New Dawning Family Services housing solutions center aims to make homelessness rare, brief and one-time
A weak spot to land is what Nascent Family Services wants its new housing solutions center to be for families who are experiencing or at risk of becoming homeless.
For over 40 years, Dawning Family Services has served the Tampa Bay area community. He now works from a brand new headquarters in West Tampa thanks to a Hillsborough County-funded $2 million renovation project that transformed a former funeral home into a modern complex.
“This moment would not have been possible without the vision and leadership of the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners and the Affordable Housing team,” said Dawning Family Services CEO Mona Duffus. “With this new facility, we are able to increase our impact within our community and expand our services to more families who are having difficulty obtaining stable housing.”
Hillsborough County Affordable Housing provided Dawning Family Services with $2 million in Community Development Block Grants to complete major plumbing, HVAC and electrical work, and to create training rooms, computer labs and offices. The funds were also used to improve the parking lot, driveway, fencing, fire suppression and drainage systems, and other major projects that will allow for future expansion of the site.
The renovations will help the organization’s programs more effectively provide stability and sustainability to the people of Hillsborough County. Shamika Williams is just one example of the residents Dawning Family Services has a positive impact on. Williams found herself in need of help after escaping a domestic violence situation. Williams, who has been a certified practical nurse (CNA) for 17 years, contacted Dawning Family Services to help stabilize her recently disrupted life. The non-profit organization immediately stepped in to be the weak point for her and her three young children.
Dawning Family Services provided her and her children with safe and secure emergency housing in addition to comprehensive services, including daycare for her children and money to renew her CNA license so she could find a job to support his family. After going through the worst part of her life earlier this year, she credits Dawning Family Services as the reason she and her three children are now safe and happy.
“My children and I are tear-free and hungry,” Williams said. “I can only say how grateful I am for all you [Dawning Family Services] have done for me and my family.”
Dawning Family Services integrates programs and case management to create a personalized plan for each family it serves, just as they did for the Williams family. The myriad of services include safe and secure transitional housing, housing search programs, employment services, post-housing support, and prevention and diversion services.
In 2021, the nonprofit partner provided emergency transition housing to 292 women, men and children, served over 70 families with post-shelter support services, and served 96 families with post-shelter support services. rapid relocation.
“We are privileged to provide shelter and hope to the most vulnerable families in our community,” Duffus said. “We want to make homelessness rare, brief and unique for families in Hillsborough County, and we look forward to doing that with our funders, partners and community volunteers.