Homelessness in Tempe:
Tips and Resources for Ending Homelessness in Our Neighborhood

Compiled by: Preston Hunter • 480-269-5823 • preston@huntersonline.org
Date compiled: 12 February 2022 • Last updated: 18 February 2022
Please contact me with additional information appropriate for this document, or corrections, recommendations, etc.

See Also: Check out this concise flyer provided by the City of Tempe's HOPE Team: Tempe flyer.pdf • Plus: Invitation to Weekly Aris Foundation Ending Homeless Event at Jaycee ParkHomelessness Resources for ScottsdaleScottsdale flyerWhat Can I Do to Eliminate Homelessness in Tempe?
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Purpose: The purpose of this document is to compile a list of resources available for confronting and ending homelessness in Tempe, Arizona. This list is primarily intended to be used by homeless people themselves. This document can be printed out and provided to a homeless person who wants to get off of the streets. The resources with physical addresses right in Tempe are located at the beginning. This document is also intended to be used by non-homeless people who share the goal of ending homelessness.

Note that the person compiling this information is not a professional with training in the subject of homelessness. I am a member of the community who is interested in being able to provide information to homeless individuals in the community. I don't represent any particular ideology or agenda with regards to homelessness. If you have recommendations for information that I can add to this document, or if you have recommendations for ways I can improve it, then please let me know.

Much of this information, including direct quotes, is drawn directly from threads on Nextdoor, in the Shalimar neighborhood (Tempe, Arizona), from February 2022. I have NOT attributed individual quotes or pieces of information to their respective sources or authors. It is not my intention to name specific individuals within the neighborhood within this document. For such attribution, visit the Nextdoor threads. The primary thread is on Nextdoor (https://nextdoor.com/), with an original post dated 7 February 2022. The caption begins "Lee is homeless but does not want to be."

I recommend that Tempe residents who want to help end homelessness in our neighborhood carry with them (in their glove compartment, backpack, purse, etc.) a supply of:

TIP: Call 211

Are you experiencing homelessness?
Help is available to you!

Arizona 211 for referrals to all resources: Dial 2-1-1

Comment: There is a number to dial for them it is 211. If they are in dire need. The people who answer will help them find a place to stay, etc.
Comment: Have them call 211 on their phones. Lot of great resources and have them call the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) for sources or human resources.

Jaycee Park on Tuesday Nights

817 W 5th St, Tempe, AZ 85281


Ready to get off the street?
Join us Tuesdays at 5pm at Jaycee Park
Warm meal • clothing • blankets
This free event is sponsored by the Aris Foundation.

Comment: Come to Jaycee Park on Tuesday nights. We have a hot meal and resources for housing, etc. The Tempe Hope team works with us. We have clothes, dog food, haircuts, sack lunches to take and even free cell phones.
Comment: We are the Aris Foundation. I highly suggest coming out on a Tuesday at 5pm at Jaycee Park and having one of us give you a tour. We do so much. Then you can see that we have the best to offer.
Comment: Every Tuesday at 5pm there is a free dinner and extra snacks, used clothing, etc. at Jaycee Park, Hardy and 5th St. for the homeless.
Comment: There are 100s there every Tuesday. Anyone can come out and help... The need is great and growing. I encourage people to come out tonight @ 5th and Hardy if you want to help.

HOPE: Homeless Outreach Program Effort
Homeless Outreach Team / CARE 7

Tempe Public Library, 3500 S Rural Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282

Contact the HOPE team at 480-350-8950 or HOPE@tempe.gov

HOPE outreach team: https://www.tempe.gov/government/human-services/housing-services/ending-homelessness/homeless-outreach

Provided courtesy of City of Tempe Human Services. CARE 7 is dispatched for 24-hour crisis intervention services through Tempe's emergency 9-1-1 system. Learn more: 480-350-8004

The HOPE team (Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort) provides a wide range of services to those experiencing homelessness in Tempe, including street outreach, case management and connections to shelter and housing.

Tempe hired its first homeless outreach specialist in 2016 and has invested heavily in expanding the HOPE team to meet the growing needs of individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. In FY 2021-22, the city accelerated its outreach efforts by expanding the team to nine professionals.

