Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) on Tuesday detailed that the state will invest $15.35 million in federal funding for projects to combat homelessness.
Specifically, the grant money will be allocated to three projects in three different cities throughout the state: Flagstaff, Kingman, and Phoenix.
“We must do all we can to ensure Arizonans in need have access to safe, clean and reliable housing,” said Ducey. “The homeless shelters in Phoenix, Kingman and Flagstaff will support and protect vulnerable Arizonans and put them on a path toward a better life. I’m thankful to the Arizona Department of Housing and the local partners involved for their dedication to combating homelessness in Arizona.”
In Kingman, $2 million from the state will go to the Kingman Veterans Shelter, which provides assistance to homeless veterans that need mental health, substance abuse, and employment services.
The funds for JoJo’s Place in Flagstaff will allow Housing Solutions of Northern Arizona to convert an unused hotel into studio apartments. The apartments will serve as transitional housing for those in need.
ADOH staff on site for the groundbreaking of JoJo’s Place, a 14,000 sq ft. Travelodge on Route 66 in Flagstaff set to be converted by @housingnaz (through $5.85M in ADOH funding) to 44 units of transitional housing for Northern Arizonans experiencing homelessness. pic.twitter.com/ax5Q4dyvPd
— AZ Dept of Housing (@AZHousing) October 5, 2021
Project Haven in Phoenix will utilize $7.5 million to provide shelter for people aged 55 years and older.
Each project has an independent timeline for the completion of the construction
“These facilities will give Arizonans the time and supportive services they need to regain permanent housing,” said ADOH Director Tom Simplot. “Those who find themselves struggling with homelessness can look to facilities like these to provide the necessary support to get back on their feet. ADOH and its stakeholders will continue to look for ways to fund supportive housing throughout Arizona.”
Previously, Ducey’s administration launched a $197 million fund to help residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage.
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