Help us expand our program to women!

Help us expand our program to women!

Did you know? Almost half of all women who are homeless also have a major depressive disorder— twice the rate of all other women. And women are more likely than men to experience trauma, assault, PTSD and premature death when they do not have stable housing. (Buckner, Beardslee, & Bassuk, 2004.) Second Heart Homes is working to change this! We recently had the opportunity to place two duplex properties under contract for our first women’s mental health housing program. We are looking for generous-hearted supporters interested in funding this major step forward for the community.

Please contact Megan Howell, founder and executive director, for more information about this exciting opportunity: or 941-201-9353.

What We Do

Second Heart Homes is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing permanent housing to those with mental disabilities who have experienced or are at-risk of homelessness. Our goal is to provide long-term solutions that revive dignity and enhance quality of life through self-sufficiency.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness estimates that 1 out of 4 homeless adults in the US suffer from serious mental disabilities. This group of homeless are overlooked. Despite all the government and private money used to combat homelessness, there has been no viable path to housing. They have no options but to continue roaming the streets, sick and without support, resulting to anything it takes to survive.

Our solution is the Second Heart Program. We provide housing with daily supportive services that are tailored to the specific needs of our clients. These services help individuals identify and reach their goals. Our support ultimately gets people off of the street and into a safe place they can call home.

Who We Help

Our services are for the mental health and homeless community of Sarasota, Florida. The demographic we serve are vulnerable individuals at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. Some common contributing factors to homelessness and barriers to housing include:

  • Mental Disabilities
  • Trauma
  • Absent Support System
  • Substance Abuse
  • Low Income
  • Criminal Records
  • Eviction
  • Foreclosure

The reality of this demographic is that they need continued support even when barriers are removed, and housing is obtained.



The goals of these programs are to get people off the street, enhance quality of life by providing stability and services and to foster the highest attainable level of self-sufficiency.
Our programs are powered by the generous donations from our community. want to make an impact in the community? Please donate and change lives. Your contribution will help get people off the street and into the lives they deserve.