Cooling center opened in Phoenix for people experiencing homelessness

Aug 20, 2021, 3:00 PM
(Human Services Campus photo)...
(Human Services Campus photo)
(Human Services Campus photo)

PHOENIX — The Human Services Campus announced Friday it has opened a cooling center in Phoenix to help people experiencing homelessness amid the sweltering summer heat.

Located on the campus at the southwest corner of Jackson Street and 9th Avenue, the cooling center will be open daily from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. through Sept. 30.

The cooling station will a provide shaded space with tables and chairs, water, hand-washing stations and portable toilets.

It is funded by the city of Phoenix and Maricopa County.

“There are limited options for individuals experiencing homelessness to get a break from the heat and indoor spaces are at reduced capacity because of COVID,” Human Services Campus Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender said in the release.

“We are pleased to be partnering with the city of Phoenix and Maricopa County to offer a safe space.”

Phoenix District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari led the efforts on the partnership, saying in the release it was critical the city took quick action to partner with the Human Services Campus and the county especially as COVID-19 cases rise.

“We must do everything we can to help our most vulnerable during these hot summer months,” Ansari said.

The Human Services Campus is made up of 16 independent agencies that help people experiencing homelessness.

Nearly 1,000 individuals visit the campus daily for a variety of services, according to the release.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook Photo/Bike Easy)...

Chandler wants residents to have their say on protected bike lanes

An East Valley city is asking for feedback through on online survey regarding the potential installation of protected bicycle lanes.
20 hours ago
(Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)...
Associated Press

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes bill to ban tents in public places

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed a bill Thursday that would have prohibited people from setting up tents or tarps in public areas.
20 hours ago
This undated image provided by Raman and Puja Kalra shows their Dairy Queen franchise restaurant in...
Associated Press

Arizona Dairy Queen on the hunt for missing red spoon statue

The owners of a Dairy Queen in Phoenix remain perplexed as to why someone would steal the giant red spoon that adorned their restaurant.
20 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/City of Phoenix, AZ USA)...

Population growth in Maricopa County was largest in nation for second consecutive year

For the second consecutive year, more people have been moving to Maricopa County than any other county in the nation.
20 hours ago
(AP Photo/Reba Saldanha, File)...

Arizona politicians react to indictment of former President Donald Trump

Arizona politicians were quick to speak on the unprecedented news of Donald Trump's indictment, with reactions split along party lines.
20 hours ago
(Google Maps Screenshot)...
Taylor Kinnerup

Arizona’s News Roundup: Phoenix business owners win homelessness suit, Hobbs’ staffer resigns

KTAR’s Arizona’s News Roundup this week catches you up on homeless encampment updates, a change in the governor's office and more.
20 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

(Photo: OCD & Anxiety Treatment Center)...

Here’s what you need to know about OCD and where to find help

It's fair to say that most people know what obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders generally are, but there's a lot more information than meets the eye about a mental health diagnosis that affects about one in every 100 adults in the United States.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
Cooling center opened in Phoenix for people experiencing homelessness