There’s No Place Like HOM

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.

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HOM Leadership Team

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

5th Graders Bring Holiday Cheer to Formerly Homeless Veterans

A core value at HOM, Inc., is giving back to the communities that we live and work in. It’s in our mission statement, but we also put our money where our mouth is by allowing team members to take up to four hours of paid volunteer time each week. Many of our team members use this benefit to volunteer their time and talents with organizations that are improving our communities. Read more

Helping Veterans Get Back on Their Feet

We firmly believe that no Veteran should experience homelessness. In 2011, HOM, Inc. began partnering with the Arizona Department of Veterans Services and Arizona Veterans Supportive Services to assist Arizona Veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF/OIF) to secure and maintain affordable, decent, and safe housing in our community. The Transition in Place (TIP) program assists eligible Veterans in the payment of rental application fees and security deposits and six months of rental assistance for rental units in the community. Read more

Labeling People as Homeless Strips Individuals and Families of True Identity

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