Pinellas Hope started out as a temporary emergency shelter for over 250 homeless men and women, located in Clearwater on 20 acres provided by Bishop Robert N. Lynch and the Diocese of St. Petersburg. It opened its doors on December 1, 2007. Background checks are done on all the residents and case managers meet with them on a regular basis to set goals towards self-sufficiency. They also assist the residents with job and housing placement and perform follow up visits with them six months after they leave the shelter.
“We were only supposed to be open five months, but today, we remain open and continue to help the homeless get off of the streets.”
November 2014 Catholic Charities, Diocese of St. Petersburg announced they will be breaking ground for 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 immediately. 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.