June 28, 2022, SARASOTA, Fla. — An effective mental health and supportive-housing program for homeless adults in Sarasota will be expanding its work into Manatee County. Second Heart Homes recently purchased a property in Bradenton on June 9, expanding its program capacity to serve 43 men and women.
The timing of the expansion comes as homelessness is up 25 percent in Manatee County since September, and more than 65 percent of those are homeless for the first time.
Second Heart Homes’ high-touch, tailored-services approach sets it apart from other homelessness nonprofits by providing long-term housing and care that revives dignity, establishes stability, and teaches independence. Clients come to the organization based on their commitment to address their mental and physical health, remain sober and achieve personal goals toward self-sufficiency. Many later rejoin the community.
“Pandemic economic woes and runaway inflation have accelerated affordable housing and mental-health crises,” said Megan Howell, founder and executive director of Second Heart Homes. “Community support helped us rapidly extend our program to meet this urgent community need.”
The purchase of the new property was enabled by a $300,000 grant from Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation. Other community leaders came together quickly to support the purchase, too, Howell said.
“Tamara and Todd Currey and broker Craig Cerreta of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty helped us find the home and donated commissions towards closing costs. UNI Together’s Chad Gates also donated closing costs and pro bono legal services, while Art Avenue owner Paul Sykes gifted artwork and additional funds,” she said.
Since being founded in 2019, the organization has provided its clients with more than 10,000 nights of living off the street. This has helped alleviate the strain on emergency and other social services personnel to care for homeless individuals, as well as the prevalence of panhandling.
“Second Heart Homes has shown that its housing-first approach has helped many rebuild their lives while supporting effective mental health outcomes,” said Teri Hansen, president and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “They have made a positive mark in Sarasota, and we’re eager to see their impact on Manatee County.”
About Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation
The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation – a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Fla. Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research. For more information, visit barancikfoundation.org.
About Second Heart Homes, Inc.
Second Heart Homes is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides housing and critical support services to adult homeless residents with mental health issues. Second Heart Homes’ high-touch, tailored-services approach sets it apart from other homelessness nonprofits by providing long-term housing and care that revives dignity, establishes stability and teaches independence. Clients come to the organization based on their commitment to address their mental and physical health, remain sober and achieve personal goals toward self-sufficiency. Many later rejoin the community. Second Heart Homes was founded in 2019 and is based in Sarasota, Fla. For information and to donate, visit secondhearthomes.org.