We ensure all can have a safe home to call their own.
Having a safe place to call home is a first step in addressing health, education and workforce development challenges. We are working with partners to decrease housing insecurity by investing in rent and utility assistance, housing navigators and eviction prevention. We also support emergency shelters that help move households out of crisis. Looking ahead, we will collaborate with regional leaders to develop new affordable housing.
Maricopa County is one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country, adding nearly half a million people since 2015. This prosperity is good for our local economy, yet, unfortunately, it’s leaving some of our neighbors behind. Population growth drives higher demand for housing, which also drives up costs. Between August 2020 to August 2021, Valley rents increased 20%, with an uptick of 3.7% in July alone. The average cost for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,100, a price too steep for many local families. This spike, combined with the economic and health impacts of COVID-19, puts Maricopa County at the forefront of national eviction rates. A recent Point-in-Time Street Count shows that on any given night in the Valley, around 7,400 individuals are experiencing homelessness, an increase from recent years.
We are increasing investments in services and programs that not only address immediate needs, but also prioritize social determinants and wraparound services that prevent and assist those experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. The below Coalition members focus on our Mighty housing and homelessness goals and develop strategies to create impact. When informed by the Coalition and their Action Teams, we change course as needed to stay focused on the right programs and solutions to reach our bold goals for Maricopa County.
Area Agency on Aging, Region One
Arizona Bar Foundation
Arizona Behavioral Health Corporation
Arizona Department of Economic Security
Arizona Department of Education
Arizona Department of Veterans Services
Arizona Housing Coalition
Arizona State University, Action Nexus
Arizona State University, McCain Institute
Arizona Youth Partnership
Arizona's Children Association
Chicanos Por La Cause
City of Avondale
City of Glendale
City of Peoria
City of Phoenix
City of Surprise
Department of Child Safety
Department of Economic Security
Garcia Family Foundation
Homeless ID Project
Homeless Youth Connection
Maricopa Association of Governments
Mercy Care AZ
Phoenix Rescue Mission
Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS
Vitalyst Health Foundation
*Partners who have received MC2026 grant funding through Valley of the Sun United Way