Homeless Helping Homeless, Inc .

Emergency Shelter Provider in Tampa, FL


Knowing where to start when surviving complex crisis (like reasons behind seeking emergency shelter) can be so overwhelming that many people give up or fall into self-destructive habits. Our goal is to get each client to take basic steps to reduce self-harm and other risky behaviors while teaching them 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 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 to take the initiative and drive his/her recovery because change 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 limitations of when crisis counseling has impact. Furthermore, as a singular traumatic event can activate a tsunami of following crisis; providing nonjudgmental support and practical resources immediately after can greatly reduce long term impact 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 examples of successful recovery. 

Clients far enough into their own recovery can be trained in crisis prevention and peer support to act as mentors for incoming clients. A client’s ability to reach and support others not only will strengthen their own recovery foundations and skills- it helps to instill a sense of hope, pride, and humanity within themselves as they see they can make a difference in the world.