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PHOENIX (Dec. 8, 2021) – For the first time, local and tribal governments have rallied around a single plan to respond to homelessness in the region. “Pathways Home, the Regional Homelessness Action Plan for Local and Tribal Governments,” was unanimously approved today by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council. A press conference on regional homelessness efforts is planned for 1 p.m. at Urban Living on 2nd Avenue, 650 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix (SW corner 2nd Ave/McKinley) on the 2nd floor.
December 9, 2021

Local Governments Unite to Reduce Homelessness

MAG Regional Council votes to implement regionwide action plan

For Immediate ReleaseContact: Kelly Taft, MAG, 602-452-5020

PHOENIX (Dec. 8, 2021) – For the first time, local and tribal governments have rallied around a single plan to respond to homelessness in the region. “Pathways Home, the Regional Homelessness Action Plan for Local and Tribal Governments,” was unanimously approved today by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Regional Council. A press conference on regional homelessness efforts is planned for 1 p.m. at Urban Living on 2nd Avenue, 650 N. 2nd Avenue, Phoenix (SW corner 2nd Ave/McKinley) on the 2nd floor.

“This is a monumental step for the region in creating lasting change,” said MAG Regional Council Chair John Giles, mayor of Mesa. “Homelessness doesn’t start and stop at the boundaries of our respective cities and towns, and I’m proud that we’ve made this commitment to working together on a coordinated regional response. While there is much work still to be done, the Pathways Home plan provides a framework that empowers our local and tribal governments to take the next steps together.”

The plan, which has a target goal of reducing homelessness by 25 percent by 2027, comes at a critical juncture. Arizona has the fastest growth in homelessness of anywhere in the country, with a nearly 10 percent increase. In just one year, the MAG region has seen a 12 percent increase in homelessness overall and an 18 percent increase among those not in shelter.

“We have taken an important first step today, but there is much more to be done,” said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, who serves as MAG treasurer. “Our success demands we collectively measure and cooperatively implement improvements, commit to infrastructure investments, and include an array of choices with equitable access. I look forward to working with my regional partners in tackling this crisis.”

The plan calls for a range of options to create a balanced housing portfolio. This includes temporary housing, permanent housing with supportive services, and attainable housing. This range will ensure that people have access to housing at all income and ability levels.

Every community can do its part, and so can every resident. Here are a few ways to help:

The plan will launch in January with support from public, private and nonprofit partners.

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