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Social services program for low-income families opens in Phoenix neighborhood

The myCommunity Connect Center opens at Maryvale Community Service Center near 67th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix on Thursday, February 18, 2016. (KTAR Photo/Cooper Rummell)

PHOENIX — Low-income residents in a Phoenix neighborhood will soon be able to access a variety of social services, due to a new partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Chicanos Por La Causa.

The myCommunity Connect Center is a pilot program that aims to connect low-income individuals and families with social and medical services. It will be housed within the Maryvale Community Service Center near 67th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix.

“(It is a) simple goal: connect low-income families and individuals with essential social services in a more integrated fashion, really to impact the quality of life they experience,” Austin Pittman, CEO of UnitedHealthcare Community and State, said.

The center will also have a food pantry for diabetics, in addition to providing job training and financial resources to those in need. It will also connect low-income residents with affordable housing options.

Similar centers are expected to open across the country and Pittman said he believes they will make a difference in their respective communities.

“We want to see them get results,” he said. “We want to see them be self-sustaining (and) actually make a difference in the lives of the communities and individuals that we serve.”

Officials said they are expecting approximately 44,000 visits to the center over the next year. UnitedHealthcare also loaned Chicano Por La Causa $20 million to help create a nearby affordable housing complex with support services for residents.

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