HOPE outreach specialists are certified Behavioral Health Technicians, with a depth of experience working with homeless populations. Some on the team have lived experience, meaning they have been personally impacted by homelessness.

Our specialists work with individuals and families daily and provide services to keep them housed or to rapidly rehouse them. Services include:

In addition, HOPE team members play a vital role assisting individuals involved in Mental Health Court, addressing homeless encampments in the community, and conducting the annual Point-in-Time homeless count. Along with Human Services staff, HOPE team members identify needs and trends and assist in creating solutions.

TCAA Oasis Drop-In Center / I-HELP Emergency Shelter

1880 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 AM-3 PM

Water/heat relief, laundry, computer/phone/mail access, I-HELP shelter intake

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. Your call will be returned by the I-HELP staff. 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 who are actively engaged in case management services.

At any point in time, more than 1,000 adults and children are experiencing homelessness in Tempe and more than one-third of Tempe households are at risk of homelessness due to paying more than 1/3 of their income towards costly housing expenses. TCAA helps to prevent homelessness through our emergency rent and utility assistance services. For men and women who are currently homeless, the I-HELP program provides a pathway back to housing permanency.

For almost 15 years TCAA has successfully operated the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program (I-HELP), Tempe's sole shelter program for adults (age 18 years and older) who are experiencing homelessness in Tempe. I-HELP is a unique and cost-effective model strengthened by the longstanding and generous support of several local faith organizations and hundreds of 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, feeds, and cares for up to 40 men and women. During the day, program participants work with TCAA staff at the new OASIS Drop-In Center to prepare for transitioning to permanent housing. 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 our 90-day shelter program, including help from TCAA's intensive case management and resource navigation services, I-HELP clients can resolve barriers and end their period of homelessness by:

Comment: Have them reach out to I-Help. It's an amazing program for our homeless friends here in Tempe. Antonio, one the coordinators has such a beautiful passion and heart to serve.

Comment: They need to contact Blake at TCAA (Tempe Community Action Agency) for admission into a program designed to get people off the street - i-HELP. It is a 7 night a week shelter that works in helping homeless individuals. TCAA - 2146 E Apache Blvd. Tempe!

Comment: I think TCAA has mobile laundry trucks and maybe shower trucks. They do try to go around and let the people know how to access things and as posted on here some orgs provide transportation.

Comment: There is a food bank run by TCAA that gives a lot of food to the homeless in Tempe. If you go online you can see how to donate or volunteer. TCAA does a huge amount for the homeless community and they get a lot of food donated to them from local supermarkets who end up with surplus. They are always happy for food donations and even now have huge refrigerators. They always need donations of water bottles. If you donate food they have a list you can get of what works best. Try to avoid too much sugar stuff. Rice, beans, pp and j and oatmeal work well. And disposable diapers as they are not covered by food stamps. Also flip top cans.

Comment: The Tempe Community Action Agency provides temporary shelter and food for the 'financially insecure'. They also have shower facilities that are available. 480-422-8922. They are working on a project to build a facility for the homeless. Currently they are using local churches to help with housing.

Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA) Food Distribution Center

2146 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 8 AM-5PM

TCAA operates Tempe's largest Food Pantry, feeding more than 14,000 seniors, adults and children each year. Eligible households may receive emergency food boxes at TCAA up to twice monthly. Seniors may access an additional food box each month through the Food Plus program. Additionally, TCAA delivers emergency food boxes to participating Tempe Schools on a monthly basis for students and families in need. TCAA also offers single-sized food bags for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Requirements: To access emergency food boxes bring a photo ID and proof of Tempe or Fountain Hills residency (not required for those who are homeless)

Potter's House / Urban Outreach

215 E. University Drive, Tempe AZ 85281
(480) 967-3376

First United Methodist Church.

Meals: Breakfast Fridays 7 - 10 a.m.
Medical Services: Fridays 7 - 10 a.m.

Salvation Army

714 S. Myrtle Ave., Tempe AZ 85281


food boxes / food pantry • rent/mortgage and utility assistance

This Salvation Army location is a community center dedicated to providing an assortment of services to the Tempe community.

Services include Christian education, disaster services, emergency financial assistance, emergency shelter, women and men's ministries, and worship services.

