hope crest

What Is Hope Crest?

Hope Crest, a transitional living center of The Salvation Army, provides a bridge for families between homelessness and permanent housing.

Our two- and three-bedroom apartments provide a safe and secure home for families while The Salvation Army helps to get these neighbors in need back on their feet through counseling and life skills classes.

Having a real home with an address, even if it is shared with others, is not only the first step towards employment and independence, it is an important step towards self-respect and mental well-being. So many of our program participants have told us that after entering our shelter, they had the first deep sleep they’d had in months; some of them, in years.

What Does the Program Involve?

Motivation and discipline are key factors in becoming a successful participant in this program. While at Hope Crest, the Program Coordinator provides on-going case management services to the program participants. Participants must attend weekly meetings with the Program Coordinator during the first month, and twice per month thereafter (or more frequently as needed) to work on finances, goals, and any barriers that may hinder the successful completion of the program. Full financial disclosure and compliance without financial literacy program is mandatory.

All adult participants must maintain full-time employment while at Hope Crest, and must attend mandatory bi-weekly Life Skills classes. Program participants are provided supportive living arrangements at a cost of $300 per month for up to 6 months, as long as they are actively participating in and completing the requirements of Hope Crest.

Once the family has completed the necessary steps and is ready to leave Hope Crest for permanent housing, they will be given the opportunity to continue their work toward self-sufficiency through the Pathway of Hope program.

Program Eligibility:

Hope Crest has been designed to be of service to working families with minor children in their care who are experiencing homelessness, and have already been through a shelter program, OR have recently lost their housing due to unforeseeable circumstances, AND are ready to take the next toward self-sufficient living.

Individuals wishing to apply for Hope Crest must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a single parent or couple with minor children in your care.
  • Be employed full-time (all adults) at least 35 hours per week and on the job for no less than 30 days.
  • Have all children enrolled in school and/or daycare.
  • Have legal custody of all children.
  • Pass a Sheriff’s Department Criminal Background Check for all adults to screen out sex offenders.
  • Must be drug and alcohol free.


The Salvation Army
Contact: Laurie Smith or Jilliann Perez
1521 E. Druid Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
Phone: 727-446-4177, ext. 105
Email: UpperPinellas@uss.salvationarmy.org

Support the Hope Crest Program by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Donating to The Salvation Army for the Hope Crest program ensures that our programming can continue to help families in need across Clearwater and Upper Pinellas County.

To donate by mail, please make checks payable to The Salvation Army and send to:
The Salvation Army
Attn: Jessica Flores – Hope Crest
1625 N. Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765