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Arizona Veterans StandDown AlliancE

What is the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance? We are AVSA.

The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) is a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition (formerly AZCEH), which holds annual events and resource fairs in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties, including the nation's largest event of it's kind, the annual Maricopa County StandDown. These StandDown events and resource fairs allow veterans and their families who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness to get and stay connected to supportive services.

StandDowns are held in different counties throughout Arizona with the largest, serving 2,109 veterans and their families at the 2017 Maricopa County StandDown.

IMPACT OF AVSA

  • 3,100+ CONNECTED TO SERVICES
    In 2017, 3,755 veterans and their families received assistance at a local StandDown event or resource fair in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties.

  • 2,100+ VETERANS HOUSED
    Since January 2015, AVSA has played an active role in the coordination of permanent housing placement for approximately 76 veterans per month in Maricopa County, housing 2,183 veterans in total.

  • END TO CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS
    As a result of lessons & processes learned through AVSA’s past coordination of the Project H3 Vets initiative, 929 chronically homeless veterans have been housed in Maricopa County since 2015.

While its primary goal is helping homeless veterans access the resources needed (including housing) to regain their highest level of independence; its secondary goal is to bring our community and service providers together in a collaborative format that can build relationships throughout the year that positively benefit homeless and at-risk veterans. Ultimately, it is our hope that the events will create the awareness, consistent data, and political & community will necessary to acquire the on-going resources needed to end homelessness, starting with veterans.

The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) is a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition (formerly AZCEH), which holds annual events and resource fairs in 13 of Arizona's 15 counties, including the nation's largest event of it's kind, the annual Maricopa County StandDown. These StandDown events and resource fairs allow veterans and their families who are experiencing housing instability and homelessness to get and stay connected to supportive services.

IMPACT OF AVSA

2018 NUMBERS, SO FAR

Already this year, four StandDown events and resource fairs have taken place across Arizona: Phoenix (Maricopa County), Bullhead City (Mohave County), Tucson (Pima County), and Florence (Pinal County). To date so far in 2018, AVSA and its partners have served approximately 2,400 veterans, and their families, with even more events planned statewide throughout the year. 

3,700+ CONNECTED TO SERVICES

In 2017, 3,755 veterans and their families received assistance at one of 11 local StandDown events or resource fairs in 13 of Arizona's 15 counties. This year, we also proudly partnered with Arizona Dental Society's Mission of Mercy to provide over $332,000 in free dental work to over 300 veterans at our 2018 Maricopa County StandDown. Over 64% of these veterans served claim an annual income of less than $20,000, making this a much-needed and valued addition to services at our Maricopa event. 

2,100+ VETERANS HOUSED

Since January 2015, AVSA has played an active role in the coordination of permanent housing placement for approximately 76 veterans per month in Maricopa County, housing 2,183 veterans in total.

END TO CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS

As a result of lessons & processes learned through AVSA's past coordination of the Project H3 Vets initiative, 979 chronically homeless veterans have been housed in Maricopa County, and statewide, since 2015.

While its primary goal is helping homeless veterans access the resources needed (including housing) to regain their highest level of independence; its secondary goal is to bring our community and service providers together in a collaborative format that can build relationships throughout the year that positively benefit homeless and at-risk veterans. Ultimately, it is our hope that the events will create the awareness, consistent data, and political & community will necessary to acquire the on-going resources needed to end homelessness, starting with veterans.

OUR GOAL: To raise awareness of the issue of homelessness among veterans while teaching agencies how to collaborate throughout the year and end homelessness among veterans.

'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.

>>> GET INVOLVED!
Volunteer opportunities are available for the 2019 Maricopa County StandDown event, including pre-event volunteer service at the 2018 Arizona State Fair, coming up October 5th - 28th, 2018. Multiple volunteer shifts available! CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER!

Questions regarding AVSA or a StandDown event? Contact us at: info@azhousingcoalition.org

For the latest StandDown news and information, please like us on Facebook.