Paz de Cristo / St Vincent De Paul Society

424 W Broadway Rd., Mesa, AZ 85210


Paz de Cristo helps people struggling with hunger, poverty, and homelessness.

Last year, more than 22,000 people in Maricopa County were homeless, and one in seven Arizonans struggled with hunger.

That's why more than 50,000 meals are provided each month at Paz de Cristo, and we don't stop there. We give people a hand so that they can get back on their feet. We Feed, Clothe and Empower.

Founded in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization of lay Catholics, following Christ's call to serve the poor, the suffering, and the deprived. Our founding activity, still practiced today, is the Home Visit. Through these visits, Vincentian members establish personal relationships with our neighbors in need, not only providing material assistance such as rent, utilities, food, or clothing, but also offering friendship, understanding, and prayer.

Comment: Paz de Cristo on Broadway and Country Club has all kinds of services for the homeless.
Comment: Reach out to St Vincent De Paul. Also, Paz De Cristo is a sit down soup kitchen where they can get fed a hot meal. I have actually eaten WITH the homeless there and the food is plentiful and hot.
Comment: Both of these a great places to get food and other services to help the homeless.
Comment: They also have a mobile shower unit on site.
Comment: Also have a mobile clinic for health check ups and vaccines.
Comment: He can go to Paz de Cristo on southern and Alma school to get free meals also clothing.
Comment: As mentioned before, Paz de Cristo (at Country Club & Broadway, Mesa) has dinner meals and extensive services. Saint Vincent Depaul (at MacDonald & Broadway, Mesa) has breakfast and help.
Comment: The Paz de cristo mission on Broadway and country club will help them get birth certificate so cards and az ID cards. I know this for a fact. I hope this helps!

ACTS Homeless Ministry

933 N. Lindsay Rd., Mesa, AZ 85213


The mission of the ACTS Homeless Ministry is to reach out and serve the homeless and working poor in our community with love, respect, and acceptance, and to provide for their physical and spiritual needs in order to show the love of Christ.

What We Do: On the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month we pick up guests with vans and bring them to the Mesa campus for breakfast, showers, clean clothing, haircuts and a variety of other resources to help and support them.

Comment: The first and third Saturday of each month helps homeless in services. They send vans out to pick up spots for people without transpertation. They would help those trying to be off the streets and have had success.

Sun Valley Community Church

6101 S River Dr, Tempe, AZ 85283


Comment: Could you also let them know that Sun Valley Community Church provides shelter and food for the homeless every Wednesday night. They are on River near Guadalupe and the 101.

Cloud Covered Streets

67 W Broadway Rd, Mesa, AZ 85210
(480) 695-0004


We provide showers, laundry services, haircuts, and employment to the homeless.

In May of 2016 Cloud Covered Streets received our 501c3 nonprofit status. When I was out on the streets, our goal from the start was to develop friendships with the people we helped. I always tried to make sure everyone we met understood that we cared about them. One of the questions I would always ask was: "What is something you could really use?" The most common answer was "A shower."

Their answers started over a three year project to bring them what they need. I researched and found others who were bringing showers to the streets, but they hadn't combined other resources like a laundry machine, so they would shower and then put back on dirty clothes. We wanted to do better. Along the way we had multiple construction and fabrication companies promise to help our dream come true, only to disappear when needed. So we decided to build it ourself. We bought an empty 22 foot cargo trailer, and with the help of a couple friends, and a couple local businesses, we completed the build of our first mobile shower/laundry trailer in March of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic caused a delay in our launch, but soon we will be out on the streets and helping those experiencing homelessness.

Comment: Cloud Covered Streets offers showers, haircuts and laundry service. They are at the St Vincent de Paul at 67 E Broadway every Friday. This location also has meals. Sometimes hot and sometimes cold. They also give them food to take for a later meal.

A New Leaf

868 E University Dr, Mesa, AZ 85203
602-595-8700 (families)

If you are experiencing homelessness call Centralized Services at 877-211-8661. Families should call The Family Housing Hub at 602-595-8700. If you are experiencing domestic violence, call (480) 890-3039 or 1-844-SAFEDVS

Since 1971, A New Leaf has provided assistance to those most in need in our community, helping families, children, and adults overcome the challenges they face.

