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Homeless Initiative

GIVE A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT


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 $3.5M 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.

Facts:
  • According to the 2013 Annual Point-In-Time Count, there were 6,593 unsheltered homeless individuals and families in Pinellas County. 2,495 were children (37.8%).
  • 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.
  • Since 2009, the number of homeless military veterans has dropped 17%, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
  • 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.

  • Homeless individuals or families can call 211 to inquire about shelter placement or other assistance. 211 Tampa Bay Cares, www.211tampabay.org.

  • To learn more about the city's Homeless Initiative, contact Ekaterini Gerakios-Siren, Community Development Manager, at Ekaterini.Gerakios-Siren@myclearwater.com, (727) 562-4047.

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, www.directionsforliving.org

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

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

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

  • RCS (Religious Community Services), www.rcspinellas.org

    • 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, www.salvationarmyflorida.org/clearwater
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: