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Housing 2025.

Our community is experiencing a homelessness crisis. By the year 2025, St. Vincent de Paul will move 2,025 people into permanent housing.

Rehousing Progress as of January 2024

Housed so far

Goal

1685 individuals
2025 housed
647 Single adults housed
1038 Parents and children housed
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Housing the unsheltered, with stability and hope.

By the year 2025, St. Vincent de Paul will move 2,025 of those people into permanent housing.

That goal is a 20% increase in St. Vincent de Paul's permanent rehousing rate and a commitment to meeting this moment of immense need with urgency, skill and compassion. Our team embarked on this goal in October 2022, in alignment with the beginning of our fiscal year.

What you should know
1.
Increase in Homelessness

There was a 23% increase in Arizona's homeless population in 2022 according to a December U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report.

2.
Housing Shortage

The state is short 270,000 housing units, according to the Arizona Department of Housing. A scarcity of affordable housing, paired with Arizona’s booming population growth, has been driving up rental prices and forcing people out of their homes.

3.
Rent Has Increased

Phoenix's median rent increased 46% in 2022 over the previous year according to national data. At the time of the report, the median rental price in Phoenix was $2,350, increasing more than $700 over the preceding year.

4.
Cost Burdens

There are 375,000 Arizonans with an annual income of $25,000 or less, meaning they can afford to pay only $625 per month for rent and utilities without being cost-burdened, according to the Arizona Department of Housing.

Point-in-Time Homeless Count

Every January, Maricopa County Association of Governments conducts the Point-in-Time (PIT) Homelessness Count of all those living on the street and in shelter to determine the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point in time. While it is impossible to count every person, especially those couch surfing, it does provide a snapshot of homelessness in our community. The PIT Count happens each January and results of the count are expected in the summertime.

Next: What are we doing
SVdP is working to help the homelessness crisis. Learn more about the progress of the campaign and how you can help.
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Our Focus

Moving people into permanent housing (not shelter, not transitional housing, not temporary housing). We are moving people HOME. This increases SVdP's permanent rehousing rate by 20%. While we work on all kinds of rehousing, this goal looks to increase specifically permanent rehousing so that people are less likely to return to homelessness. We hope to rally the community around a shared goal and invite people to do their part in helping address the homelessness they see.

Donate Now

Join the Housing 2025 goal and help St. Vincent de Paul permanently house 2,025 people by 2025. Every contribution goes toward moving someone out of homelessness and into a home of their very own.

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SVdP Rehouses People Through

Named after the founder of St. Vincent de Paul, Ozanam Manor is our transitional housing program with 60 beds for seniors, veterans and adults with disabilities–a population that continues to fall into homelessness as fixed incomes struggle to keep pace with medical needs and rising costs. A dormitory-style shelter, each resident has their own bed and dorm area while living in community. They participate in group activities, have access to life courses, volunteer and meet one-on-one with case managers to work toward independent living, stabilizing health and moving into a home of their own.

With 200 beds, the Washington Street Shelter serves as a pipeline to housing with intense wraparound services to end homelessness in its direct neighborhood and downtown. Each resident’s bed is their own until they secure housing. Open day and night, the shelter provides three meals a day, showers and basic needs, while also connecting residents to case management, mental health support, substance abuse services, as well as workforce readiness and volunteering opportunities. The program welcomes people ready and willing to get off the street and rediscover stability and life as a productive citizen again.

St. Vincent de Paul has the distinction of being a leading partner in opening and operating The Washington Street Shelter, which is set to be the model on which additional Valley pocket shelters will be based as the City of Phoenix and Maricopa County aim to decentralize homelessness services. 

Learn more about our Washington St. shelter and what makes it unique from other shelter models.

In the middle of homelessness, it can feel overwhelming not knowing next steps and who to trust as individuals and families try to regain housing. Our Resource Center's Social Work Services team offers care and case management to help individuals and families find their path off the street. With a dedicated case manager and wraparound services, the Social Work Services team helps identify barriers and motivates people to work toward achievable goals. They provide connection to mental health resources and trauma support as well as financial assistance with application fees, deposits, bill and rent payments. Whatever it takes to get someone housed, the Social Work Services team is ready to help people exit homelessness for good.

