Pathways Home

Pathways Home - A Regional Action Plan for Local & Tribal Governments

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.

Local and tribal governments created this action plan with community partners to build a stronger regional infrastructure to address homelessness. This plan represents a starting point to build a strong foundation for impactful change throughout the region on an ongoing basis. Ongoing evaluations of progress will identify new actions to further reduce homelessness through a concerted regional approach.

Pathways Home (PDF) – A Regional Homelessness Action Plan for Local and Tribal Governments

 
 
 

The Pandemic and Homelessness

Increasing rates of homelessness, decreasing supplies of affordable housing, emerging crises like the pandemic, and persistent challenges such as mental health issues and substance use have all contributed to the urgency felt throughout the region to intensify collective action to address homelessness.

The pandemic has worsen the problems that our communities face, presenting a regional challenge that requires regional strategies and solutions. The federal eviction moratorium, which ended in August 2021, kept thousands of our region’s households from housing instability. According to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, 20 percent of renters are at risk of homelessness as a result of the moratorium being lifted.

Read the full Pathways Home a Regional Homelessness Action Plan

Working Together - Real Change, Not Spare Change.

This plan represents the first time local and tribal governments of all sizes have come together to address homelessness with a robust, regional approach. Extensive data analysis and community engagement with more than 1,500 people from diverse perspectives resulted in the development of this plan and the three action steps.

  • Commit to work regionally to reduce homelessness.
  • Increase safe housing options.
  • Support diverse partnerships to address homelessness.