StandDown Events

    • January 24, 2019
    • January 26, 2019
    Register


    • January 24, 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
    • 40
    Register

    2019 MARICOPA COUNTY STANDDOWN 
    EVENT REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS (THURSDAY ONLY)
    Thursday, January 24th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM 

    THIS IS INDEPENDENT FROM THE VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEER SHIFTS.  Click HERE to learn more about being a Guest Guide & to register

    Up to 100 volunteers are needed on Thursday AND Friday to assist at the Event Registration Table.  Separate from VSUW Guest Guide volunteer, these volunteers are responsible for greeting and processing registration for veterans and their families attending the event. 

    REGISTER FOR THE FOLLOWING SHIFTS:
    (NOTE: If you'd like to volunteer at the Event Registration Table ALL SHIFTS and/or BOTH days of the event, you MUST register for each shift separately.)

    • Thursday, January 24th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Thursday, January 24th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM

    UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEERS

    >> 

    Click HERE to learn more & register


    ____________________________________________

    EVENT REGISTRATION TABLE VOLUNTEER FAQs

    • NEW THIS YEAR: Laptops will be used for direct input of demographic data.  Volunteers must be computer literate and feel comfortable using a laptop keyboard.
    • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
    • We encourage you to bring your lunch and snacks to all food on-site may be reserved for veterans and their families seeking services. 
    • Access to refrigerators and/or microwaves is limited, so we ask that you please plan accordingly.
    • Please dress in layers to be comfortable as the Coliseum arena has concrete floors and tends to be cold.
    • Please leave all valuables at home. There is no place to secure personal items such as purses or backpacks. 
    If you have any questions about Event Registration Table Volunteers, please contact Troy Friedman, new #MCStandDown Registration Coordinator, at troy.friedman@riosalado.edu or 480-384-9863.
    To learn more about ATTENDING and VOLUNTEERING AT THE EVENT, please click HERE.
    • January 24, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
    • 36
    Register

    2019 MARICOPA COUNTY STANDDOWN 
    EVENT REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS (THURSDAY ONLY)
    Thursday, January 24th • 12:30PM to 4:30PM 

    THIS IS INDEPENDENT FROM THE VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEER SHIFTS.  Click HERE to learn more about being a Guest Guide & to register

    Up to 100 volunteers are needed on Thursday AND Friday to assist at the Event Registration Table.  Separate from VSUW Guest Guide volunteer, these volunteers are responsible for greeting and processing registration for veterans and their families attending the event. 

    REGISTER FOR THE FOLLOWING SHIFTS:
    (NOTE: If you'd like to volunteer at the Event Registration Table ALL SHIFTS and/or BOTH days of the event, you MUST register for each shift separately.)

    • Thursday, January 24th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Thursday, January 24th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM

    UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEERS

    >> 

    Click HERE to learn more & register


    ____________________________________________

    EVENT REGISTRATION TABLE VOLUNTEER FAQs

    • NEW THIS YEAR: Laptops will be used for direct input of demographic data.  Volunteers must be computer literate and feel comfortable using a laptop keyboard.
    • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
    • We encourage you to bring your lunch and snacks to all food on-site may be reserved for veterans and their families seeking services. 
    • Access to refrigerators and/or microwaves is limited, so we ask that you please plan accordingly.
    • Please dress in layers to be comfortable as the Coliseum arena has concrete floors and tends to be cold.
    • Please leave all valuables at home. There is no place to secure personal items such as purses or backpacks. 
    If you have any questions about Event Registration Table Volunteers, please contact Troy Friedman, new #MCStandDown Registration Coordinator, at troy.friedman@riosalado.edu or 480-384-9863.
    To learn more about ATTENDING and VOLUNTEERING AT THE EVENT, please click HERE.
    • January 25, 2019
    • 6:00 AM - 12:30 PM
    • Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
    • 53
    Register

    2019 MARICOPA COUNTY STANDDOWN 
    EVENT REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS (THURSDAY ONLY)
    Friday, January 25th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM 

    THIS IS INDEPENDENT FROM THE VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEER SHIFTS.  Click HERE to learn more about being a Guest Guide & to register

    Up to 100 volunteers are needed on Thursday AND Friday to assist at the Event Registration Table.  Separate from VSUW Guest Guide volunteer, these volunteers are responsible for greeting and processing registration for veterans and their families attending the event. 

