End Homelessness


Even a hardworking person like Lawrence can fall on hard times and end up on the street.


Lawrence was his mother's caregiver and when she passed away he lost everything, including his home. Thanks to United Way's partnership with Native American Connections, City of Phoenix and other partners, Lawrence lives at Encanto Pointe, supportive housing to end chronic homelessness.


  • Reduce homelessness in Maricopa County by 75 percent by 2020

The hot streets aren’t a safe place to live.

Yet every single day in Maricopa County, thousands of people are living on the streets and spending the night in their cars, in parks or canal banks. Many are experiencing homelessness for the first time due to a job loss, foreclosure or an unexpected medical crisis. Others have been on the streets for decades.

Many are families with children. There are long-term consequences: without a stable place to call home, children are at risk of low school attendance and poor academic achievement rates.

The bottom line is homelessness affects us all. Valley of the Sun United Way mobilized business supporters, elected officials, non-profits, faith-based organizations and other diverse partners to focus on three solutions:

With our partners, we are working to develop 1,000 permanent supportive housing units that provide on-site support to individuals who’ve experienced long-term homelessness. 

United Way brings monthly Project Connect events to communities throughout Maricopa County, linking guests experiencing or on the brink of homelessness with more than 30 health and human services: from food, wellness checks and showers, to employment and housing.

Annually, we invest approximately $3 million in emergency shelter services and other interventions such as transitional housing and domestic violence shelter.

You can help End Homelessness in Maricopa County:

  • GIVE: Your donation directly to United Way connects people with shelter and support to get individuals and families off the streets and back on the path to stability. Find out the many ways to give.
  • VOLUNTEER: Become a guest guide at a monthly Project Connect event.
  • ADVOCATE: Learn more about homelessness and share information with your networks.


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