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Posted on: January 9, 2024

Maricopa County, El Mirage, and Surprise Join Forces to Address Homelessness in the Northwest Valley

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At its Dec. 6, 2023 meeting, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement that provides $65,000 in funding for support services that will benefit people experiencing homelessness in the Northwest Valley. The decision is the latest action in a broader initiative the County has undertaken in collaboration with the cities of El Mirage and Surprise to address homelessness.

Supervisor Clint Hickman, representing District 4, shared, "By working together with El Mirage and Surprise, we are strategically pooling resources to create a tangible impact. Our collective goal is to ensure that those in need have access to vital services and pathways to stability.”

Part of this regional collaboration is Maricopa County’s established street outreach program known as Hand in Hand. The program searches for and makes contact with people experiencing homelessness in designated county areas. Trained outreach staff work with these individuals to get them connected to homeless services coordinators for each city.

The coordinators serve as a conduit to help people in need seamlessly access city services and county resources including employment and housing options as well as community programs to address mental health and substance use.

Under the agreement, the City of El Mirage is providing $15,000 to Maricopa County and the City of Surprise is providing $50,000 to fund this work.

Since March 2023, Maricopa County has invested more than $5.2 million in the West Valley for services designed to assist individuals and families as they make a plan to exit homelessness. Key investments include:

For a comprehensive overview of Maricopa County’s investments in homelessness solutions across the County, visit Maricopa.gov/HS.

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