Last summer, two emergency shelters next to the Human Services Campus were shut down as dangerous and inhumane. Today, some 500 of the men and women who once slept on thin mats in shelters now have homes of their own, thanks to an approach called housing first. Instead of using housing as a carrot for the homeless, the goal is to get those people in housing as a first step to help end homeless. Amy Schwabenlender, vice president of community impact for the Valley of the Sun United Way, and Bruce Liggett, director of the Maricopa County Human Services Department, will tell us more about the housing-first approach.
Sitting or lying on public sidewalks is no longer allowed due to a recently enacted Tempe ordinance, impacting the homeless who relied on panhandling. The Downtown Tempe Authority has responded with fundraising efforts that will funnel money to social service agencies that help the homeless and others in need. Kate Borders, executive director of the Downtown Tempe Authority, will tell us more.
A report will be released June 13 that addresses the problems and issues faced by homeless youth. Ken Lynch of Tumbleweed Tempe Youth Resource Center, which provides help for homeless youth, will discuss the report
The annual Maricopa Association of Governments Point-in-Time homeless street count and shelter count will take place January 26. It’s an effort to learn more about the homeless people and families in Maricopa County. Brande Mead, human services manager of MAG, will tell us more.
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona provides services to kids living in group homes, treatment centers, child crisis centers and homeless shelters. Free Arts recently received a $250,000 grant to continue its work. Alicia Sutton Campbell, executive director of Free Arts, will tell us more about her organization.
Eight, Arizona PBS is airing a documentary, “The Homestretch,” on April 13 that follows the plight of three homeless teens as they struggle to stay in school. The Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development in Phoenix offers help to homeless youth with many issues, including job and education assistance. Cynthia Schuler, CEO of the Tumbleweed Center, will talk about what her organization offers.
An annual count of the homeless in the Phoenix area is being conducted. It’s part of a requirement to qualify for federal funding to help that population. It will be done by the Maricopa Association of Governments. Brande Mead of MAG will tell us more.
Experience Matters is a Phoenix organization that connects retired adults with non-profit groups that can benefit from their talents. Experience Matters CEO Nora Hannah will talk about what Experience Matters has to offer.
During the summer months, the need for emergency food supplies is affected by kids being out of school. St. Vincent de Paul has come up with a way to help the thousands of struggling families and the homeless. The campaign is called "Be a Summer Action Hero" and the effort encourages people to donate food and money to help St. Vincent de Paul. Shannon Clancy, development director for St. Vincent de Paul, and Beverly Damore, President and CEO of St. Mary’s Food Bank, will discuss efforts to keep people fed during the summer months.
A solar installation at the Phoenix Dream Center, an organization that provides help to the homeless, is the first phase in getting the charity off the grid. We take a look at the solar panel installation that will save the center over $100,000 in utility costs annually.
Circle the City Medical Respite Center is a place where the homeless in Phoenix can go to recover following treatment at a hospital instead of having to recover on the streets. The visionary behind the center, Sister Adele O’Sullivan, and Marisue Garganta, the director of Health Integration for St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center, will discuss Circle the City.
Valley artist Ann Morton talks about Street Gems of Arizona, a program sponsored by ASU’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, that gives homeless people an opportunity to earn money while creating art with found objects and recycled materials.
Homeless senior citizens find help daily at the Justa Center in downtown Phoenix. Executive Director of the Nonprofit Day Resource Center, Rev. Scott Ritchey, describes the Center’s unique mission and the challenges it faces.
In late April, about 160 volunteers scoured the streets of Phoenix, Glendale and Mesa in search of the Valley’s homeless. It’s part of Project H3, a national effort to place the most medically vulnerable homeless people into homes. Learn more about the project from Mattie Lord, State Homeless Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Economic Security; Michael Shore, President and CEO of HOM, Inc.; and Brad Bridwell, the Homeless Veterans Coordinator for the Arizona Department of Veterans Services.
Former State Schools Superintendent Lisa Graham Keegan talks about the current problems the District is having dealing with the Sandra Dowling fallout and the future of the Pappas Schools For the Homeless.
You might be shocked to find out what happened when Phoenix City Councilman Greg Stanton posed as a homeless person to try and better understand the plight of homelessness in the Valley. HORIZON marks National Hunger and Homelessness Week with a series of conversations with Stanton, Ginny Hildebrand, Executive Director of The Association of Arizona Food Banks and Bob Evans, Executive Director of United Food Bank about what we can all do to stem the tide of poverty and homelessness in our city.