More than $33 million in newly awarded federal funding will help the Maricopa region provide housing and services to people experiencing homelessness. This award will help to strengthen the region’s ability to care for families, youth and individuals with no place to call home.
“This funding goes toward permanent housing and supportive services for our most vulnerable community members, those experiencing homelessness. We know that housing is critical in ending homelessness, and this award helps us continue our mission of reducing the trauma of homelessness in our communities,” said Community Solutions’ Phoenix Systems Advisor Tamara Wright, who is co-chair of the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Board.
On January 29, 2021, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Continuum of Care program grant funding to help end homelessness and provide critically needed support to local programs serving individuals and families experiencing homelessness. The Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care award of $33,039,654 million provides funding for 31 local homelessness programs.
The funding will support the following:
- 31 programs that provide housing and services for individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
- $855,158 for the Coordinated Entry project to prioritize and place individuals and families in appropriate housing.
- Funding for Continuum of Care planning and implementing the Homeless Management Information System, a local information technology system used to collect data on the provision of housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness.
The Maricopa Association of Governments staffs the Continuum of Care and develops the application for HUD on behalf of the region.
The Continuum of Care is made up of representatives from the public sector, private sector and nonprofit organizations. The Continuum of Care Board assumes responsibility for the development and submission of the annual coordinated grant application for the HUD Continuum of Care homeless assistance funds.