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Q: CURRENTLY, WHAT ARE HHH'S TWO OVERARCHING AREAS OF IMPACT?
A: One area of impact is emergency shelter. HHH is the agency that is called upon for emergency shelter when no other agency can help in regard to the chronically homeless. In addition, HHH assists individuals, who although not chronically homeless, have no money, job or do not fit the criteria for public assistance.
The second area of impact is employment. Although other agencies may have employment readiness programs, HHH has a subsidiary staffing company that provides temporary employment for homeless clients. HHH realizes without employment it is impossible for some clients to transition out of any emergency shelter.
Q: WHY ISN'T MORE BEING DONE ABOUT THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS SITUATION?
A: Funds are not allocated to the chronically homeless, because it is not economically viable due to the fact that there is no exit strategy. They are continuously in and out of emergency shelters. Also, they do not meet income qualifications to be admitted into any program. Lastly, it is difficult for agencies to obtain good stats for them.
The reality is that other agencies do not want to deal with the chronically homeless or undertake the financial burden. Typically, when a homeless individual comes to HHH, it is because we are the last resort.
Q: WHAT IS HHH'S CURRENT APPROACH TO THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS DILEMMA?
A: From conception, HHH designed a Credit System Program. This program allows the chronically homeless, as well as those, who have no money, job and do not fit certain criteria for public assistance to carry their stay at HHH. Clients volunteer three to five hours, five days per week at the organization. This program has been in place for six years and has been a success.
From our experience, HHH realizes that there is a segment of the chronically homeless demographic that cannot take advantage of the Credit System due to disabling conditions, etc. Plans are in motion to enhance the HHH Credit System, so that even this segment of the chronically homeless will be accommodated, but funds are needed.
Q: HOW DOES HHH FUND ITS OPERATION?
A: In the past, HHH received a percentage of gross revenue from operating concession stands through Raymond James and Tropicana stadium. Currently, HHH's funding is through a few sponsors and individual donations. In addition, HHH has the following social enterprise ventures: Mobile Check Cashers, Bargain Center Thrift Store and a Junk Removal Service. Lastly, HHH has a subsidiary staffing company. Although, these ventures generate a few dollars each month, they lack the proper capital to make substantial revenue to sustain the organization at this time.
Q: WHAT ARE HHH CHALLENGES?
A: HHH's challenges are the following: 1) It is very difficult to maintain operation of our facilities and raise the funds to fully capitalize our social enterprise ventures at the same time, and 2) HHH needs to build a wider network of supporters/donors.
Q: HOW MUCH FUNDING DOES HHH NEED TO FULLY FUND OUR PROGRAM FOR THE CHRONICALLY HOMELESS?
A: HHH needs to raise the funds for the social enterprise ventures, which would enable us to be self-sustaining. This, in turn, will enable us to take on the financial burden of fully accommodating the chronically homeless in Tampa, FL. before we can replicate the program nationwide. (The reality is that other agencies do not want to deal with the chronically homeless or undertake the financial burden.)
We believe that the financial burden of the chronically homeless should just not fall on the government or taxpaying citizens. HHH is not asking for society to give us a million dollars every year. Instead, we are asking to empower us with a onetime financial resource. Give us a chance to show the world what we are capable of doing in regard to the chronically homeless in Tampa, FL.
Q: WHAT DOES HHH HOPE TO SEE IN THE FUTURE?
A: In the future, HHH hopes to see a Homeless Bill of Rights, as well as, a Homeless Right to Housing nationwide. We realize, of course, there will be thousands of chronically homeless individuals, who will fall between the cracks, even with a Bill of Rights and Right to Housing. For this reason, HHH embraces a system, which was our original area of focus, designed for chronically homeless individuals.
Q: WHAT IS HHH'S VISION?
A: Our vision is to shift the paradigm of society's mindset, which is the belief that homeless individuals are unreliable, unproductive and so on. At HHH, the homeless literally help the homeless on a day-to-day basis, which underscores the organization's tagline: Empowerment at its core.