Located in urban areas and cities and towns throughout Arizona, emergency shelters are often the first point of assistance for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Individuals and families connect with emergency shelters in a variety of ways depending upon their location and circumstances. Community Information and Referral (CIR) operates the CONTACS (Community Network for Accessing Shelter – www.cir.org) system which shares information regarding vacancies for individuals and families who call the CONTACS Homeless Hotline. Often emergency shelters serve a specific segment of the population such as single adults or families with children. In many communities, local law enforcement, local hospitals, behavioral health systems and other institutional service providers connect individuals and families in need of shelter with the most appropriate shelter resource. Family advocacy centers and domestic violence agencies also serve as key points of referral to emergency shelter programs.
Emergency Shelter programs generally offer the following:
In Arizona, emergency shelter services are often coordinated within the three Continua of Care in Maricopa County, Pima County and the remainder of the state. In addition, the Arizona Department of Security Coordinated Homeless Program provides coordination and resource development. Specific information may be found here.