The Bridging Families Program
The Bridging Families Program works to stabilize families experiencing housing crisis by providing them with a safe environment to reside while they work to find more stable housing in the community. SVDP, locates families in partnership with the Juvenile Welfare Board and Personal Enrichment through Mental Health Services (PEMHS), Directions for Living and the City of St. Petersburg and referred by 211.
Screened by a family specialist, families are linked to a navigator who assesses their situation and immediately places them into shelter at the Center of Hope so long as they meet the eligibility criteria of the program. The navigator will meet with the family within 24 business hours of entry to conduct a self-sufficiency matrix, which will help determine the needs of the household and link them to appropriate resources in the community (i.e. transportation, childcare, mainstream benefits, employment, and housing). The navigator will also work with the family to develop a customized stability plan that will best utilize their time in the shelter. Homeless families can stay in the shelter for up to 30 days while they work to find more stable housing in the community. During their stay, they are provided with three meals a day and the support and guidance needed to help them reach their goals.
**If you are a family in need of services, please call 727-823-2516.
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