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Arizona Veterans StandDown AlliancE

The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance (AVSA) is a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition (formerly AZCEH), which holds annual events and resource fairs in 12 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.

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

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StandDown Events

    • August 11, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Show Low National Guard Armory, 3600 E Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901

    2018 WHITE MOUNTAIN STANDDOWN - Show Low
    Saturday, August 11th, 2018
    10:00AM to 3:00PM
    Show Low National Guard Armory
    3600 E. Deuce of Clubs, Show Low, AZ 85901

    Click HERE to print & distribute SAVE THE DATE flyer

    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 2018 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 17, 2018
    • Sierra Vista

    2018 COCHISE COUNTY STANDDOWN - Sierra Vista
    SAVE THE DATE: Friday, August 17th, 2018

    The Cochise County StandDown 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 2018 Cochise County 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 contact Shane Groen for event connection at shane@azhousingcoalition.org

    • September 28, 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • September 29, 2018
    • 3:00 PM
    • Frontier Village, 1841 E St Hwy 69, Suite #114, Prescott, AZ 86301

    2018 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
    • Click for Info Flyer

    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.

    • October 24, 2018
    • Yuma, AZ

    2018 WESTERN ARIZONA STANDDOWN - Yuma
    SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

    Click HERE to print & distribute SAVE THE DATE flyer

    The Western Arizona Stand Down is a one-day event that brings together U.S. Military Veterans and family members to connect them with direct support services and resources that will help them gain and maintain housing, legal consulting, and health & wellness. In addition, intellectual, social, physical, spiritual, occupational and emotional services will be offered at no cost. 

    The Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, a program of the Arizona Housing Coalition, is proud to support the Yuma Veterans Task Force in the coordination of the annual 2018 Western Arizona StandDownSupport and funding is provided by various organizations across the region; representatives from private and non-profits in addition to government, state and local agencies partnered to bring this event back to Yuma in 2018. 

    INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING OR BEING A SERVICE PROVIDER?For more information, please Goodwill or Helping Hands of Yuma: (928) 343-7604 or (928) 305-9974.

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

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Phoenix,  AZ  85004
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