What is Homeless Helping Homeless, Inc. (HHH) ?
HHH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit emergency shelter provider headquartered in Tampa, FL since 2009. HHH is just 1 of 14 peer run crisis shelters in the United States.
Our Founder, Adolphus Parker, created a working model in which homeless individuals without job or money could receive shelter for a long period of time, five years or more. However, shelter and transitional beds are not permanent housing.
In 2019, HHH broadened its working model to provide some permanent housing to employed individuals – making them homeless no more.
Currently, our organization is about to expand the model further to provide permanent housing to homeless individuals, who have no job or income, as well.
OVERVIEW OF THE HHH PERMANENT HOUSING MODEL
- HHH offers 7 days of free emergency shelter to the homeless who have no money or job.
- During this time period, we offer nonjudgmental practical help and stabilizing support in a home setting for anyone from first time homeless to Tampa’s most chronic cases.
- After 7 days, clients are able to move into our transitional program for 21 additional free days.
- Clients are required to look for employment and volunteer 3 hours per day, morning or afternoon shift. (There is an exception for clients who have a disability.)
- After 4 weeks, the client transitions to permanent housing at a different location and is now a tenant.
- The tenant will have a private room.
- The tenant will be given a lease agreement. (This will allow them to be homeless no more.)
- If the tenant does not have employment at this time, they will continue to volunteer 3 hours a day for 5 days a week. This will allow them to receive an HHH housing voucher to cover their rent.
- Tenants will volunteer their supervised time picking up trash in county public spaces.
THE END GOAL OF THIS PROGRAM IS GETTING INDIVIDUALS OFF THE STREET INTO PERMANENT HOUSING. WHILE THE MODEL IS SELF-SUSTAINING, DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME TO HELP US EXPAND.