On Jan. 10, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved $3 million in funding to invest in transitional housing tailor-made for veterans and their families that are struggling with homelessness.
“After bravely serving our country, it is a shame that our veterans often exit service only to face challenges like not being able to afford housing,” said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jack Sellers, District 1. “By offering support and transitional housing options, we can help these selfless men and women more easily reintegrate into civilian life and provide stability for their families.”
This funding, part of Maricopa County’s allocation of federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars, will help pay for the construction costs associated with this transitional housing development. The community will feature 50 units of non-congregate, or private, transitional housing in Glendale. Maricopa County is one of multiple funders for this project. The City of Glendale and the State of Arizona also contributed.
“I’m proud to bring these additional resources to District 4, an area that is home to Luke Air Force Base and a large population of veterans,” said Maricopa County Supervisor Clint Hickman. “Maricopa County is a leader in helping to care for our veterans who have made countless sacrifices to protect our great nation.”
The transitional housing development will provide on-site, wrap-around services with in-depth case management focused on self-sufficiency and housing stability. Each veteran will receive custom services catered specifically to their needs related to mental and physical health, workforce connections, benefits, or substance use, as applicable. Veterans may stay in their unit as they continually progress in their program and toward their transition to permanent housing.
Each unit features a bed, small kitchen, and bathroom. Every detail of the homes has been designed with veterans’ needs in mind, such as the placement of doors and windows to provide a sense of security for those impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The homes are 240 square feet for individuals or 340 square feet for families. The project has an estimated completion date of May 31, 2026.
In 2023, Maricopa County served over 41,000 people experiencing homelessness through strategies like street outreach and navigation, heat relief collaborations with cities and nonprofits, and shelter services. For more information on past homeless service investments made by Maricopa County, visit Maricopa.gov/HS.
About Maricopa County Human Services
The Maricopa County Human Services Department (HSD) builds resiliency in the community and promotes the well-being of County residents experiencing adversity through a variety of programs and services to help people and families thrive. These opportunities include early childhood education, housing, homeownership, independent living services for seniors and adults with disabilities, career development for job seekers with barriers to employment, crisis rental, and utility assistance, and support for people experiencing homelessness. HSD is committed to delivering innovative, equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive services in a collaborative approach that preserves dignity, promotes respect, and facilitates social and economic mobility. Learn more about the financial, educational, and support resources available to Maricopa County residents at Maricopa.gov/HSD.