Steps Forward is a not-for-profit organization committed to helping solve the chronic homeless problem. Steps Forward adheres to the Housing First methodology: provide housing first, and then combining that housing with supportive treatment services in mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment.
Steps Forward began its “housing first’’ strategy in 2013 with the purchase and renovation of the Cypress Landing apartments in Tampa, which provides permanent housing for chronically homeless residents. On November 1, 2022, Steps Forward was presented the Tampa Hillsborough Homeless Initiative (THHI) Award given to an organization who continues to drive down homelessness and create transformational change in the Hillsborough community.
Since inception, Steps Forward has acquired and renovated over 150 units. Shepard Capital Partners provides financial management support to Steps Forward on a volunteer basis.
For more information on Steps Forward and their mission, please visit https://housing1st.org/.