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Homeless Empowerment Program
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About Homeless Empowerment Program
Homeless Empowerment Program (HEP) Curing a Homeless Epidemic Our purpose is to break the cycle of homelessness and to be the last homeless shelter an individual or family ever has to access. We monitor our programs to measure progress against stated goals and make necessary refinements throughout the process. Since 1986, our mission has been to provide homeless and low-income individuals and families, including veterans, with housing, food, clothing and support services necessary to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Veterans, Children, Families & Individuals HEP is the only social-services agency of its kind in Florida, offering shelter care and supportive services for the entire homeless population. We offer housing and programs specifically designed for single men and women, families with children and US Veterans, including those with mental illness, physical disability and non-violent criminal history. Veterans Nearly 1/3 of HEP’s population consists of the brave men and women who serve our country – a figure that is consistent with the national homeless population of US Vets. Recognizing that this demographic of the homeless community requires specialized care, HEP works hand in hand with the Veterans Administration to provide an array of veteran-specific programs to lead them back to self-sufficiency. Veterans seek refuge in two apartment complexes on HEP’s campus: Fairburn Apartments for men, and HEP West Apartments for men and women. HEP also reserves bed-space in our other shelter offerings, especially for vets. Families & Children Studies have shown that the number of homeless families and children in the country is severely under-estimated by the average person. In fact, the average age of homeless individuals nation-wide is only 9 years old. HEP’s goal is to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness for families, by focusing on the children in our shelters. We provide on-site child care through our Children’s Learning Center. This program includes before-school care, after-school care and a summer camp that runs 5-days each week. This education-based service is free to HEP families, and helps to ensure the children on campus are prepared to face each school day, and maintain good grades and attendance. HEP provides a wide range of family-specific shelter and services designed to make any family’s experience with homelessness and quick and un-traumatic as possible. HEP is also an administrator of the Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), which prevents families from experiencing homelessness in the first place, by providing qualified households with rental assistance. Individuals Single men and women are not an overlooked population at HEP. Individuals needing help, including those who classify as the “chronically homeless” population find refuge on our campus. With three stages of shelter, including short-term emergency, moderate-term transitional and long-term permanent supportive housing, we have all of the bases covered. Individuals receive an array of support services that include dental care, medical care, mental health counseling, food and nutrition, job training, and much more.
1120 N. Betty lane, Clearwater, FL 33755
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