Salvation Army offers safe space for homeless in Seminole Heights

Busing people in need to downtown Tampa shelter
Posted at 12:54 AM, Nov 16, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-16 00:54:13-05

As the search for a potential serial killer intensifies in Seminole Heights, a local non-profit is working to further protect some of the area's most vulnerable people. 

The Salvation Army is now helping transport homeless people from Seminole Heights to its downtown shelter. 


All Vanessa Morris wants is a safe place to sleep at night. 

"Scared, worried, thinking what can happen," said the mother of two. "If we don't know who the person is, me personally, I'm going to be worried because I have to look over every corner just to know."

The Salvation Army's 110-bed shelter is now at capacity. Officials tell ABC Action News, they are seeing an increase in housing needs for the homeless.

"We've made some extra room for people from Seminole Heights who might be staying on the street, maybe are in a difficult situation," said Capt. Andy Miller. 

People in Seminole Heights with  no place to go are encouraged to stop by The Salvation Army's Worship and Service Center, located at 1100 W. Sligh Avenue. 

"We don't want people to feel unsafe outside right now because of the challenges in Seminole Heights," said Capt. Andy Miller. 

A bus will take them to the emergency shelter in downtown Tampa. 

"I'm very thankful and grateful," said Morris. 

The emergency shelter is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone in need.