iStock_000041434018_blogAt the end of March, the men’s overflow shelter closed in downtown Phoenix.  The shelter housed up to 350 homeless men at full capacity. The city condemned the building for asbestos.

We’re one of many community partners responding to the housing needs of vulnerable people in Arizona.  Our permanent supportive housing program will provide an additional 425 housing units this year to people with serious mental illness.  We also have two grants which fund homeless outreach.

Project for Assistance in Transition for Homelessness (PATH) is a grant Arizona receives every year.  Our current target area is Maricopa, Pima, Cochise, Coconino, and Yavapai Counties.  The PATH grant’s goal is to reduce or eliminate homelessness for people with serious mental illness or co-occurring serious mental illness and substance use disorder who are homelessness or are at imminent risk of becoming homelessness.  PATH grant funds provide a menu of allowable services, including street outreach, case management, and services which are not supported by mainstream mental health programs.

The Cooperative Agreement to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) is a three-year grant currently targeted in Coconino and Yavapai Counties.  The goal is to enhance or develop state infrastructure and systems to increase accessible, effective, comprehensive, coordinated/integrated and evidence-based treatment services; the grant also expects to increase permanent supportive housing.  The target population is people who experience chronic homelessness with substance use disorders or co-occurring substance use and mental disorders.

You can learn more about the grants on our website.