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.

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Emergency Shelter

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.

If you have any questions, please email or call (813) 209-1222 in Hillsborough and (727) 756-1956 in Pasco.

Please note that we are currently experiencing a great increase in applications, and we will be reaching out as soon as possible.

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Affordable Housing/SabalPlace

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 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.

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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. Each county has unique application requirements. Applicants who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic must apply for local government emergency assistance prior to applying with Metropolitan Ministries (links to county websites can be found below).

Limited in-person prevention services are provided daily at the Family Support Centers. Call (813) 209-1200 for prevention assistance questions. Please note that each county has a limited application quantity per day.

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 Household50% 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 County Pasco County Pinellas County

Hillsborough and Pasco Counties are accepting in-person Financial Assistance applications at our Family Support Centers (hours and locations).

Local Government Emergency Rental Assistance

Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk Counties have received funding to assist residents who cannot pay rent and utilities due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding supports the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (E.R.A.P.), which aims to prevent recipients from experiencing further financial hardship or additional consequences to living conditions. Pasco County’s funding supports the Helping with Emergency Assistance for Relief Tenants (H.E.A.R.T.).
Families seeking assistance must first apply for help within the county they reside. The links provided are outside resources and have no affiliation with Metropolitan Ministries.

Hillsborough County Pinellas County Pasco County Polk County Our Florida

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Free Parenting Classes

We offer online classes ranging from infant care to parenting children struggling with trauma. Please click on the link below to see all upcoming class topics, days and times, as well as registration information.

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Stay up to date on upcoming classes by signing up for our Parenting Support Newsletter.


Interested in booking a private class for your organization? Contact Melissa Oliver: or call (813) 816-5389

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.

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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

  1. Ask for a school readiness voucher from case management.
  2. Pick up an enrollment packet from the PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center at 175 E Frances Ave., Tampa, FL 33602.
  3. Return the completed enrollment packet and school readiness voucher to the PromiseLand Early Childhood Education Center.
  4. 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. Your family receives home visits by an early literacy specialist twice a week for two years. Plus, 46 books, educational toys, and curriculum guides will prepare your child for success.

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*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 screening for children ages 0-5. If you would like your child to participate in this free assessment, please fill out the survey here. Or, if you would like to speak to a child advocate, email us at

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Our Family Support Centers in Hillsborough and Pasco counties provide services to families, seniors, and adults preventing them from becoming homeless.

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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.

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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, Pinellas, and Polk counties.

Services include:

  • Community Housing Assessments & Referrals
  • Community Resources
  • Employment Assistance
  • Food Stamps/Medicaid
  • Identification Assistance
  • Social Security Benefits Assessment & Assistance

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Call Mobile Outreach

Mobile outreach services are free and confidential. Call the Metro BrigAIDe Mobile Outreach team at (813) 209-1044 in Hillsborough County and (727) 756-1952 in Pasco County.


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.

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icon of shirt on hangerThrift Store

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.

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