Taking care of a community is an effort that takes many people. As the saying goes, “It takes a village.” People and companies throughout the greater Phoenix area come together regularly to take action to end hunger and homelessness, ensure children succeed, and increase the financial stability of families to build up Maricopa County and make it a strong community.
It seems like a lot of money -- $2.5 million – but it’s actually priceless when you consider the money was used to get 250 homeless people off the streets in Phoenix into their own apartment as part of Rapid Rehousing, a program that helps with rent and supportive services for a short time.
Do you know where you’re sleeping tonight? On any given day in Maricopa County, 6,000 people don’t know where they’ll spend the night. They’re looking for a place to sleep under an overpass, a bush or tree, or maybe a car. Another 20 percent experience chronic homelessness, meaning they haven’t had a home for at least a year or multiple times in recent years and have a disability. Valley of the Sun United Way wants to reduce homelessness in our community by 75 percent by 2020.
Some things are easy to take for granted in life: a place to live, a job, a driver’s license or state-issued ID, and even a birth certificate. Think about what life would be like if you didn’t have any of these things. It’s hard to imagine, but men and women live this way on any given day in Maricopa County.