Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced a plan to distribute nearly $6 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant program to organizations that support Arizonans in need, combat homelessness, and help ensure families and individuals keep a roof over their heads.
The ESG program provides funding to engage homeless individuals and families in helpful programs and services; improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families; help operate these shelters; rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families; and prevent families and individuals from becoming homeless.
“We want all Arizonans to have access to resources that keep them safe and help them thrive,” Mr. Ducey stated in a release. “These dollars will go toward shelter for domestic violence victims and families in need, services for pregnant women, programs leading to independent living, support for kids in out-of-home care and more. I am grateful to the men, women and organizations working to support Arizonans in need. My thanks also to the Department of Housing and Urban Development for this Emergency Solutions Grant funding to provide aid throughout the state.”
A total of $4.35 million of the funding will be distributed to shelters, programs and services that help homeless individuals and families throughout Arizona:
“We are humbled to have been chosen for this relief funding. As frontline workers, we have been greatly impacted by the virus but we remain faithful and steadfast in our work for the homeless,” stated Lisa Chastain, CEO of Gospel Rescue Mission at the Center of Opportunity. “This funding will help us continue the work at the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity. We appreciate the leadership and support from the Governor’s Office in these uncharted waters.”
A total of $1.6 million of the funding will be distributed to services and programs that work to prevent homelessness in Arizona:
“We appreciate the support of the State of Arizona,” stated Major David Yardley, The Salvation Army Southwest Division General Secretary and State Capital Liaison Officer. “This funding will help The Salvation Army provide aid to Arizonans in need who face economic hardships every day.”
Additionally, Mr. Ducey in May announced $300,000 in grant funding from the Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund to organizations providing Arizonans in need with rental assistance, telehealth and transportation to health services. The funding recipients, St. Vincent de Paul and Open Hearts, will use the funding to help vulnerable populations avoid eviction and access services needed to preserve health.