[Source: Sadie Jo Smokey, Arizona Republic] — They’ll walk. They’ll share a meal. And hopefully, they’ll challenge the preconceived notions and myths about people who are experiencing homelessness. This week, a coalition of 11 service providers, faith-based organizations, and non-profits which make up the Homelessness Awareness Coalition, will do their part to raise knowledge on the complex issue. Their lofty goal, to end homelessness in Maricopa County.
According to Brian Spicker of Valley of the Sun United Way, about 8,000 individuals experience homelessness each day in Maricopa County and 14 percent of Arizona’s population lives in poverty. More and more families and individuals are turning to Valley providers for assistance. Lack of financial resources, eviction and job loss are the three most common reasons given by persons entering shelters. “Homelessness impacts diverse people,” Spicker said. “It’s not just a Phoenix issue. It’s a Valley-wide issue. At our last Homeless Connect, 25 percent of attendees were newly homeless.” [Note: Read the full article at Coalition raises community awareness of metro Phoenix homelessness.]
Phoenix residents can learn how their neighborhood association or Block Watch can approach funding sources and obtain financial help for neighborhood improvement programs during a free workshop set from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 1, at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N. Central Ave. Representatives from the Valley of the Sun United Way, Arizona Community Foundation, and the city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Department will provide practical tips on accessing funding sources and strategies to secure funding from them.
The workshop, “Building Financial Capacity,” also will include an overview of a competitive funding program sponsored by the city for neighborhoods with active associations or organizations. Participants will learn about eligible activities, who can apply and how to apply for the program, which is called the Neighborhood Enhancement Program. For more information or to register, call 602-495-0873.