While direct financial aid is not available, the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness is a leading advocate in the state and they work with dozens of partner agencies. Many of those non-profit partners may offer assistance to those facing eviction or the currently homeless, including pro-active emergency rental assistance. The different types of programs administered are noted below, however the specifics of each agency will vary based on funding levels and other factors.
Prevention is offered from a wide variety of programs and housing solutions. Examples of them include Homeless Prevention and Rapid Rehousing (HPRP), Emergency Food and Shelter, Government Funding, or the Emergency Solution Grant. These were created in an effort help households in Arizona who would become homeless if they do not get any assistance.
The terms of each resource and agency will vary. However, in general, the prevention programs from various charities and non-profits provide short-and medium-term assistance to those facing homelessness. Other services are offered as well, including funds to pay security deposits, relocation costs, or utility deposits. Additional housing relocation and stabilization services may include case management, outreach, housing location services, free legal aid, and credit repair or counseling.
The currently homeless can look into Rapid Re-housing. This is one of the most promising approaches from the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness and its partners. It is beneficial to families with children, seniors, as well as the disabled.
Re-housing involves moving currently homeless families from emergency shelter into longer term, low income housing quickly. Even more important, case managers help with offering stability once they are housed in their new home or apartment. As part of this process, short-term financial assistance is offered for costs such as security deposits, and this helps with the transition.
Case management and follow up assistance is available from non-profits in accessing employment and mainstream services. This also touches upon money management and credit repair. When families are stably housed and receive ongoing support, in general everything else in their lives falls into place.
The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness has information on shelters. They are located in almost all towns, urban areas and cities across the state. The short term, emergency shelters are often the first access point of housing and other assistance for individuals and families that were recently evicted or that are currently experiencing homelessness.
While capacity is limited, families and individuals may be able to find and move into emergency shelters in a variety of ways depending upon their circumstances and location. Note that in some cases the Arizona shelters serve a specific segment of the population such as families with children or single adults.
Referrals to the centers can also be provided from behavioral health systems, churches, local law enforcement or hospitals, or non-profits such as the Salvation Army. In addition to that, family advocacy centers and domestic violence agencies in Arizona also serve as key points of referral to any one of the emergency shelter programs.
Some of what may be offered to those that qualify includes a place to sleep in the shelter for a few months. Guests will usually be able to enroll into case management services. They can address needs such as income, employment, nutrition, and also help stabilize conditions such as mental health or some type of medical care. Key Coalition partners on the shelters include Continuum of Care non-profit agencies.
Also get help in the creation of a case plan which includes securing appropriate income from a job, or maybe from public benefits such as TANF or SSDI disability. Social workers will help guests on finding transitional and then also permanent housing. Other common activities offered by shelters and in partnership with agencies such as the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness include engaging in mainstream resources, address legal issues, or securing or replacing identification cards. Even families with children will often be connected with childcare programs and schooling in Arizona.
Transitional housing is more of a midterm solution. It was created to provide support services, including temporary housing, to homeless individuals and families for up to 2 years. It will, among other things, facilitate movement to independent living over the long term. The exact types of assistance and social services within an Arizona transitional housing program vary depending on the individual or family and the specific challenges they are facing.
Clients will be provide guidance and help from a case manager after they are placed into transitional housing. An intake will occur as well as an assessment of their needs. In addition to that, a case plan unique to each individual or family's needs is developed.
Note that many non-profits develop a transitional housing program for a certain segment of the population. This may include Youth/Young adults, Veterans, low income families, single men or woman, or victims of Domestic Violence.
Services provided by the agencies, in partnership with government affiliated groups such as the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, include employment services, substance abuse programs, educational and job training, free childcare, transportation to work, and financial/budget assistance.
Permanent supportive housing is offered in the form of income based apartments and homes. The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness will ensure that the housing offered to low income families or the working poor is safe, clean, and affordable. It will also be permanent. Some units are for the disabled or elderly in the region.
Social services offered to tenants in the permanent homes include self-sufficiency support. Much of this is touched upon above, but again, examples of the services are counseling, education, financial literacy training, job training, and access to government benefits.
For referrals to resources across the state of Arizona, dial 1-800-352-3792. Many of the agencies that offer help will be partners of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.
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