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Phoenix, Partners Seek $2.5 Million to House the HomelessPhoenix, Partners Seek $2.5 Million to House the Homeless<div class="ExternalClassE6F96604EE414D9E8319AADD73AD9719"><p>In an unprecedented collaboration, the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County are seeking $2.5 million to house homeless individuals currently living in an overflow shelter and adjacent parking lot in downtown Phoenix.</p><p>Although the parking lot will remain open to the homeless, today is the last day of operation for the Men’s Overflow Shelter on West Madison Street, which is being closed because of structural issues that would cost too much to repair.</p><p>In April, the Valley of Sun United Way will request $1 million each from the city and county Industrial Development Authorities to pay for housing and support services for up to 270 homeless individuals. The Valley of the Sun United Way also plans to contribute $500,000 from the philanthropic community toward the effort.</p><p>“The most important thing is to provide housing first, and then help people with other issues they may be dealing with in their lives,” Mayor Greg Stanton said. “This is a perfect example of how public-private partnerships can solve a pressing community issue.”</p><p>In another first, this past February, the Phoenix City Council voted unanimously to allocate up to 275 of the city’s Housing Choice Vouchers for the chronically homeless. Stanton said he hopes other public housing authorities in the region will follow suit.</p><p>He noted that the council’s action was a logical next step to build on the promise he made — and kept — to end chronic homelessness among veterans by December 2013. </p><p>While permanent housing is being sought, temporary indoor shelter will be provided by the Arizona Department of Housing and Maricopa County in partnership with the Lodestar Day Resource Center across the street from the Men’s Overflow Shelter.</p><p>“As has been our history, Maricopa County continues to lead in its commitment to the homeless,” said Steve Chucri, chairman of the Board of Supervisors. “We are working diligently with our partners at the City of Phoenix, the State of Arizona and the Valley of the Sun United Way to resolve this challenge. We look forward to collaborating on a long-term solution.”</p><p>In preparation for the closure of the overflow shelter, about 50 individuals who were staying there have been housed throughout the Valley since October 2014.</p><p>“I am committed to finding a permanent solution,” Supervisor Steve Gallardo said. “However, this is not just a Maricopa County issue or a City of Phoenix issue. It’s a human issue that will need a global solution. We look forward to quickly implementing the solutions that will eliminate the necessity of the homeless population sleeping in a dangerous warehouse and an overcrowded parking lot."  </p></div>3/31/2015 5:30:00 PMSeth I. Scott, Mayor Stanton's Chief of Staff for Policy, 480-203-4622Bruce Liggett, Director, Maricopa County Human Services Department, 602-506-066