Curing a Homeless Epidemic

Our purpose is to break the cycle of homelessness for the thousands of people we help each year. 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.

Why You Should Care

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Homeless in Tampa Bay Are Children


The cost of a day in jail is 8x the price of a day in the shelter


Last year there was a 47% increase in homeless veterans in tampa bay


A Story of Triumph

I came to HEP after going through a difficult separation, and in financial turmoil, with just the clothes on my back. I did not know what the future had in store for me. I had no roof over my head, no food, and no one I could turn to, but I now know what it is like to have people you can count on unconditionally. That’s what I found at HEP. I am now living independently in my own apartment with my dog, Kiki. If it wasn’t for HEP, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.”

—Richard M., former HEP Veteran resident

How We Help

Our Mission

Our Campus

Our Holistic Approach