Hand in Hand, Helping People Experiencing Homelessness
Maricopa County, in collaboration with Community Bridges Inc., is offering outreach services to people experiencing homelessness in unincorporated* and targeted communities of Maricopa County. The program, called Hand in Hand Street Outreach, will operate up to seven days a week depending on the region.
This program supports unincorporated areas of Maricopa County, and the targeted areas in and around the communities of Avondale, Buckeye, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Peoria, Surprise, Tolleson, and Youngtown, Gilbert and Apache Junction.
*Unincorporated areas of Maricopa County are locations not managed by a city or town.
How It Works
Outreach teams will go into the community in areas where people experiencing homelessness are known to gather. The outreach team will work collaboratively with neighbors, community leaders, businesses, community service agencies, and law enforcement to address the needs of the unhoused population while working to transform neighborhoods.
How the Public Can Get Involved
Members of the public concerned about the well-being of people experiencing homelessness in unincorporated areas of Maricopa County may initiate a request for service by clicking this link and filling out as many details as possible about the location and number of people. This form will be processed and information will be provided to Community Bridges Inc for services.
Resource navigators will assess each request for service and connect individuals to holistic resources to address their needs. Referrals to services may include temporary and permanent housing, employment, mental and physical health, addressing substance use, food, and other benefit programs. Case management and transportation services are also available for people in need of longer-term care.
"The Maricopa County Human Services Department is committed to delivering equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive services for people experiencing adversity–especially people experiencing homelessness. We've partnered with Community Bridges, Inc. for this program because of their continued dedication to providing holistic services with dignity and compassion as well as their expertise and effectiveness in engaging with people experiencing homelessness in the community and connecting them to available support systems."
Jacqueline Edwards, Director of the Maricopa County Human Services Department