I-HELP SHELTER FOR A WAY OUT OF HOMELESSNESS
At any point in time, more than 1,000 adults and children are experiencing homelessness in Tempe. TCAA provides a shelter program for adults (18 years and older) who are experiencing homelessness.
If you are age 18 and older and in need of I-HELP emergency shelter services, call and leave a message on the I-HELP Hotline at (480) 590-5514.
For over 16 years TCAA has successfully operated the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP). I-HELP is a unique and cost-effective model strengthened by the longstanding and generous support of several local faith organizations and community volunteers who come together to provide overnight sleeping space and evening meals for the individuals enrolled in I-HELP. Each night I-HELP shelters feed and care for up to 40 men and women. Hot showers and laundry services are made possible with TCAA’s mobile trailers. I-HELP operates in Tempe seven nights per week, 365 days a year.
With help from TCAA’s intensive case management and resource navigation services, I-HELP clients can resolve barriers and end their period of homelessness by:
- Securing important identification documents
- Preparing for employment
- Accessing bus and light rail passes
- Enrolling in public benefits such as SNAP, Medicaid, and Veterans’ services
- Addressing health concerns including primary care, mental health, and substance abuse treatment
- Locating permanent housing
- Periodic visits from Project ID and Circle the City
- Volunteerism and employment opportunities
If you are age 18 and older and in need of I-HELP emergency shelter services, call and leave a message on the I-HELP Hotline at (480) 590-5514. The I-HELP staff will return your call. If beds are available, an appointment for an intake interview will be scheduled. Shelter beds are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are reserved only for those actively engaged in case management services.
How you can help today
The I-HELP shelter program not only provides a safe place to sleep, but also a spectrum of services to prepare men and women for employment, financial stability, and permanent housing. Take advantage of the Arizona charitable tax credit at the same time!
TCAA asking your help to ensure that people who are homeless have an alternative to life on the street. Last year the I-HELP Shelter program assisted 478 adults, but sadly, more than 300 others were turned away primarily due to lack of space.
Donate travel-sized toiletries and laundry pods to continue these services for people in need.
Ever consider how people who are homeless address their hygiene needs? TCAA operates a mobile shower and laundry trailers, made possible by Tempe Leadership, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Tempe’s faith community.
Volunteer: Register your family, friends, congregation members, or co-worker group
Did you know that volunteers just like you prepare and serve nutritious, home-cooked meals every night of the year for the men and women served in TCAA’s I-HELP Shelter program? Last year alone volunteers provided food and service for more than 19,000 meals. Your help is needed!
During the hot summer months please visit The Heat Relief Network.
The Heat Relief Network is a regional partnership of the Maricopa Association of Governments, municipalities, nonprofit organizations, the faith-based community, and businesses. Each year, MAG coordinates the mapping of the Heat Relief Network, a network of partners providing hydration stations, refuge locations, and water donation sites throughout the Valley with the goal of preventing heat-related illnesses and deaths among vulnerable populations.