Phoenix homeless shelter suffers flood damage in monsoon storm
PHOENIX — UMOM New Day Centers, a homeless shelter for youth and families in Phoenix, suffered significant flood damage in Thursday’s monsoon storm.
In a press release, UMOM said it “sustained substantial damage” from the storm, and that the nonprofit estimates its cost of repairs to be in the tens of thousands of dollars.
“The three-story E Building in the back of campus took the brunt of the damage with the entire first floor flooding,” the release said. ‘This impacted all of the shelter units on that floor, five staff offices and the elevator.”
A dozen families were relocated, but there were vacant units for them to move to. Thus, no families were displaced from the facility, they said.
There was also minor damage at their child development center, as well as tree damage. Six staff vehicles were “impacted” by parking lots flooding.
“As a nonprofit, we rely on the community to support our programs services,” said UMOM Chief Administrative Officer Dan Gottry via the release. “Today we ask them to lend a hand and help us with the funds needed for repairs so we can continue to prevent and end homelessness.”
The campus is located on Van Buren Street in Phoenix.
Thursday’s storm was indeed a major one in the Phoenix area, causing a major closure of Shea Boulevard, the roof of a strip mall to collapse, the closure of the Phoenix Zoo and more. A tornado was also spotted south of downtown Phoenix.
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