Homeless Helping Homeless, Inc .

Emergency Shelter Provider in Tampa, FL


Knowing where to start when untangling heavy and complex crisis (such as the reasons behind seeking emergency shelter) can be so overwhelming many give up or worsen their self-destruction. Our goal is to get each client taking basic steps to reduce self-harm and other risky behaviors while teaching him or her the skills to work through any hardship.

Here at HHH, our 4 week framework is low barrier integrated care system suitable for anyone regardless of age, race, sexuality, or life standing. Although we have some strict fundamental structural requirements, we let the client remain in complete control of how the program and services work for him or her- down to what notes are written and how/when the use of peer support or housing services occur. 

We require the client remain in control because recovery won’t happen without genuine invested interest. By creating ownership, we teach self-responsibility. Most of our clients haven’t experienced ownership or control of their lives while at the mercy of a social services system or chronic bad circumstance. HHH aims to end that narrative by giving the power back to restore their sense of self-worth, capability, and control over future destiny.

HHH chose a 30 day structure because that’s when shelter ceases to be emergency and becomes transitional. A month after a crisis is also the professional timeframe limitations of when crisis counseling can have impact. Furthermore, since a singular traumatic event can activate a tsunami of following crisis; providing nonjudgmental support and practical resources immediately after can greatly reduce the amount of devastation and at best be a catalyst for personal growth.

To offer comprehensive care without overhead to a population repeatedly failed by traditional recovery options and psychiatry, our program is run entirely by peer specialists with similar life experiences. Receiving mentorship and support from trained professionals who’ve “been there” removes the stigma of trauma, loss, hardship, addiction and homelessness while providing real life successful examples of recovery. 

Clients and staff far enough into their own recovery can be trained in crisis prevention and peer support to act as mentors for incoming clients. When an individual goes through the program and learns self-care techniques it not only strengthens their progress, it helps inspire everyone. A client’s ability to reach and support others only strengthens their own recovery foundations and helps to instill a sense of hope, pride, and humanity within as they see themselves making a difference in the world.