These challenges are often unexpected, and can be devastating. Whether it be the loss of a job, a medical crisis, domestic violence, homelessness, or another heartbreaking crisis, A New Leaf is here to help households recover and thrive.

With a rich ecosystem of services, A New Leaf provides a comprehensive foundation for families and individuals who fall on hard times or are looking to get ahead.

Brian Garcia Welcome Center on the Human Services Campus

206 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007
234 S. 12th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85007
(corner of 12th Avenue and Madison Street)
Office Hours: Mondays through Fridays 7:30am to 5pm.

Shelter and social services for homeless individuals

Single Adult Homeless Shelter. Access to shelter services for all single adults, youth 18+.

People who are homeless often face more paramount and complex barriers beyond their homelessness. Providing a meal and a safe place to sleep is just the first step in the healing process.

The Single Adult facility shelters over 400 homeless men and women each night and over 4,100 people annually in its downtown Phoenix location on the Human Service Campus.

Personal hygiene supplies are provided including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and tooth brushes, razors and shaving cream, sunscreen, towels, blankets, sheets and clothing.

We provide shelter and supportive services to empower our clients to regain stability, begin to rebuild their lives and end their homelessness. Once in the Shelter, clients meet with a Case Manager who helps the client build a unique case plan in ending their homelessness. Veterans can engage in a veteran-specific program to address their needs and connect with veterans services. Case managers guide clients in securing health and social services, obtaining income, budgeting, saving and seeking permanent housing.

Access to the Single Adult Shelter is provided through the Human Services Campus' Brian Garcia welcome center. Visit the welcome center at 12th Avenue & Madison or call 602-759-5356 for additional information.

AZ HUGS for the Houseless


Sponsored by Arizona Jews For Justice: "We are an @az_jews_for_justice initiative that aims to spread dignity, respect, understanding, friendship, & love to those experiencing homelessness"

AZ HUGS for the Houseless' mission is to spread dignity, respect, understanding, friendship, solidarity, empathy, and love to those living on the streets.

Every week for the last year and ahalf, in collaboration with ASU Project Humanities and many other amazing people around Arizona, AJJ's Community Outreach Organizer Austin Davis and his team delivered care packs, food, water, tents and special request items to our unsheltered community in the Greater Phoenix area and all over the state.

In addition to providing unsheltered community members with essential items, a major part of what we do involves having conversations, listening to people, and becoming friends with them. Austin asks people what they want the most right in that moment, and then he brings them those items on his next delivery, in collaboration with our community and their donations and generosity.

Whether it's a hand mirror, a green suitcase, a warm dinner, work boots, being able to listen to their favorite song, a Chicken Soup For the Soul book, medicine, a fuel pump for a car, or even a pack of Q-tips or band-aids, we've seen firsthand how happy and loved this small act makes people feel.

If you'd like to buy a specific item for a specific person, you can at the bottom of this page!

Scroll down to see pictures from our outreach, hear stories from the unsheltered, take a look at what items would make real individuals in our state smile, and learn about the many ways you can get involved!

Homeless ID Project

206 S 12th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007
(602) 223-3427


Need an ID?
Our mission at Homeless ID Project is to empower others to end their homelessness and rebuild their lives by providing identification replacement services. Homeless ID Project has been helping people who are homeless or experiencing extreme poverty to obtain identifying documents for 30 years. If you need assistance please visit us. We are available on the Human Services Campus in downtown Phoenix Monday - Friday beginning at 7:30. First come, first served.
Identity Documents: Procurement of birth certificates and supporting documents necessary to obtain an Arizona ID or driver's license
Financial Assistance: Purchase of Arizona ID or driver's license including transportation to the MVD
File Storage: Safe storage of birth certificates and other documents to prevent loss, theft or destruction
Additional Help: Referrals to rehabilitation programs, food and housing sources, medical assistance, and other agencies

Comment: You can make an appointment with the DMV and they print it out right then.
Comment: They don't have any of their documents. They are working with Homeless ID Project to retrieve them. This is a common step with folks experiencing homelessness.

Comment: Have him check this out they help homeless obtain IDs at no cost. Homeless ID Project.

Family Housing Hub (FHH)

3307 E. Van Buren St., #108, Phoeniz AZ 85034

Office Hours: Monday: 8 am - 7 pm • Tuesday-Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm • Friday: 10 am - 4 pm

Housing solutions for homeless families

We can help families with children under 18 years old who are at risk of or are currently experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to help families identify existing resources available for immediate housing.

Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)

230 S 12th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007


Mission: Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness among individuals and families while advancing compassionate community solutions.
Vision: A community where everyone has a home.
What We Do: Shelter is where our support begins, but CASS provides more than just a place to sleep. Our model is effective because we provide wrap-around case management and supportive services to stabilize our clients, help them find employment and move into permanent housing.

Founded over 35 years ago, CASS is the largest and longest serving homeless emergency shelter provider in Arizona. Both our adult and family shelters operate at full capacity 24/7, 365 days of the year. Serving the entire Phoenix metropolitan area, CASS is a regional solution to homelessness, working to fill service gaps and help thousands of people transform their lives, get a roof over their head, a job, and a chance at a new life.

Comment: Have them contact Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) 602-256-6945. They provide services for the homeless and they help with housing too.

Comment: I drop off clothes and stuff to Central Azrizona Shelter Services 602-256-6945. Homeless Shelter 230 S 12th ave Phoenix 85007. There are a lot of homelesss outside of the facility.

Community Bridges

Administration Office, 1855 W Baseline Rd #101, Mesa, AZ 85202


Mental health / substance abuse

If a person appears to be in a mental crisis that is an emergency that appears to be life threatening, dial 911. It if appears that is non-emergent, call the CBI Path Team (Mental Health Clinicians who specialize in mental health and homelessness) at 1-844-691-5948

We at CBI strive to help the people in our community become the best possible version of themselves. In our Patient-Centered Medical Homes, we promote an integrated model of recovery that encompasses physical and mental well-being.

Community Bridges, Inc. (CBI) uses a holistic - or integrated - approach to addiction treatment and behavioral health concerns. We take each person's unique traits and issues into account to design a treatment plan. Using a combination of education, therapy, housing, medications, peer support, inspiration, hope and other supportive services, our solutions are never one-size-fits-all. People are unique, and their treatment plan should be too.

CBI's passionate and dedicated team of medical and behavioral health professionals share a common philosophy to attend to the needs of our communities. With a mission of maintaining the dignity of human life, we can't help but be agents of positive change in our communities.

Many of our employees are peers and they have been in your shoes. Peers are the heart of CBI, and they know exactly what it takes to help you discover the road to recovery. They provide daily assistance, hope, education, and support to people through treatment. Most importantly peers give our patients the individual care they need at the time they need it.

Comment: Call CBI, Community Bridges Inc. Or Terros for case management. Ask about Phoenix Housing Authority, HUD housing, etc. for low income housing. They have endless resources.

Comment: Call PATH Team - Community Bridges, 24 hour, 7 day a week access 1-844-691-5948

UMOM New Day Centers

3333 E Van Buren St Phoenix, AZ 85008
(602) 275-7852


Our Mission is to restore hope, rebuild lives, and end homelessness.

Everything that matters starts with a home. UMOM restores hope and rebuilds lives by providing shelter, services and affordable housing for people experiencing homelessness

Founded in 1964, UMOM is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is an innovative provider of shelter, housing and services for people experiencing homelessness. Every night we provide safe shelter and supportive services for nearly 700 individuals experiencing homelessness – 155 families and 130 single women. We also offer over 550 units of affordable housing across the Valley.

Comment: UMOM's Halle Women's Center will take Mary and her dog, provided she can get a written note from a physician that states the pup is a companion animal. Not a problem, since UMOM has a health clinic and a provider there can help get that written up. They are unable to take him, however, but there are men's shelters that will. UMOM will help find them an affordable place to live, although it won't be overnight. She can call (602) 275-7852 to get on the list. They will also provide bus passes for transportation.

Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES)

120 W 1st Ave, Mesa, AZ 85210


Welcome to the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES). DES works with families, community organizations, advocates and state and federal partners to realize our collective vision that every child, adult, and family in Arizona will be safe and economically secure.

DES works to promote enhanced safety and well-being for Arizonans by focusing on three primary goals:

Whether you are an individual who needs help, a potential employee passionate about helping others, or a part of the extensive network of human service professionals throughout Arizona dedicated to improving outcomes for children and families, we look forward to working with you to create a better tomorrow by providing support today.

