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Tampa shelter provides hope for long-term homeless

By Keith Morelli | Tribune Staff
Published: August 13, 2013

TAMPA — “Don't obsess. Talk about it. Then get back into the game.”

So says the hand-made poster hanging on the wall by Andrea Abdalla's single bed. The 41-year-old former office manager is holed up in Safe Place, a haven just north of downtown for homeless people with mental illnesses and substance abuse issues. She knows every day is a struggle with booze and pills; her salvation and destruction.