Tampa Temporary Shelter

UPDATE: Camp Closed Wednesday June 3, 2020

We are proposing to team again with the City of Tampa to create a permanent shelter at a new location.

Below you will find…

Overhead view of camp

Story of how Hillsborough Hope began

Fact Sheet (highlights of camp details) | Donation Form

Our Needs List

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, in partnership with the City of Tampa, opened a temporary shelter (Hillsborough Hope) for homeless residents of Tampa on vacant land owned by Catholic Charities on March 30, 2020. Due to the risk posed by the coronavirus, city officials decided to relocate homeless residents in order to provide the best opportunity to care for them as the virus infects dramatically more people and food shortages intensify. The City of Tampa agreed to establish the shelter on a temporary basis for a period of 30-days. After the initial 30-day period, the shelter was extended until the end of May.

The camp closed on June 3rd. During the 65 days in operation, we served 210 homeless men and women and placed 76 of them into permanent housing. No residents tested positive for COVID-19.


“In Tampa, we help each other in times of need, and Hillsborough Hope is a perfect example. As we all stay safe at home, Hillsborough Hope, in coordination with Catholic Charities and a host of community partners, is providing shelter to 100 homeless individuals in our community that have no place to go. This incredible initiative is offering potentially life-saving resources like shelter, food, and a place to shower, to those that need them most, and it will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community” says Mayor Jane Castor. “The sooner we start taking care of each other, the sooner we can get through this together.”

Individual tents at the shelter will allow residents to maintain the required social distance. The City of Tampa is providing access to utilities, tents and other equipment as well as security by Tampa Police Department. Food will be provided through private donations and in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay.

According to Vanessa McCleary, Housing and Community Development Manager for the City of Tampa, “We are pleased to partner with Catholic Charities because of its’ expertise in providing shelter and supportive services to the homeless at its Pinellas Hope (Clearwater) shelter.”

In addition to the land, Catholic Charities will provide support personnel, including case managers, laundry trailers, a mobile laundromat and six portable toilets. BayCare Health will assist with health screenings.

“All parties have recognized the need to provide this important service to the homeless of Tampa and while unfortunate, the coronavirus crisis has proven to be the catalyst to make it happen,” said Margaret (Maggie) Rogers, Catholic Charities’ Executive Director. “We are grateful to the City of Tampa for their faith in our ability to replicate our work serving the homeless of Pinellas County.”

Overview – Fact Sheet

Catholic Charities ‘Hillsborough Hope’ Homeless Shelter

Foundation in partnership with the City of Tampa

First Day of Operation – Monday, March 30, 2020

Eligibility – Homeless adult men and women residing in the City of Tampa

Capacity – 100 tents (10-ft x 10-ft single occupancy)

Duration – 30 days (extended to May 30; June 5 est. close date)

Call 813-860-4193 for Housing Assistance

Operations Overview


– COVID-19 health-care screening; referred for testing if indicated

– Screened for sex-offender status; registered and entered into HMIS system

– Receive toiletries, anti-bacterial, water bottle, ID bracelet

– Mattress, linens, blanket and towel provided; socks, shoes and clothing available


– 2 shower trailers

– 1 mobile laundromat

– 10 portable toliets

– 2 wash stations

Safety & Security

– Security provided by Tampa Police Department (TPD)

– Portable Tower Security Lights

– Emergency access address below ‘road’ (TFD/EMTs) and six (6) fire extinguishers


– 3 daily meals


Online: Hillsborough Hope

Text: novelcorona to 91999

Mail: Catholic Charities | Processing Office | PO Box 40200, St. Petersburg, FL 33743-0200

Goods: Mon/Wed/Fri | 10am-2pm | 2021 E. Busch Blvd. Tampa, FL

THANK YOU to our Supporters

Ashley Home Store | Bay Linen Co. | BDG Architects | Caspers Company | Catholic Charities USA | Corpus Christi Catholic Church | Feeding Tampa Bay (Trinity Cafe) | Golf Car Depot (Land O’ Lakes) | Metropolitan Ministries | Oman Construction LLC | Smith Fence | Sacred Heart Catholic Church | St. Lawrence Catholic Church | St. Timothy’s Catholic Church | Yellow Rooster Coffee Imports | Barista Coffee USA LLC | Jamco | Feed the Children | American Trucking Associations (ATA) | Forest Hills Presbyterian Church | Little Greek Fresh Grill


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