Our Goals:

Comment: I believe every community has their own version of CARES organization that could possibly help them with a deposit for an apartment and utilities when they find it and I just recently found out by accident that D.E.S. has a program where they help families pay rent up to $3,500 I think a month, I just glanced at it and if I find the link again I will post it.

Parks Officer Program

The HOPE team has a long-standing partnership with Tempe's Parks Officer Program. These specially-trained officers engage those who are experiencing homelessness, respond to homeless encampments, address community issues, help conduct the annual Point-in-Time homeless count and more.

HOPE outreach specialists and parks officers are out in the community every day assisting those in need and addressing community concerns.

This collaborative work - along with the additional layer of park security from the private security force G4S - has enhanced engagement with those in need and improved the feeling of safety in city parks and public spaces.

Lost Our Home: Pet Rescue

(Shelter Location) 2323 South Hardy Drive, Tempe AZ 85282
Adoption Hours (by appointment only): Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30p.m.
Food Bank Hours (by appointment only), Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30p.m.
Donations Hours (donations accepted daily), Monday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m.-5:30p.m.

Our Mission: to provide compassionate services to pets and pet parents in crisis.

Lost Our Home Pet Rescue was founded in 2008 as a grassroots response to the housing crisis that left thousands of people displaced and thousands of pets abandoned. Lost Our Home Founder and Executive Director, Jodi Polanski, worked as a local mortgage banker during that time and witnessed these devastating results firsthand.

Over the past 12 years, Lost Our Home Pet Rescue has grown substantially to become an integral part of the community, and today it fills the gap that once existed for pets and pet parents in crisis. Lost Our Home delivers not only life-changing, but also life-saving, programs that is breaking new ground in how pet rescue organizations today are interfacing with many of society's challenging needs.

Helping Hands For Homeless Hounds


Comment: Have him contact Cheryl King Wade at 602-410-0983. She works with the homeless to help them get their IDs, housing and benefits.

Mercy Maricopa

602-586-1841 or 1-800-564-5465 (toll-free)

Mental health / substance abuse

Mercy Care is a not-for-profit health plan offering integrated care to children, adults and seniors eligible for AHCCCS benefits. Our broad network of providers offers services and supports for members with:

D2 Homes for Homeless

(480) 331-6319

D2 is a 501c3 focused on prevention of homelessness for the Serious Mentally Ill (SMI) population.

Mission: Humanize the homeless by providing dignity in a bag and prioritize lives that may not normally qualify for support through government programs. Provide housing related resources to the Seriously Mentally Ill (SMI) who live independently and experience a temporary setback so they remain productive members of society.

Vision: Re-frame mental health by minimizing the stigma that creates barriers to housing and employment. Instill a sense of philanthropy into students and surrounding communities with our homeless outreach program.

TigerMountain Foundation

3146 E Wier Ave Ste 31 Phoenix, AZ 85040


Non-Profit Community Gardens. Challenged Communities need help, especially with areas where there is increased incarceration and poor health choices. The TigerMountain Foundation reverses that problem through our community gardens and agri-landscaping initiatives. These initiatives teach practical life skills to youth, adults and seniors, keeping them out of jail, and improving their lives and community. We are a Non-Profit Organization that manages Community Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. See more of TigerMountain Foundation at work in the Video Library.

The TigerMountain Foundation (TMF) plants fruits & veggies while cultivating better communities. This is done through community garden volunteer work. Our multi-cultural, inter-generational Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) means we don't give a handout, we give the community a hand up.

Comment: I work with TigerMountain Foundation and we have received a grant that will let us set up four workshops in Tempe for homeless folks that will provide mobile showers, haircuts, manicures, basic health/dental services, and resources where they can get help for a variety of needs. We will be promoting the workshops during 2022.

Comment: If Lee can get to the MAC6 complex at Priest and Broadway Tuesday and Thursday mornings, he can get a job with TigerMountain Foundation. We are putting in edible landscaping and community gardens on the site, and we hire people who are homeless. We also help them get their needs met. They would be working outdoors for a couple of hours each day, each week. I think they start at 8 and work until 10 or 11. Tell him to ask for Carol or Brandon and they will get him started. While working, they will learn gardening, nutrition, workforce development and financial literacy skills. They will be eligible for a mentor. This opportunity is available for any homeless person who is trying to get back on their feet or just want to make some money. We pay $15 per hour I think. I write grants for the organization, but my friend Carol oversees gardening education.