    REGISTER FOR THE FOLLOWING SHIFTS:
    (NOTE: If you'd like to volunteer at the Event Registration Table ALL SHIFTS and/or BOTH days of the event, you MUST register for each shift separately.)

    • Thursday, January 24th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Thursday, January 24th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM

    UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEERS

    >> 

    Click HERE to learn more & register


    ____________________________________________

    EVENT REGISTRATION TABLE VOLUNTEER FAQs

    • NEW THIS YEAR: Laptops will be used for direct input of demographic data.  Volunteers must be computer literate and feel comfortable using a laptop keyboard.
    • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
    • We encourage you to bring your lunch and snacks to all food on-site may be reserved for veterans and their families seeking services. 
    • Access to refrigerators and/or microwaves is limited, so we ask that you please plan accordingly.
    • Please dress in layers to be comfortable as the Coliseum arena has concrete floors and tends to be cold.
    • Please leave all valuables at home. There is no place to secure personal items such as purses or backpacks. 
    If you have any questions about Event Registration Table Volunteers, please contact Troy Friedman, new #MCStandDown Registration Coordinator, at troy.friedman@riosalado.edu or 480-384-9863.
    To learn more about ATTENDING and VOLUNTEERING AT THE EVENT, please click HERE.
    • January 25, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Veterans Memorial Coliseum - 1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007
    • 34
    Register

    2019 MARICOPA COUNTY STANDDOWN 
    EVENT REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS (THURSDAY ONLY)
    Friday, January 25th • 12:30PM to 4:30PM 

    THIS IS INDEPENDENT FROM THE VALLEY OF THE SUN UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEER SHIFTS.  Click HERE to learn more about being a Guest Guide & to register

    Up to 100 volunteers are needed on Thursday AND Friday to assist at the Event Registration Table.  Separate from VSUW Guest Guide volunteer, these volunteers are responsible for greeting and processing registration for veterans and their families attending the event. 

    REGISTER FOR THE FOLLOWING SHIFTS:
    (NOTE: If you'd like to volunteer at the Event Registration Table ALL SHIFTS and/or BOTH days of the event, you MUST register for each shift separately.)

    • Thursday, January 24th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Thursday, January 24th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 6:00AM to 12:30PM
    • Friday, January 25th • 12:00PM to 4:30PM

    UNITED WAY GUEST GUIDE VOLUNTEERS

    >> 

    Click HERE to learn more & register


    ____________________________________________

    EVENT REGISTRATION TABLE VOLUNTEER FAQs

    • NEW THIS YEAR: Laptops will be used for direct input of demographic data.  Volunteers must be computer literate and feel comfortable using a laptop keyboard.
    • Volunteers must be 18 years of age or older
    • We encourage you to bring your lunch and snacks to all food on-site may be reserved for veterans and their families seeking services. 
    • Access to refrigerators and/or microwaves is limited, so we ask that you please plan accordingly.
    • Please dress in layers to be comfortable as the Coliseum arena has concrete floors and tends to be cold.
    • Please leave all valuables at home. There is no place to secure personal items such as purses or backpacks. 
    If you have any questions about Event Registration Table Volunteers, please contact Troy Friedman, new #MCStandDown Registration Coordinator, at troy.friedman@riosalado.edu or 480-384-9863.
    To learn more about ATTENDING and VOLUNTEERING AT THE EVENT, please click HERE.
    • March 01, 2019
    • March 02, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Bullhead Community Park, 1251 AZ Highway 95, Bullhead City, Arizona

    2019 TRI-STATE VETERANS STANDDOWN
    Friday, March 1st • 8AM to 4PM
    Saturday, March 2nd • 8AM to 2PM
    Bullhead Community Park & Chamber of Commerce
    1251 Highway 95, Bullhead City, AZ 86429

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support the Jerry Ambrose Veterans Council's 2018 Tri-State Veterans StandDown in partnership with many dedicated community-based organizations. 

