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Homeless Initiative


The main goal of the initiative is to provide homeless
individuals and families access to comprehensive services.

Homelessness is a social and economic issue that affects everyone - children, families, social service providers, government agencies, and society at large. The City of Clearwater supports local social service providers who address the root causes of homelessness. In fact, the city has contributed over $4M to such local organizations in the last five years. We have initiated and maintain a comprehensive, holistic approach and have formed a Homeless Committee that consists of directors and staff who frequently address the needs and impact of the homeless population. v


  • According to the 2015 Annual Point-In-Time Count, there were 6,853 unsheltered homeless individuals in Pinellas County, out of which 2,196 were children (32%).
  • 20.2% of the people that participated in the homeless count self-reported a substance abuse disorder, while 7.1% were victims of domestic violence.
  • According to the FY 2012-2013 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress for Pinellas County, 10,047 homeless people were in shelters.
  • 6,715 homeless individuals were in emergency shelters, while families constituted 11.65% of the total population.
  • About 12% of the adult homeless population in the United States are veterans. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Administration (VA) have announced a 33% drop in veteran homelessness since 2010.
  • There are over 7,000 chronically hungry children in Pinellas County.

Contact Information

To report an incident or illegal/suspicious behavior, please call the non-emergency Police line, (727) 562-4242, option 1. If you see an emergency situation, call 911. To reach the Clearwater Homeless Services Street Outreach Team, please call (727) 215-1728.

How Can You Help?

Supporting local social service providers is the best way to help and potentially offer a real life change to someone in need. A donation of $100 can provide approximately one week of transitional housing with intensive professional services for someone in need. The following organizations are some of our local partners in Clearwater:
  • Directions for Living, 1437 S. Belcher Road, (727) 524-4464,

  • HEP (Homeless Emergency Project), 1120 N. Betty Lane, (727) 442-9041,

  • Pinellas Hope - Catholic Charities, 5726 126th Avenue N., (727) 556-6397,

  • Pinellas Safe Harbor, 14840 49th Street N., (727) 464-8058,

  • RCS (Religious Community Services),

    • RCS Food Bank, 700 Druid Road E., (727) 443-4031

    • RCS Grace House, Emergency Shelter for Families, 1552 S. Myrtle Avenue, (727) 446-5964

    • The Haven of RCS, Domestic Violence Services, 24 hours/7 days a week, (727) 442-4128

    • RCS Thrift Store, 290 East Bay Drive, Largo (727) 531-6266

  • The Salvation Army of Upper Pinellas, 1521 Druid Road E., (727) 446-4177,
Additional non-profits, social service providers, and programs in Pinellas County that work with homeless or at-risk of being homeless individuals, families, and children: