ARIZONA NEWS

Tempe buys motel for homeless, gets grant to fund shelter beds

Sep 16, 2021, 4:05 AM

A pedestrian walks along next to a homeless encampment as temperatures continue to soar past 115-de...

A pedestrian walks along next to a homeless encampment as temperatures continue to soar past 115-degrees Thursday, June 17, 2021, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX — The city of Tempe on Tuesday announced the purchase of a 40-room motel to provide temporary housing to the homeless.

The shelter, located near Apache Boulevard and Loop 101, is scheduled to open in December 2021 following repairs, officials said in a press release.

The Tempe City Council approved the $3.3 million property purchase last week using federal funds through the American Rescue Plan Act.

Along with the new shelter space, the city council approved $450,000 in nonprofit grants to provide 62 beds. The grants were awarded by a partner of the city, Tempe Community Council, officials said.

The Tempe Community Action Agency is set to receive $281,980 to fund at least half of the shelter beds for adults, as well as other forms of assistance, including housing navigation.

There’s also about $170,000 going to A New Leaf to take people to East Valley Men’s Center in Mesa, where they will get various forms of assistance, such as behavioral health services and housing support.

The property will eventually be built for permanent, affordable multi-family housing, officials said, in alignment the Affordable Housing Strategy and Hometown for All initiative. No date was mentioned on its future development.

“By working with nonprofit partners to expand shelter space and purchasing a motel for temporary housing, we are not only providing significantly more safe spaces for people in need but also creating a truly viable path toward ending homelessness,” Tempe Mayor Corey Woods said in 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

File photo of Phoenix Police cruiser with lights on at night...

KTAR.com

Collision leaves 1 dead, another seriously injured in north Phoenix

Police is investigating a collision that killed one adult man and seriously injured another in north Phoenix.

2 hours ago

File photo showing the side of a Phoenix police department SUV stopped in front of a wall on the si...

KTAR.com

South Phoenix collision leaves 1 dead, 2 others hospitalized

Phoenix detectives are investigating a collision Sunday morning that left one passenger dead, two other people hospitalized.

2 hours ago

(KTAR file photos)...

KTAR.com

Weekend wrap-up: Here are the biggest Phoenix news stories from March 1-3

From bad driving and airport expansions to crimes and sliders, here are some of the biggest stories in Phoenix from this weekend.

2 hours ago

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024, in Washington. The U.S. Supreme Court has h...

Associated Press

Supreme Court decision on Trump’s election status could come Monday morning

A SCOTUS decision could come Monday in the case about whether Trump can be kicked off the ballot over his efforts to undo his 2020 defeat.

3 hours ago

Republican presidential candidate former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley poses for a selfie after speakin...

Associated Press

Nikki Haley wins D.C. Republican primary, her first 2024 victory

Nikki Haley has won the Republican primary in the District of Columbia, notching her first victory of the 2024 campaign.

3 hours ago

FILE - A voting sign is seen near a voting center at Croft Baptist Church, Feb. 24, 2024, in Sparta...

Associated Press

A chunk of Republican primary and caucus voters say they wouldn’t vote for Trump as the GOP nominee

About 1 in 10 early contest voters who said they supported Trump in the 2020 general election said they wouldn’t be doing so this year.

6 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

Collins Comfort Masters

Here’s 1 way to ensure your family is drinking safe water

Water is maybe one of the most important resources in our lives, and especially if you have kids, you want them to have access to safe water.

(KTAR News Graphic)...

Boys & Girls Clubs

KTAR launches online holiday auction benefitting Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley

KTAR is teaming up with The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Valley for a holiday auction benefitting thousands of Valley kids.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

Tempe buys motel for homeless, gets grant to fund shelter beds