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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

    • 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.

    • May 17, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • Flagstaff Armory 320 N. Thorpe Road Flagstaff, AZ 86001

    7TH ANNUAL HIGH COUNTRY STANDDOWN
    Friday, May 17th • 9AM to 2PM

    Flagstaff Armory • 320 N. Thorpe Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

    Click HERE to print & distribute event flyer 

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support the coordination of the 7th Annual High Country StandDown, in partnership with many dedicated community-based organizations. 

    The 7th Annual High Country StandDown is open to all military veterans at risk of or experiencing homelessness with verifiable military service (required).

    SERVICES AVAILABLE:
    Dental, Vision & Medical Assistance • Employment Services • Pet Food & Pet Care • Hot Meals • Hygiene Kits • Clothing & Surplus • Legal Assistance • Haircuts • Veterans’ Court • Notary • Housing Support Services • Disability, Improved Pension & Survivors Benefits • And MUCH MORE!

    PARTICIPATING COURTS:
    Coconino County Superior Court • Flagstaff Municipal Court • Flagstaff Justice Court • Williams Municipal Court • Williams Justice Court

    SAFE ZONE: Individuals may appear without fear of being arrested if they have any outstanding warrant. If a veteran has a warrant out of a participating court they can come and ask that it be cancelled. Bring your court paperwork to the Stand Down. Attorneys will be available to answer questions. Contact Maia Rodriguez at 928-679-7675 if you have any questions.

    TO PARTICIPATE AS A BUSINESS/ NON-PROFIT/GOVERNMENT ENTITY:
    Contact Steven Flanagan at (520) 909-0891, or via email at SMF289@nau.edu

    TO VOLUNTEER AT THE EVENT:
    Contact Erin Kruse at (928) 523-6585, or via email at Erin.Kruse@nau.edu

    FOR GENERAL INFORMATION:

    Contact John Davison at (928) 286-7446 or via email at highcountrystanddown2019@gmail.com 


    • August 10, 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Blue Ridge High School, 1200 W White Mountain Blvd, Lakeside, AZ 85929

    2019 WHITE MOUNTAIN STANDDOWN - Lakeside
    Saturday, August 10th, 2019
    10:00AM to 3:00PM
    Blue Ridge High School
    1200 W White Mountain Blvd, Lakeside, AZ 85929

    Download the flyer HERE!

    The Western Arizona Stand Down 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 the coordination of the annual 2019 White Mountain StandDown. 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 OR BEING A SERVICE PROVIDER?For more information, please email fishersforveterans@gmail.com or contact Marty Jarvey at (928) 368-8455.

    • 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 13th 9AM
    through Saturday, September 14th 3PM
    Frontier Village, 1841 E. State Hwy 69, Suite #114, Prescott, AZ 86301

    Click HERE to print & distribute event flyer 

    Learn more:
    • Overnight stay provided


    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support the coordination of the annual 2019 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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