12/1/2007: Pinellas Hope, a program of Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg opened on 10 acres of land provided by Bishop Robert N. Lynch and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. It was developed as a pilot program and expected to be open only five months.
9/7/2010: Bishop Lynch dedicated and blessed Pinellas Hope II. This expansion of the homeless shelter run by Catholic Charities Diocese of St. Petersburg with support from local and state governments includes a community center with permanent offices, kitchen, meeting rooms, and a covered dining area replacing temporary trailers. It also includes 80 apartments for permanent supportive housing as residents of Pinellas Hope prepare to return to regular housing.
Today: Pinellas Hope continues it’s mission on 20 acres of land to provide a safe living environment for homeless individuals and support to become self sufficient.
A Groundbreaking event November 19, 2014 was held for the next three phases of Permanent Supportive Housing for the Homeless. It was announced that they will be adding three phases of housing for the homeless. Anticipated completion is expected to be December 2015 and will add an additional five buildings with 76 permanent supportive apartments for the homeless in Pinellas County.
Construction with General Home Development Corporation (GHD) began in November 2014. Funding for this new housing came from HUD and Pinellas County for Phase III and Florida Housing Finance Corp will help finance Phase IV and V.
Pam Long, Director of Homeless and Veteran Services, is very excited about what the next phases will mean for the Pinellas Hope residents.
Long said, “The ongoing growth of this camp has allowed homeless adults to naturally and successfully transition from homelessness, to emergency shelter to permanent housing. With currently 80 units of permanent housing on site, we continually have a waiting list due to the vast need.”