United States Interagency Council on Homelessness to provide technical assistance to MAG, Phoenix, Mesa, and Maricopa County
For Immediate ReleaseContact: Kelly Taft, MAG, 602-452-5020
PHOENIX (May 18, 2023)—The Maricopa region is teaming up with the White House and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) to participate in ALL INside, a first-of-its kind initiative to address unsheltered homelessness. (Watch the launch event live at 11 a.m. on YouTube highlighting Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Mesa Mayor John Giles)
As part of ALL INside, the region will partner with USICH and its 19 federal member agencies for up to two years to strengthen and accelerate our local efforts to reduce the number of people living on the streets and ensure individuals and families have a safe place to call home.
“Too many people nationwide are facing housing insecurity and homelessness, and it’s going to take all of us to arrive at additional workable solutions,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Phoenix has stepped up to lead on regional efforts that provide assistance to our community’s most vulnerable, from targeted shelters for veterans to free mental health care services, and much more. Of course, the work won’t and can’t stop there, which is why we are enthusiastic about working through federal channels such as the ALL INside Initiative to address homelessness across the Valley.”
“The experience of homelessness is unique to each individual and there is no one-size-fits-all solution,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles. “Mesa’s Community Court and Off the Streets Program are meeting people where they are and helping to break the cycle, getting people on a path to steady employment and stable housing. There is much work still to be done, and Mesa is pleased to work with the City of Phoenix and our region to address these issues. The federal commitment through the All In strategic plan is a more direct way to partner with the federal government on local solutions to address homelessness in Mesa and the region.”
ALL INside is part of All In: The Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, which set a bold goal to reduce homelessness by 25% by 2025 and ultimately build a country where every person has a safe and affordable home.
To accelerate ongoing efforts by local leaders, the Biden-Harris Administration will offer tailored support to participating communities for up to two years, including by:
Embedding a dedicated federal official in each community to accelerate locally-driven strategies and enact system-level changes to reduce unsheltered homelessness.
Deploying dedicated teams across the federal government to identify opportunities for regulatory relief and flexibilities, navigate federal funding streams, and facilitate a peer learning network across the communities.
Convening philanthropy, the private sector, and other communities to identify opportunities for follow-on support and collaboration leveraging the local work of the Pathways Home Regional Homelessness Action Plan.
In addition, the initiative seeks to address major barriers to housing, health care, and other support for people experiencing unsheltered homelessness, as mentioned in the ALL INside White House Fact Sheet and USICH Announcement released today.
"We have remarkable collaboration across the region in Maricopa County, as we come together to tackle homelessness and housing issues," emphasized Clint Hickman, District 4, who is chair of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors. "By harnessing the collective strength of partners including Phoenix, Mesa and MAG, Maricopa County has successfully mobilized over half a billion dollars from diverse funding sources toward initiatives that span the entire housing spectrum, effectively combating and preventing homelessness."