St. Petersburg Free Clinic has acquired ASAP Family Services property, which closed its doors due to lack of sustainable funding. Acquisition of ASAP is a natural fit with the mission, values and culture of St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Homeless families are in great need, and the Free Clinic’s history is that of an organization that is flexible in meeting the greatest needs as they arise in the St. Petersburg community.
The Free Clinic will establish a housing program in conjunction with the Juvenile Welfare Board and 211 Tampa Bay, with the goal of moving families from homelessness to permanent housing. The Free Clinic will be responsible for staffing the housing facility and for the maintenance, safety, and security of the property.
The ASAP property has a Community Development Block Grant mortgage through the City of St. Petersburg, which the Free Clinic has assumed with the City Council’s approval. The mortgage will be forgiven in 2015 if the property is continued in use for the homeless.
The Homeless Leadership Board, St. Petersburg city staff , and Juvenile Welfare Board are supportive of St. Petersburg Free Clinic’s acquisition of ASAP Family Services property.