As Dorothy says, “There’s no place like home.” Why is home such a special place? It provides us with safety, security and shelter from the elements. It is where we rest and recharge. It’s the place where we keep all our stuff. Our clothes are there; maybe a TV, books and other things we use to entertain ourselves. It’s where we eat and nourish ourselves. It’s the platform from which we achieve healthier lives, better educational outcomes and employment opportunities. At the end of the day, though, home is special because of the people there. Whether that is our family, our neighbors or the larger community around us. The people in our lives and our relationships with them enrich and strengthen our home, making it the special place that it is.
Our little team at HOM isn’t so little anymore. We’ve been fortunate to work with our community partners to expand permanent housing solutions to homelessness in Maricopa County in the past couple of years and have expanded our team as a result. You can find a directory of all of our team members and their areas of responsibility at http://www.hominc.com/hom-inc-team.html. Every team needs strong and effective leadership, and we’re excited to share with you some updates on our leadership team at HOM. Read more
We are proud to partner with A New Leaf Cottages to bring 18 new units of permanent supportive housing to Mesa in Desert Leaf Apartments. This project was made possible through a unique regional collaboration between the cities of Phoenix and Mesa.
Permanent supportive housing is an innovative and proven solution that combines affordable housing with services that help people who face the most complex challenges to live with stability, autonomy and dignity (Corporation for Supportive Housing). Read more
This post was originally written for the National Alliance to End Homelessness blog.
As communities redouble their efforts to achieve the goals of Opening Doors, one thing is abundantly clear: we need all hands on deck to truly end homelessness in this country.
This includes our partners at public housing agencies (PHAs) both as providers of mainstream housing resources and as key collaborators within our existing systems of care. As we continue to focus on permanent solutions like permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing strategies, we must expand the tools and resources available to support these efforts. This includes broadening and deepening our connections with our PHA partners. Read more
On the morning of Super Bowl Sunday while most Americans are gearing up to enjoy the big game, 25 homeless Veterans in Phoenix are attending a housing briefing to receive a voucher for rental assistance for an apartment of their choice in the community. These 25 men and women were among the 1,266 Veterans that received services at the Arizona StandDown Friday through Sunday, February 3-5, at the Phoenix Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Arizona StandDown is an annual three day event that brings together the Valley’s homeless and at-risk military veterans to connect them with services in one location. Available services include VA health care and mental health services, clothing, meals, IDs and drivers licenses, court services and legal assistance, showers and haircuts, emergency shelter, transitional and permanent housing and much more. Read more
I can remember the first time I was introduced to People First Language. I was at a mental health conference when a panelist described our state legislature as schizophrenic. A gentleman that I did not know at the time stepped up to the microphone in the audience and stated rather firmly that the characterization was offensive. No, it wasn’t one of our esteemed state legislators! Read more
When Project H3: Home, Health, Hope launched in April 2010, several members of our HOM, Inc. team volunteered to conduct surveys of persons experiencing street homelessness between 4 and 6 AM for three straight days. Following the survey days, at the community briefing where the results of the survey efforts were announced, the HOM, Inc. team took our commitment up a notch. We volunteered to collect and donate all of the items that would turn an empty “apartment” into a “home” for one of the participants in Project H3. Read more
HOM, Inc. is currently working on a new initiative seeking to reduce chronic homelessness. The project is a collaboration with Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation, the Valley of the Sun United Way and the Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC). In this project, individuals with a serious mental illness meeting the definition of chronic homelessness and who are receiving services at the LDRC are provided a priority in accessing rental assistance in our scattered sites housing program. These participants receive additional support from agencies co-located at the LDRC; like CASS, Nova, and Healthcare for the Homeless. Read more