How We Help
Within 30 days of intake, each resident has gained access to all qualified community resources, each playing its part in helping the individuals, families and veterans we serve to obtain self-sufficiency and improved quality of life. Some of these resources include food stamps, Medicaid, transportation, Veteran’s assistance, benefits assistance and much, much, more.
In addition, HEP operates several programs offering rental assistance to individuals and families in the community, including Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) in partnership with Pinellas County, administering Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) financial assistance for qualifying families at risk of homelessness. With these funds, we can assist eligible individuals and families at risk of homelessness with rental payments, move-in costs, security/utility deposits, and utility payments.
Finding Your Strength
"My daughters, twins Layla and Lilly (7) and Lorena (6), and I came to HEP last fall after being turned away from friends and family. The girls had previously lived with their mother, but when she was no longer able to care for them, I knew I had to step up. I have nothing but great things to say about HEP. It provided the help we needed exactly when we needed it. My family now lives in a beautiful apartment in Baty Villas, HEP's Permanent Supportive Housing for families. I own a tattoo shop in Pinellas Park and work six days a week. In addition to being a tattoo artist, I’m also an airbrush artist and was featured in an art show at the Dali Museum last spring. With the help of HEP, I’m able to concentrate on strengthening my family and growing my business."
Dione C., HEP resident, Baty Villa's permanent supportive housing for families