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The Phoenix region is receiving $35.7 million dollars that will directly fund programs and services that help the homeless population.

Phoenix Region Receives $35.7 Million Grant to Aid in Homelessness Efforts
Where will those resources go?

Homelessness

The 2022 Homeless Point in Time Count provided a snapchat of the urgent need for resources to help individuals experiencing homelessness. People living on the streets in the Valley face incredible challenges they must overcome each and every day.

On the heels of this year’s count, which saw a 35% increase in unsheltered individuals since 2020, the Phoenix region is receiving $35.7 million dollars that will directly fund programs and services that help the homeless population overcome many of their barriers – especially to find permanent housing.

Mesa Mayor John Giles“I’m pleased to see this federal investment in programs and projects that help combat homelessness in our region,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, chair of the MAG Regional Council. “As rates of homelessness continue to rise in our communities, this is a critically important investment. This support helps in the development of effective solutions to get people into safe, stable housing,” Giles added.

Strengthening the Ability to Care for People

The Continuum of Care program grant money, provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will be funding critically needed support for local programs serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. That’s exactly $35,726,942 dollars that will help 32 existing local homelessness programs in the Greater Phoenix Area. 

“We know that housing is critical in ending homelessness. This award will help to strengthen the region’s ability to care for families, youth and individuals with no place to call home,” said Riann Balch, co-chair of the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Board.

What Are the Services?

The funding will support housing programs and infrastructure to ensure individuals and families can transition from homelessness. The funding includes:

  • 28 programs that provide housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Coordinated Entry projects to prioritize and place individuals and families in appropriate housing.
  • The Homeless Management Information System, a local information technology system used to collect data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
  • Funding for Continuum of Care planning.

The Maricopa Association of Governments staffs the Continuum of Care and develops the application for HUD on behalf of the region. 

MAG Continuum of Care HUD Award AZ 502 (PDF)

Published April 7, 2022

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