TIP: Solar Charger

A homeless person commented that one of the most challenging aspects of being homeless, even for a person with a full-time job, is finding a place to charge a cell phone. There are no cell phone charging stations out on the streets, or in parks. And there are limits to when or how often one can go to a place that allows such charging, such as at a Starbucks.

Comment: Someone should give them a solar charger. Harbor Freight sells them. It's a folding pad you can plug a phone or tablet into to charge.

Comment: Walmart has one for $13.59 (reduced price right now)

Comment: I saw them on Amazon. I thought they could be helpful to lots of people. I know a lady who lives in her van and a friend gave her one and it makes all the difference in the world.

TIP: Can Their Employer Help?

Comment: [In reference to a homeless person with a 40-hour-per-week job] I wonder if her employer would help with ether more money or a company car or something? Or her co-workers, if they knew about her situation.

Discussion about homelessness and dogs

Comment: I think the shelters don't allow dogs.

Comment: If the dog is a legitimate service animal, the the shelter has to allow it. https://adata.org/service-animal-resource-hub/emergencies

It's a federal disability law. So all places have to allow a service dog. And it's also illegal to ask for proof that is to a service animal. Though a little vest that says service animal goes a long way in smoothing things. So he should be fine at any shelter. Private rentals can of course charge a pet deposit. But they can't deny the dog.

Comment: From what I've heard some [shelters allow dogs] because it's extra incentive, but not all do for sure.

Comment: Yes this is an issue that people abuse. People buy vests off of Amazon.com and take their self-appointed "service animals" around, taking them everywhere. So people that really need them are looked at like they are a fake. This is why there should be a visible license that is issued similar to a handicap placard.

Comment: I ran into that problem quite a bit. People pretend that's it's a legitimate service animal. But the law states that you can't ask for proof. It's considered discrimination. So people abuse the law.

Comment: Go to hud.gov for more information.

Recently homeless

Comment: I cannot tell you just how many of us like him are out here! I've been trying to bring awareness through social media and people quickly reply with compassion and some with hate, but then everyone turns the other cheek because they don't know how to help or leary of getting scammed and that's understandable! However, the problem is still there and not going away but only beginning to get worse! My husband, two dogs and myself just recently became homeless too. We live in our car and have tried so many numbers and resources, to end up with no help. We don't have children at home anymore, so there's less of a chance for help. We are middle aged people, who just 3 months ago were doing just fine. I'm still in shock and nowhere to turn. We park at a truckstop or the McDonald's across the street every night to sleep, and we are one out of at least 20 others there who are in the same boat. Just recently homeless and lost with nowhere to go. It's very sad and it's getting worse by the day. It makes me angry too.

Comment: Just throwing ideas out there, but with 20 people in the same boat, I would try to pool resources. For example, If just ten out of the 20 people worked at the minimum of $15hr, that's 15x10=$150hr. X 8hrs a day = $1200 a day. = $6000 a week. =$24,000 thousand a month! You can rent a mansion for all you for that amount. And money talks. You have that much money,doors will be flung open. For all of you. And with that much cash and still ten people not working, that leaves time to do all the other necessary things. Why wait for the government to give each of you scraps? Of course, that would require cooperation and trust. But just ten people doing that for only one month gives $24,000. Anyway, before I hear from the critics, I lived in my mini van for six months. Took showers with a portable bag I would fill up and I would hang towels around the doors. I also took cat baths at libraries and other public restrooms. I know the feeling of being looked down upon for my appearance. I didn't have a phone or food stamps or any of those things. Walmart parking lot was my home. I did eventually park at a church, but the members looked down on me too. Except the pastor. But none would let me shower at their home. I could go on. But the point is I did something similar. And that's when minimum wage was under 8hr. I got a group together and we rented a house together. So I know first hand it can be done.


