In an article published in the St. Petersburg Times October 4th 2013, Anna M. Phillips, Times Staff Writer reports nearly 7,000 people in Pinellas County are homeless, according to a study released by the county's Homeless Leadership Board. That article was published nearly 3 years ago, and the statistics have not improved. The Pinellas County “Point in Time Homeless Report” for 2015 states 6853 persons were homeless adults including individuals in jail, and 2196 were children. That total is a staggering 9049. Of the homeless people surveyed, nearly three-quarters said they had a disability and, of those, many said they had drug or alcohol abuse issues, suffered from depression, or were physically impaired. The rate of homelessness among 16 to 60 year olds in the Pinellas county area has risen exponentially in the past 2 years. Not included in the report are the numbers of children aging out of the foster care system. Which has created a potential for prostitution and human trafficking.
Homelessness can be a byproduct of addiction, disability, depression and/or financial mismanagement. Our 4 phase program along with a clean healthy safe environment support a life of self-sufficiency and responsibility. We provide guidance for seeking employment, and provide financial responsibility opportunities as well as financial training. We offer sobriety guidance as well as a licensed clinical social worker. By completing the program, making payments on time, and continued employment, each client is given a financial responsibility statement for future living arrangements.