    The 2018 Tri-State Veterans StandDown is open to all military veterans, and their families, in the local Mohave County and tri-state area  who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness to connect with critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability, to include: 

    Housing Assistance • Homeless Resources • Employment • VA Benefits, Enrollment, Medical, Mental Health • Legal Assistance • Family Services • Women's Resources • Dental & Eye Care Supplies • Voter Registration • County Recorder • Spiritual Care • Motor Vehicle Division • Military Records • Counseling • Support Groups • Child Support • Family Assistance • Social Security • Pet Shots (SAT ONLY 10AM-2PM) • Pet Supplies • Clothing • Showers • Haircuts • Hygiene Supplies • Food

    To VOLUNTEER or be a SERVICE PROVIDER, please register online (required) at: www.javc.org

    To donate of for more information, please call (928) 716-3001, or email president@javc.org.

    • March 13, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • March 15, 2019
    • (EDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Grand Luxe Hotel 1365 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85745

    TUCSON VETERANS SERVING VETERANS
    2019 STANDDOWN & RESOURCE FAIR
    Wednesday, March 13th
    Thursday, March 14th
    Friday, March 15th
    Grand Luxe Hotel
    1365 W. Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85745

    WANT TO ATTEND? Here's what to know:

    Wednesday, MARCH 13TH
    • 09:00 AM - Check-in of Homeless Veterans (2 nights)
    Homeless vets ONLY please -- no transitional or housed vets
    • 11:00 AM - 15:00 PM - Veteran Career Fair
    • 12:00 PM - 15:00 PM - Career Fair open to General Public

    Thursday, MARCH 14TH
    • 09:00 AM to 14:00 PM - Veteran Resource Fair
    • 13:00 PM - Female "Veteran in Need" Shopping Trip

    FRIDAY, MARCH 15TH
    • Check out, tear down, load out

    This event is open to ALL Veterans, National Guard, and Reservists in the local area in need of the following resources:

    Hot Meals • Clothing • Haircuts • First Aid/Minor Medical Treatment • Housing Options • Veterans Court • Mental Health and Religious Counseling • Substance Abuse Counseling and Treatment Referrals • Employment and Job Training Referrals • Job Search and Resume Writing Help • Vocational Rehabilitation • Disability Claims • Benefits Applications • Legal Matters • Pet Vaccinations • Spay/Neuter vouchers, and more.
    (Over 60+ Resource providers will be on site)

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans in the coordination of their annual StandDown & Resource Fair, in partnership with many dedicated community-based organizations. 

    The 2018 TVSV StandDown & Resource Fair is open to all military veterans, National Guard, and reservists, in the local Tucson and Pima area who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness

    For more information, please contact Cliff Wade at (520) 788-5029, or at tucsonvetsservingvets@gmail.com, or visiting them on Facebook.

    • March 16, 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Florence National Guard Armory Browning/Miller Readiness Center 20525 N. Highway 79, Florence, AZ

    2019 PINAL COUNTY STANDDOWN
    Saturday, March 16th • 7AM to 1PM
    Florence National Guard Armory
    Browning/Miller Readiness Center
    20525 N. Highway 79, Florence, AZ

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support the 2018 Pinal County StandDown in partnership with many dedicated community-based organizations. 

