Maricopa County StandDown

Since 2009, the Maricopa County StandDown, coordinated by the Arizona Housing Coalition's Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, has served military veterans and their families experiencing or at risk of homelessness in our state’s capital. Growing to one of the largest events of its kind in the country,  over 2,100 veterans were served at the 2017 event held in February, connecting them to critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability.

Planning for the 2018 event is underway!

2018 Maricopa County StandDown
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Thursday, January 25th
& Friday, January, 26th
Doors open at 7:00 AM both days

NOTE: Courts and other services open on
Saturday, January 27th
for attendees who register on-site
on Thursday or Friday ONLY.

This event is open to ALL United States military veterans, and their families, in the local area who are in need of the following resources:

    • VA Benefits Assistance
    • DES Benefits Assistance
    • Maricopa County & City Municipal Courts
    • MVD Services - IDs & driver licenses
    • Social Security Administration Services
    • Medical, Vision, & Behavioral Health Services
    • Substance Abuse Assistance
    • Housing Assistance
    • Employment Services
    • Education Services & Opportunities
    • Pet Care (all domestic animals welcome)
    • Haircuts & Hygiene
    • Sleeping area for men, women, and families
    • On-site storage for personal items
    • NEW THIS YEAR! Dental services provided by Mission of Mercy 

Courtesy Shuttles WILL be available
Shuttle pick ups will begin at 8AM both Thursday & Friday at the following stops:

  • VA Medical Center
    650 E. Indian School Road (PHX)
    1500 E. Thomas Road (PHX)
  • Human Services Campus (CASS, SVdP, LDRC)
    204 S. 12th Avenue (PHX)
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
    1801 S. 35th Avenue (PHX)
  • U.S. Vets
    804 E. Jones Ave (PHX)
  • U.S. Vets
    3400 NW Grand Ave (PHX)
  • UMOM New Day Centers
    3333 E. Van Buren Road (PHX)
  • Paz De Cristo Community Center
    424 W. Broadway (MESA)
  • Catholic Charities' MANA House
    755 E. Willetta Street (PHX)

Public Transportation
If you plan to use public transportation, keep in mind that the Veterans Memorial Coliseum is approximately 1/4 mile from the fairgrounds entrance, so please be aware when making transportation arrangements. The closest light rail station is Central/McDowell and is 1.5 miles away along bus route 17. Additionally, the closest bus routes are 17 & 19; please visit Valley Metro for more information and trip planning.


Each year, we work closely with our volunteer coordination partner, Valley of the Sun United Way. Over 2,000 Guest Guide volunteers are needed for the two-day event. If you would like to serve as a Guest Guide working directly with veterans one-on-one to help them navigate the 70+ service providers, check out all available shifts HERE.

'Stand Down' is a military term that refers to the brief period of time given to a soldier to leave an active combat area in order to rest and regain strength before returning to battle.

A StandDown event or resource fair: is a community-based event in which organizations come together to provide annual one to three day events to serve veterans and their families who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and connecting them with critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability.
Questions regarding the Maricopa County StandDown event? Contact us at: info@azhousingcoalition.org

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Arizona Housing Coalition is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Federal Tax ID#: 86-0909029

AZHC is also the proud coordinator of the
Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance

141 E Palm Lane, Suite 105
Phoenix,  AZ  85004
(602) 340-9393


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