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. The Valley of Sun United Way also is providing resources so that each participant receives furniture and start-up household items. The behavioral health providers have also agreed to intensify the level of support for these participants in the housing. Finally, participants are also able to access peer support recovery coaching from the Hope Network through the Marc Center.
We have housed approximately 13 individuals in this project and hope to house approximately 25 by the end of September. We are pleased to work alongside so many wonderful organizations in this effort and look forward to the positive outcomes as a result of this collaboration!