The Arizona Housing Coalition (AZHC) is holding its annual resource fairs for the 18th straight year, and is expected to aid thousands of veterans and their family members experiencing homelessness throughout the state.
Through the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance program, AZHC’s StandDown events are credited with providing assistance to 3,218 veterans and their families in 2018 alone.
“It’s incredible to see so many people and organizations come together to help us provide these critically needed services for our veterans and their families,” says Shane Groen, Director of Special Projects for AZHC. “These are services they may not get any other time throughout the year, and the positive impact this event has on their lives is immeasurable.”
This will be the 18th year the StandDown events takes place, with events held in 13 of Arizona’s 15 counties. AZHC aims to raise awareness of the issue of homelessness among veterans while teaching various agencies and organizations how to collaborate throughout the year and end homelessness among veterans.
The first StandDown event will take place in Maricopa County on Jan. 24-25, with events in other counties taking place throughout the year. The schedule of events can be found here: https://azhousingcoalition.org/avsa. Maricopa County’s StandDown is the largest resource fair of its kind in the entire country, and will provide services ranging from haircuts to dental work.
“The ability for someone to come in and get dental work - or even something as simple as a haircut and resume assistance - could have a significant impact in their life,” says Groen. “It brings a ray of hope to those who need it most.”
For more information on AVSA, including a list of event dates, resources available and volunteer opportunities, please visit the AZHC website.