10 Year Plan
Places for People - The Tampa/Hillsborough 10-year Plan to End Homelessness
In 2002, Hillsborough County was one of the first communities in the nation to develop a 10-year plan. The Places for People was introduced in 2002 and identified a handful of long-term, proven solutions to helping homeless people in our community.
The plan's recommendations to increase access to housing and shelter in the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County are to:
1. Create a Homeless Customer Services Program that coordinates intake and assessment collaboratively, while creating an accurate database in real time on homelessness/low income housing and shelter space availability.
2. Develop H.E.L.P. (Hillsborough Emergency Lodging Program) Shelters to stabilize families while they wait to get into a mainstream program.
3. Develop a H.E.L.P. Shelter to stabilize single homeless while they wait to get into mainstream programs.
4. Develop a Recuperative Care Center for homeless persons who are released from hospitals; a facility to recuperate with medical support before they return to the streets.
5. Create incentives to develop Permanent Supportive Housing: Small facilities with services for the chronically homeless. Monitor quality of services, facilities, and outcomes.
6. Assist with permanent housing by using â€śHousing Firstâ€ť as the main way to addressing homelessness. Assist the Tampa Housing Authority, City of Tampa, and Hillsborough County to prioritize development of very low-income housing (30% of median income and below). As a budgeted priority, and endorse the National Housing Trust Fund.
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