    The 2018 Pinal County StandDown is open to all military veterans, and their families, in the local Pinal County area who are at risk of or experiencing homelessness to connect with critical supportive services to help them gain and maintain housing stability, to include: 

    Clothing • Emergency Shelter • Housing Info • Transportation • AZ Motor Vehicle Division • Legal Services • Health Care Screening • Employment Training/Info • Mental Health Services • Child Support Info • Money Management & Credit-Building • Showers • Haircuts • Pet Care/Groom/Shots • Vision Screening • Dental Screening • VA Benefits Counseling • Pinal County Superior Court Issue Review • And Much More!

    SPECIAL CARE FOR VETERANS CURRENTLY
    EXPERIENCING OR AT-RISK OF HOMELESSNESS

    SPECIAL THIS YEAR: WOMEN VETERANS AREA

    Transportation to event: Contact CAHRA at (520) 466-1112

    For more information, please contact hohp4heroes@gmail.com or by calling (520) 866-3645, or visiting hohp4heroes.org.

    • April 27, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Safford Armory, 3625 S. US Hwy 191, Safford, AZ 85546

    GRAHAM & GREENLEE VETERANS SERVING VETERANS
    2019 VETERANS & FAMILIES RESOURCE FAIR

    Saturday, April 27th
    Safford Armory • 3625 S. US Hwy 191, Safford, AZ 85546


    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support Graham & Greenlee Veterans Serving Veterans in the coordination of the annual Veterans & Families Resource Fair, in partnership with many dedicated community-based organizations. 

    For more information, please contact chair, Lisa Lane, at llane@cpic-cas.org, or by visiting them on Facebook.

    • August 16, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Sierra Vista

    2019 COCHISE SERVING VETERANS
    RESOURCE FAIR - Sierra Vista
    SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 16th, 2019
    9:00AM to 2:00PM

    Rothery Education Center
    located at Apache Middle School
    3305 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ 


    The Cochise Serving Veterans Resource Fair is a one-day event that brings together U.S. Military Veterans to connect them with direct support services and resources, including a FREE hot meal, health services, job services, veterans benefits, social security, vocational rehabilitation, pet supplies, clothing, hygiene kits, hair cuts, and other services, all offered at no cost. 

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support Cochise Serving Veterans (CSV) the primary coordinator of the annual 2018 Cochise Serving Veterans Resource Fair. Support and funding is provided by various organizations across the region, including representatives from private and non-profits, in addition to government, state and local agencies.

    INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING?
    The event is fast approaching! CSV is asking for confirmation from this year's volunteers at this time. 

    Volunteers play an integral part in ensuring the successful outcome of the Fair and therefore there will be two (2) orientation opportunities in order to accommodate busy schedules.

    ATTENTION: ALL VOLUNTEERS.
    You must attend ONE (1) Volunteer Orientation session to be held at Wellness Connections, 1201 E. Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista, AZ

    •  Wednesday, August 15th at 5:00PM
    • Thursday, August 16th at 5:00PM

    TO VOLUNTEER
    Please fill out the following forms and return via email to the CSV Volunteer Coordinator at ccvrfvolunteer@gmail.com

    For more information, please contact this year's CSV Resource Fair Volunteer Coordinator, Fred Cleere, at ccvrfvolunteer@gmail.com, or by calling (520) 678-7759.

    • September 13, 2019
    • September 14, 2019
    • 2 sessions
    • Frontier Village, 1841 E St Hwy 69, Suite #114, Prescott, AZ 86301

    2019 YAVAPAI COUNTY STANDDOWN
    Friday, September 29th 9AM
    through Saturday, September 29th 3PM
    Frontier Village, 1841 E. State Hwy 69, Suite #114, Prescott, AZ 86301

    Learn more:
    • Overnight stay provided
    • VETERANS COURT: Saturday, September 29th, 9AM-3PM

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support the coordination of the annual 2018 Yavapai County StandDown, in partnership with many dedicated community-based organizations. 

    FURTHER DETAILS TO COME IN MARCH!

    For more information, please contact Kristen Gomes at (928) 583-7204, or via email at kgomes@usvetsinc.org.

Event Results

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

1495 E. Osborn Rd.
Phoenix,  AZ  85014
(602) 340-9393

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