Our dining rooms serve more than just a hot meal. They present an opportunity for us to work with individuals to address some of the core issues preventing them from regaining house. By bringing a multitude of wraparound services to each of our different dining room locations, our dining room staff is able to work with individuals to address mental health, substance abuse, workforce development obstacles and so much more to help offer people hope and a real chance at getting off the street.

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Paying for a move in...it's complicated

When St. Vincent de Paul talks about rehousing people, we often share about a person's progress toward stability and how we help move people into their new home summing up the finances part with "their deposit and rent was paid." People might imagine it's as easy as SVdP cutting a single check and handing it to the landlord or person/family we're rehousing. 

Behind the scenes is a dizzying process of puzzle-piecing together enough money from different funding sources to meet the higher-than-normal move-in costs. It's a lot of "hurry up and wait." 

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Fact: On average it costs SVdP $3,200 in move-in costs per rehousing case.

Housing Market Competition: Sometimes landlords can't or won't wait for the lengthy restrictive funding process and decide to move on to the next potential renter.

What Happens While People Wait? Usually, individuals or families stay on the street, at a shelter, or in their car. Hotel or motel stays are often out of reach financially. If they're lucky, they might have a friend or family member who puts them up for the couple of weeks it may take to get restrictive funding dispersed.

Key factors at play
1.
Overcoming History

Many of the people we're attempting to rehouse come with a rental history that landed them on the street in the first place (usually a past eviction). To get them back into housing often means paying increased deposits and 1-3 months of rent in advance so landlords feel confident leasing to them.

2.
Restricted vs. Unrestricted Funding

With different sources of funding come different requirements (or restrictions) to use that funding to help rehouse people. Unrestricted funding is open to SVdP's discretion and most helpful to individuals who don't check all the boxes to meet restricted funding.

Restrictions can include by are not limited to:

  • Earmarking (designated for specific utilities, rent assistance only)
  • Demographics (single parent of single income)
  • Circumstances (length of time homelessness, proof of pandemic-related eviction)
  • Amount limits (only up to $1,500 per case, for example)
  • Documentation (proof of ID, a signed lease, pay stubs)
3.
Multiple Pots of Money

Life is rarely so clean cut. Each person comes to us almost always has needs that can't be met entirely by restrictive funds. SVdP first applies restrictive funding where possible, then turns to multiple other funds to pay for remaining expenses.

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When it all comes together

Jamila Dawuni (above) and her daughter, Hannah, share a moment of joy and unbelievable gratitude inside the Resource Center waiting room of SVdP's Diane and Bruce Halle Center for Hope and Healing, which serves those experiencing or at risk of homelessness. SVdP Social Worker Ronnie Smith had just let Jamila know that she was all approved for her new apartment and that SVdP would cover the moving costs.

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Our Process

Paying for a move in...it's complicated

When St. Vincent de Paul talks about rehousing people, we often share about a person's progress toward stability and how we help move people into their new home summing up the finances part with "their deposit and rent was paid." People might imagine it's as easy as SVdP cutting a single check and handing it to the landlord or person/family we're rehousing. 

Behind the scenes is a dizzying process of puzzle-piecing together enough money from different funding sources to meet the higher-than-normal move-in costs. It's a lot of "hurry up and wait."

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How to get involved

Join the Housing 2025 goal and help St. Vincent de Paul permanently house 2,025 people by 2025. Every contribution goes toward moving someone out of homelessness and into a home of their very own.

Choose an amount:
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Dig Deeper

These reads are a selection of additional resources recommended to learn more about homelessness in the community.

An image of the cover of the book The Man in the Dog Park, Coming Up Close to Homelessness by Cathy Small
The Man in the Dog Park

Written by former NAU cultural anthropology professor Cathy A. Small, this book offers the reader a rare window into homeless life. Spurred by a personal relationship with a homelessness man, who co-authored the book, Smalls takes a compelling look at what homeless life is truly like.

Image of the book cover for Homelessness is a Housing Problem, How Structural Factors Explain U.S. Patterns by Colburn and Aldern
Homelessness is a Housing Problem

Housing scholar Gregg Colburn and data journalist Clayton Aldern seek to explain the substantial regional variations in rates of homelessness in cities across the United States.

An image of the cover of the book Rough Sleepers by Tracy Kidder
Rough Sleepers

The powerful story of Dr. Jim O’Connell who made a difference by helping create a program to care for Boston’s homeless community.