Services and Programs
The Clearwater Homeless
Intervention Project ("CHIP") opened the CHIP Center doors
in April of 1998. The CHIP program has touched and impacted many lives
by assisting those individuals who have found themselves in the "ranks"
of the homeless.
Philosophy: The philosophy of CHIP is that no one should have to suffer through homelessness, and that homelessness can be ended person by person. Further, CHIP believes that the homeless do not wish to be pitied, rather they need a hand up through the provision of services and the social tools that will lead them to a higher level of independence and permanent housing.
CHIP meets homelessness
face to face by providing a multiplicity of services. At
the CHIP Center, homeless will find:
What’s more, for those who have made the decision to do what it takes to move from the streets into a new independent lifestyle, The CHIP Shelter program offers safe domicile and an extensive program of goal setting and achievement which leads to permanent housing and a new life.
Once an individual committed to the Shelter program, they establish a personalized regimen that includes:
The duration of residency is determined by achievement of one's own personalized goals. Once these goals are met, individuals "graduate" and are on their way to permanent, independent living.
More than just a shelter, CHIP works to bring all the resources of the community to bear on homelessness. A biweekly Team Case Conference made up of many area service providers pool their resources and devise plans to move individuals along a continuum of care toward independent living.
Further, the CHIP Advisory Board continues to monitor the effectiveness of homeless programs, discovers gaps in services which perpetuates homelessness, and works to create new services to address all concerns of the homeless and the community at large.
Finally, through its close association with the Clearwater Police Department, CHIP holds the homeless to a high standard of accountability and responsibility while offering a positive and humane solution to their homeless situation.
Emergency Shelter Program:
During the past program year (10/1/02 -
Program: The CHIP Day Center is open everyday and has an average
of 100 individuals utilizing services daily throughout the year. This
year, 2,692 adult males, 725 adult females and 11 children have
Program Staffing: The CHIP Center is staffed with social service professionals including a Program Director, Shelter Services Coordinator; Shelter Services Assistants, and Intake Counselors. These people put in many hours and dedication to serve others and insure that the CHIP program really works!