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Arizona AG awards $670K to help homeless, vulnerable populations

(Facebook Photo/Central Arizona Shelter Services)

PHOENIX – The Arizona Attorney General’s Office last week announced the award of $670,000 in grants to five groups that assist homeless and vulnerable populations across the state.

“Too many Arizonans live paycheck to paycheck, and many of our seniors don’t have enough in their savings to absorb a medical expense or home repair cost,” Attorney General Mark Brnovich said in a press release.

“High temperatures make this time of year particularly dangerous for vulnerable populations who are struggling to pay their bills or who lack a roof over their heads. Government can’t solve all of society’s inequalities, but partnerships with proven nonprofit organizations can help provide a small safety net for low income and struggling individuals.”

The largest grant, $250,000, went to Phoenix’s Central Arizona Shelter Services for homeless diversion and rental assistance programs that include financial assistance for utility payments, deposits, rents costs and eviction arrears.

“This two-year grant will help us address Arizona’s homeless crisis by giving hundreds of people a small hand up to get back into housing or to reunite with family,” Lisa Glow, the organization’s CEO, said in the release.

“A wise investment that will allow us to help hundreds of senior citizens, veterans, youth, families, men and women who have fallen on hard times.”

The rest of the grants went to Pima County’s Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona ($220,746), Pinal County’s Community Action Human Resources Agency ($63,477), Mohave County’s Cornerstone Mission ($62,971) and Apache County’s Old Concho Community Assistance Center ($63,312).

Twenty-one organizations applied for the grants, which were awarded through a competitive evaluation process.

Funding comes from Arizona’s share of a 19-state, $1.375 billion settlement with Standard & Poor’s after the financial services company was accused of misleading investors leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

Arizona’s share of the 2015 settlement was approximately $21.5 million.

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