About Us

We create sustainable change in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable families.

Dawning Family Services incorporates programs and case management

to create a personalized plan for each family. The myriad services include:

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Safe and secure shelter

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Housing search programs

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Prevention & diversion services

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Rapid Re-Housing (RRH) assistance

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Post-shelter support to ensure a family’s continued housing stability

Dawning Family Services, formerly Alpha House of Tampa, has been serving the homeless since 1981. Until recently, we offered shelter and support services to only pregnant women and women alone with small children — the “maternity home” model. In 2018, our Board of Directors approved a new mission to reflect the agency’s desire to address the growing need we are witnessing to serve families beyond our historic core population. Our new mission is “We create sustainable change in the lives of our community’s most vulnerable families.”

In addition, Dawning Family Services is significantly stepping up efforts to serve the critical need that exists in our community to provide housing stability for all disenfranchised families. This involves increasing the number of our emergency shelter units, expanding the population we serve to include a broader range of family types, and launching a new prevention program to provide basic needs and essential supports. Our newly expanded services will include both residential (bridge housing emergency shelter) and non-residential (drop-in) services.