What is St. Petersburg Free Clinic Family Residence?
In February of 2013, the Free Clinic acquired property for the purpose of better serving homeless families. Working with the Juvenile Welfare Board, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares and Personal Enrichment for Mental Health Services (PEMHS), homeless families are referred to
the program. These families are provided intensive navigation services to overcome the barriers to obtain permanent housing.
St. Petersburg Family Residence operates as part of the Juvenile Welfare Board’s Family Service Initiative. Referrals for family assistance can be made to 2-1-1, where appropriate referrals will be made. The Family Residence does not accept any direct referrals for shelter or services.
Last year, 98 families received support from the Free Clinic Family Residence.
Joanne’s Words of Appreciation
“Being at the Family Residence didn’t feel like a shelter. It felt like home: something filled with love, comfort and stability to better yourself, and for that I want to say thank you. I never thought I would feel that much comfort from anyone. I never thought anyone cared enough to give me a second chance.