Our New Year's Resolution? 
To keep YOU informed! 

This year, our resolution is to be your primary source of information and updates on the work being done to end homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans. 

HOW WE WILL KEEP YOU INFORMED?

1) The Coalition Connection
We'll keep you up to date with the Arizona Housing Coalition's monthly newsletter, hitting your inbox every first Tuesday of the month! This will include important Coalition updates, along with the latest from our Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance, and more! 

2) Let's UNJUMBLE THE JARGON! >>>>
For us to be the best advocates possible, it's important we speak the same language! Look out on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram every Monday where we'll share industry words, acronyms, and phrases to help us all better understand how to speak about and advocate for HOUSING FOR ALL.

3) Timely News & Information
Watch for time-sensitive updates from us in your inbox, like advocacy alerts and special announcements, on our social media, and even in your mailbox throughout the year!
Or contact us and let us know what you'd like to learn more about. 

We look forward to working alongside each of you throughout 2018 to advance our mission of ending homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans. 


UP NEXT: The 2018 Maricopa County StandDown is rapidly approaching!

You may have heard some buzz about big changes to the 2018 Maricopa County StandDown, which is coordinated by our Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance. Allow us to provide official updates on the two biggest changes.

EXCITING NEW SERVICES!

Each year we look forward to learning directly from StandDown participants about the needs of our military veterans at risk of or already experiencing homelessness, and there has consistently been a tremendous need for dental services. We are excited to provide 25 full-service dental chairs at this years' event, in partnership with Central Arizona Dental Society's Mission of Mercy

According to the VA, access to dental care was consistently ranked by veterans experiencing homelessness as one of their top 3 unmet needs, along with long-term permanent housing and childcare. Dental issues, such as persistent pain and/or missing teeth can be tremendous barriers in seeking and obtaining employment. Studies have shown that many veterans report that after dental care they feel a significant improvement in perceived oral health, general health and overall self-esteem. Which is why we are eager to work in partnership with Mission of Mercy to assist in meeting this growing need. 

NEW SERVICES BRING CHANGE

With this exciting new addition of much-needed dental services, clothing will no longer be given at the Maricopa County StandDown.

This is not because there is no longer a need for clothing -- there is, and we value our many community partners who gather and distribute much-needed boots, shoes, and clothing year-round. This is because the needs of those we serve each year have evolved, and we pride ourselves on being responsive to those wants and needs in order to provide the most effective assistance. 

In 2006, 80% of the veterans served at the event met the definition of homeless; in 2017, just 17% of the veterans served were sleeping in shelters or on the streets this past January. Where there was once overwhelming need for emergency shelter and immediate assistance like hygiene and clothing, annual event demographics and statistics in recent years have consistently shown a shift in community need for more in-depth resource connection, such as education and job readiness programs, access to free or low-cost health, vision, and dental care, connection to a variety of housing providers, and more. 

​In addition, as our event has grown to serve over 2,000 veterans annually, the expense of providing a new pair of shoes to everyone in attendance has become prohibitive and we feel those funds can be better utilized serving veterans in other ways. ​

Our veterans seek a hand up, not a hand out. With your support, we look forward to continuing to be that helping hand by providing even more needed services in the years to come. 

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SAVE THE DATE to Meet Your Legislators

The Arizona State Legislature will convene next Monday, January 8th. We look forward to providing you periodic advocacy alerts about the bills we're tracking. 

We also hope you'll consider joining us for our annual legislative advocacy training event at the state capitol.

Meet Your Legislators
for Housing & Homelessness Advocates

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Coalition Members: FREE
Non-Members: $15.00

We look forward to bringing together experts in advocacy for this specially-focused legislative training for housing and homelessness advocates wanting to learn more about the state legislative process and how to effectively work with state legislators towards policy solutions which support affordable housing and address the known root causes which often lead to homelessness. MORE INFO COMING SOON!

VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANNUAL STATEWIDE POINT-IN-TIME STREET COUNT

Help Arizona's local governments and service providers better understand how many individuals and families are experiencing homelessness in our communities in order to be better equipped to meet their needs. 

The Point-In-Time (PIT) Count is a one-night street count to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Arizona during a given point-in-time. The count includes a brief survey to identify some characteristics of people experiencing homelessness in the community. 

Get involved in a PIT Count in your community:

Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Point-In-Time Count
Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 | 5:30AM to 12:00PM
Coordinated by the Maricopa Association of Governments
Click HERE to contact a community coordinator in your area

Tucson/Pima County Continuum of Care Point-in-Time Count
Wednesday, January 24th, 2018
Coordinated by the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness
Click HERE to complete the volunteer application

Balance-of-State Continuum of Care Point-In-Time Count
Tuesday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 28th, 2018
Coordinated by the Arizona Department of Housing
Click HERE to contact a county lead in your area