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Homeless people can find relief in new housing community in Phoenix

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PHOENIX — There are more than 22,000 homeless people in Maricopa County and officials are looking to combat the problem.

A new supportive housing community will open in Phoenix on Jan. 18 as a result from a collaboration between Native American Connections, Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa.

The facility, called Camelback Pointe, will be located near 15th Avenue and Camelback Road and will feature 54 units.

According to a press release, Camelback Pointe will allow “individuals to live independently while having access to cost- effective and humane on-site services to support them through relapse, loss of income, daily living skills, and serious physical health and general mental health issues.”

“This support allows residents to increase their housing stability, reduce reliance on public services and improve their overall health and well-being,” the release read.

In addition to providing its residents with on-site resources, the facility itself is also located close to medical services, employment centers, and social and educational opportunities, according to Joe Keeper, Native American Connections’s real estate director.

“With the increase in homelessness, spaces like Camelback Pointe are vital to the community,” said Tad Gary, Mercy Maricopa’s chief operating officer.

“We’re dedicated to continued collaboration with our community partners to help those individuals who need a safe place to live. We’re proud to be part of a housing initiative that will make a difference in the community.”

The facility was funded in part by Mercy Care Plan and Mercy Maricopa, which provided more than $200,000 last year to help fund 13 of the 54 units in the central Phoenix complex.

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