Homelessness is currently the City of Tempe's top human service crisis. For the 2nd year in a row, Tempe ranks 2nd in AZ in the volume and rate of increase in people experiencing homelessness. In 2020, 396 homeless persons were identified during Tempe's Annual Point in Time Count—a 350% increase since 2016. This volume far exceeds the current capacity of I-HELP but underscores the importance of sustaining this vital community resource.
The I-HELP Shelter program serves a population that is historically vastly underserved and marginalized. I-HELP participants are adults experiencing chronic homelessness along with other barriers to overcoming homelessness such as adverse health conditions and disabilities, substance abuse disorders, legal barriers, unemployment, and malnutrition, among others.
Since 2006 I-HELP has provided safe shelter to 7,609 men and women and placed 924 into permanent homes.
Among those who are sheltered, we anticipate placing at least one-third into permanent housing. With your support, at TCAA we strive to achieve 80% or greater rates of improved financial stability and health, and 85% of customers reporting that they feel confident in their plan to transition from homelessness to housing permanency.
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