AZCEND - Chandler: 345 S. California St, Chandler, AZ 85225 • 480-963-4321
AZCEND - Gilbert: Heritage Center, 132 W Bruce Ave., Gilbert, AZ 85233 • 480-428-5446

Founded in 1966, AZCEND changes lives by nourishing minds and bodies to create a connected, thriving community. Last fiscal year (2017/2018), AZCEND served 16,989 unique individuals from 5,794 households.

Food Bank: AZCEND's Food Bank distributed 12,968 food boxes last year. That was enough food to feed 48,189 individuals for at least 3 days (12,597 unique individuals). We received 1,201,808 pounds of donated food from various partners.

Emergency Food Boxes: Emergency food boxes tailored to family size and special dietary needs, including infants, children, and homeless individuals are distributed Monday 12:00 PM through 3:00 PM and Tuesday 3:00 PM through 6:00 PM, Wednesday and Thursday 9:00 AM through 12:00 PM. Third Saturday of the month from 9 to 12

Supplemental Food Boxes: Supplemental food boxes containing fresh perishable food are distributed every Friday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Food tickets are distributed beginning at 7:30 AM.

CAP (Community Action Program): CAP is funded in part by the City of Chandler, Maricopa County Human Services Department, Department of Economic Security, Town of Gilbert, and Valley of the Sun United Way. AZCEND CAP programs offer a balanced approach to meet the needs of our community: • Case Management • Goal Planning Through Life Action Maps • Job Training • Employment and Education Referrals • Financial Education • Referrals to Other Services and Programs • Follow-up and ongoing support • Emergency Financial Assistance • Utility Assistance • Eviction Prevention • Shelter/Housing Referrals • Food and Clothing Referrals

New storage solution to reunite people with belongings lost at parks


New storage solution to reunite people with belongings lost at parks, other locations. Effort to benefit entire community, including individuals whose homelessness could be prolonged by lost IDs, documents

Tempe wants to make it easier for residents to reclaim personal belongings left behind at parks, facilities and other city locations.
This new effort would benefit the entire Tempe community, but particularly homeless individuals whose homelessness could be extended if they lose IDs, documents or personal belongings. For instance, a homeless veteran without an ID may be unable to access military benefits or housing.
The city issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) this month to identify qualified vendors to log, transport and store personal belongings found at parks, city facilities, bus stops, pathways and other locations.
Individuals who have lost something would then go to the storage location to pick up their belongings. 
The storage solution is part of a citywide strategy to expand services that assist homeless individuals and families while also ensuring that public spaces are safe and welcoming.
The City Council has invested heavily in this strategy and funding supports broad efforts through Human Services, Community Services, Tempe Police, Neighborhood Services and Communication and Media Relations.
As part of this investment, the City Council approved a $25,000 request last year from Community Services to support the storage plan.
"Our goal is to create an easy way for all residents to reclaim important items that have been left behind on city property," said Community Services Director Keith Burke. "For individuals who are homeless, this is especially important. They are not going to be able to access social services, shelter or housing without IDs, birth certificates and other documents. We want to eliminate barriers to getting help."
The storage solution idea grew out of the city's Homeless Solutions Task Force, which identified a need to secure property that is left behind in public places and at encampments that are scheduled for cleanup
As part of the city's storage RFP, the vendor would:

Other Resources

All information from the front side ("page 1") of the City of Tempe Human Services flyer used by the Homeless Outreach Team is incorporated above. The back side ("page 2") from this flyer appears below:

Rent/Mortgage and Utility Assistance
TCAA: 480-389-1375 • 2146 E. Apache Blvd, Tempe, AZ 85281
Salvation Army: 480-967-8649 • 714 S. Myrtle Ave., Tempe AZ 85281

AZ Dept. of Economic Security: 855-777-8590 • 5324 E. Washington St., Phoenix AZ

VA-Community Resource Referral Center (CRRC): 602-248-6040 • 1500 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix AZ
Walk-in hours: Mon-Fr 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Domestic Violence
If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 9-1-1
CARE 7: 480-350-8004 (24 hours/day)
Protective orders, court accompaniment, safety plans and victim rights
A New Leaf: 480-890-339
Centralized screening intakes for domestic violence victims seeking shelter.

Child Crisis Arizona: 480-834-9424
Safe Place: 602-841-5899 or text the word safe and your current location (city/state/zip) to 4HELP (44357)
Services for homeless LGBTQ youth: 602-400-2601