HOMELESSNESS INITIATIVES

Bridging people from homelessness to employment, safe housing, and spiritual community

The Portico Cafe

The Portico Cafe is a social enterprise that offers people transitioning from homelessness, addiction, and incarceration with job training, employment ladders, and connections to safe, affordable housing.

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Portico Housing Solutions

The Portico Workforce Housing (PWH) bridges people from homelessness to transformation through safe housing, mentoring, and spiritual support. We have two houses with a total of six beds. PWH is a partnership between Hyde Park United Methodist Church’s Open Arms Ministry and The Portico, Love INC of Metro Tampa and Second Half Properties, LLC.

Love INC

Love INC Love INC is housed on the third floor of the Portico, and is a network of churches, volunteers, and community organizations that work together to coordinate and provide help to struggling neighbors with basic needs – food, clothing, and longer-term responses, such as life skills, training and transitional housing programs.

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Homeless Memorial

A memorial wall lists the names of the people who have died on the streets of Tampa in the previous calendar year. People experiencing homelessness are often invisible to the community; and those who die don’t have a service and are forgotten. Every year a memorial service is done in January to ensure that they will be remembered and visible.

Homeless Jesus

The Homeless Jesus Sculpture is a visual reminder of the “least of these” in our society and that people often find the Divine in places that they least expect it. The Canadian sculptor Timothy P. Schmalz only allows one sculpture per city. Prominently placed at the south entrance of The Portico, it is a humble silhouette seeking obscured respite. The thought-provoking piece depicts an unidentified person, covered with a blanket, sleeping on a park bench. Those passing by don’t realize it is depicting Jesus until they take a closer look at the holes in his feet.

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