What does homelessness
Arizonans are receiving emergency food boxes a week in Arizona.
than 14,000 Arizonans experience homelessness each day.
of Arizona’s homeless population are children and teens.
one year, the working poor in Arizona have seen a 10% increase in costs to
maintain basic living necessities such as food, shelter and clothing.
50% of the homeless are women, children or families.
fastest growing segment of the homeless population is families with children.
of children living in homeless families are under the age of 6.
of the single adult population suffers from some form of severe or persistent
least 40% of the adult homeless population has an addiction disorder.
of homeless men are US veterans.
WHAT MAKES THE
Social Services are so broken and with so
much red tape that someone must navigate can seem impossible and is
overwhelming. Homeless individuals have
to work hard to regain their independence- but they have no real resources and
transportation to make it all happen.
Once an individual is homeless, or is on the brink of becoming homeless,
the downward moment takes a hold of them and simply just sucks them in. On any given day there are hundreds in our
communities that face this future.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
We can create
more awareness by leading conversations in our communities on this topic. Every community is experiencing some form of
homelessness concerns and we need to have open and honest conversations about
what we can and cannot do and bridge the gaps.
Develop a “Project
Hope” type of service day where the specific needs of homeless, or at risk,
individuals are met. Homeless needs are different in many ways than working
poor families. These Project Hope sites would cater to the individuals that are
struggling with actual homelessness.
for more coordination of wrap around services
WHAT ARE THE HURDLES
ACCESS TO SERVICES
Pinal County is so big that bringing services to all parts of
the county will be a challenge. This same distance that is a struggle for
agencies is a mammoth of a mountain for a homeless individuals. A lack of access to technology also makes
seeking assistance difficult. The United
Way is working on developing
several Project Connect sites around the county
RE-ENTRY INTO CIVILIAN LIFE
Individuals that have
served prison terms are at much higher risk of becoming homeless. Their journey to acclimate back into post
prison life is much harder than it may seem.
Usually there are underlying addictions that need to be contended with,
fines and penalties that need to be paid to the court, probation terms to be
satisfied all with little society and sometimes family support. Many prisoners feel rejected by society upon
release and struggle with mental health issues.
It is difficult to find employment with a criminal record and beginning
a new chapter in their life sometimes eludes them.
WHAT ARE WE DOING?
Facilitating Homeless Coalitions in communities where we are
Bringing the right community partners and agencies together to
find solutions to root concerns
Advocate for accurate winter/summer counts so that proper grant
funding can be obtained to help agencies respond to community need
Creating intercounty connectivity with neighboring counties to
find, adapt and implement solutions that could impact people’s lives for the
Cents4Change roundup program that allows community members to
roundup at the register to donate to community specific efforts to address
Advocating for more effective post prison transition management
services and supports
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