Housing and help from A New Leaf-Mesa Community Action Network.

Most of the programs that are administered by the New Leaf-Mesa Community Action Network focus on housing. This includes shelter, information on eviction prevention and rental assistance programs, and other support for the homeless, such as case management and free food. Some of the main resources are noted below.

Families with children can use the La Mesita Family Homeless Shelter. Not only will a small number of families get a place to stay, but several other services are offered to them. They include Case Management, clothing, food, and basic items. The center also serves as an access point for Maricopa County Workforce Connections. Note that the La Mesita is the only emergency shelter in the East Valley of the Mesa Arizona region. Address is 651 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler, AZ 85225, dial (480) 834-8723.

Domestic violence victims can also get help and access to housing. Resources are available from the East Valley based Autumn House Domestic Violence Shelter as well as the Faith House, which is in the West Valley. The shelters can provide emergency services along with the potential for more longer term transitional housing. It is for victims and their children as well. Clients can get access to childcare, a 24-hour crisis hotline, counseling from New Leaf-Mesa Community Action Network and educational classes, free meals, safe housing, and basic needs.

Outreach and case management is administered and will empower guests. Issues addressed by MesaCAN include safety planning, co-dependency, free legal aid on DV laws, communication, and more.

DV STOP is very short term shelter for victims of domestic violence and their children. This is only a place for them to stay while they wait for more longer term facilities. Other support includes crisis intervention and case management as well as basic needs. Call 1 (800) 799-7739 or (602) 263-8900.

If you need legal aid, then MesaCAN can coordinate Domestic Violence Court Advocates. This is for anyone who is a victim sexual assault or domestic violence. They can get help with Legal proceedings including protective orders, Court accompaniment, and referrals. Or those that need a place to stay or that are facing eviction can get referrals to non-profit rent programs. Some of the places to call for help include Mesa Municipal Court (480) 768-8106 as well as the Family Violence Prevention Center, NE Region, Phoenix (602) 372-7605. Or call the Glendale City Court at (623) 764-0747.




Additional housing support is from the Family Advocacy Centers. The program provide a wide range of services including legal, police and medical support to victims of abuse. These Centers are run by counselors from MesaCAN - A New Leaf. Clients can get counseling, information on eviction prevention, and other support. Call the Glendale Advocacy Center at (623) 930-3453, Southwest Family Advocacy Center, Goodyear (phone (623) 333-7939) or dial the Mesa Center Against Family Violence at (480) 644-4066.

Transitional and low rent housing is part of the New Leaf's La Mesita Apartments. This is a service enriched affordable housing unit that is located in Mesa, Arizona. There are dozens of units of affordable, safe and low income housing. It is for those that were evicted and some apartments are for the chronically homeless or disabled. The apartments were created with the support of other businesses and agencies such as the Arizona Department of Housing, RAZA Development Fund and Utah Community Reinvestment Corporation, Architectural Resource Team, and others. Dial 480.969.5233.

Clients of these apartments will gain other case management from New Leaf-Mesa Community Action Network (MesaCAN). This will include information on job training and support services, programs to pay the first months rent on a new home when ready to move, and other assistance for the chronically homeless.

For more information on their services, the A New Leaf-Mesa Community Action Network is located at 635 E. Broadway, Mesa, Arizona 85204. Main number is (480) 833-9200.




By Jon McNamara

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