Pasco County Homeless Shelter to be built

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Photos:  Metropolitan Ministries

Pasco County officials, state lawmakers and Metropolitan Ministries officials dig in to start construction of a new shelter to house homeless families and provide services to help them get back on their feet.  Groundbreaking was on January 26, 2015 for “Miracles for Pasco.”  The new complex is expected to open this Fall.

According to Metropolitan Ministries, 65,000 people live below the poverty line in Pasco County. Some 3,305 people are homeless on any day and 2,400 enrolled students are homeless or at risk of being without a place to stay in Pasco County.

Metropolitan Ministries says since July 2014, more than 700 homeless families have contacted them. The new complex modeled after MM’s Miracle Place in Tampa will provide housing for homeless families with children and offer comprehensive programs such as job training, financial counseling,  employment and educational services.

The new 8,730 square foot building will have a Family Resource Center, Community Rooms, 24 apartments for 24 families and 75 children when it’s all completed. A new dining fall opened last September.  Families will stay 3 to 6 months at “Miracles for Pasco.”

“This is a critical response to the crisis of family homelessness in Pasco. Up until now, all we could offer these families were basic services.  Now we will be able to provide them a safe place to call home, hot meals. and evidence-based practices in case management leading to self-sufficiency,” said Tim Marks, Metropolitan Ministries and CEO, in a news release.

The two-phase project is funded by a $1 million dollar grant awarded by state lawmakers and $600,000 from Pasco County’s federal Community Development Block Grant.

For more information, contact Justine Burke, MM’s Director of Marketing and Communications at Justine.burke@metromin.org or 813-449-3114 (cell).

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