News reports – online, in print or broadcast – constantly show the impact of homelessness on the downtown streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle and Portland. You don’t see that in downtown Phoenix largely because of the Human Services Campus.
And the challenges will grow as the population grows, rents continue increasing, there is an ongoing shortage of affordable housing and the eviction rate climbs. The inflow of people into homelessness isn’t stopping.
Adding more shelter beds is a first step and short-term solution.
HSC and our partners support local planning and advocacy efforts to prevent homelessness and increasing housing options for people across Maricopa County.
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego has expressed her likely support for the additional beds as part of an overall effort to develop a regional approach to addressing the issue. There is significant interest in and growing support for a broad, collaborative regional strategy to address homelessness across Maricopa County and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has announced a first-ever convening of Maricopa County mayors to design a regional plan.