There are many homeless people in this economy. People who may have been your next door neighbor or who you knew from the community are finding they are short of being able to pay monthly bills. Today almost everyone knows of someone who has lost a job or lost their home. Homelessness has changed and many more people are in that situation and need help. Some of the Arizona shelters are reporting at 20% increase in people seeking help from them.
The Associated Press recently reported that there are approximately 25,000 homeless school children in Arizona. The numbers are said to be increasing.
Here are some of the larger agencies in Phoenix along with their contact information. Other groups exist through churches and other non-profits. Seek out those facilities near to you and give what you can. The needs are growing all the time. The people who are in need will be appreciative.
Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) – Phoenix – 602-256-6945
Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) is the largest shelter and service center for homeless people in Arizona, serving 6,000 men, women and children annually. CASS has two facilities. A downtown Phoenix serves shelter can serve 400 homeless men and women and a 30-unit apartment complex can house homeless families with children. Both operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
HomeBase Youth Services –Phoenix – 602-263-7773
There are thousands of Arizona kids living on the streets. Donations are gratefully accepted at the Dustin Center at 1301 E. Almeria, Phoenix AZ 85006.
Homeward Bound – Phoenix – 602-263-7654
Homeward Bound is recognized as the largest provider of transitional housing in Arizona. Homeward Bound owns and operates 162 housing units, which house as many as 595 people, more than 400 of whom are children. Homeward Bound assists families with a “hand up, not a handout.”
Lifeline can help provide crucial connectivity to families that would otherwise not be able to afford a mobile phone or landline. A great explanation of the program can be found on their website.