Arizona Housing Fund issues first grants totaling $850K for creative projects

Jan 21, 2023, 11:00 AM

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Housing Fund announced this week that four unique projects will receive grants totaling $850,000 to help address the state’s homelessness epidemic.

The projects receiving the grants, which come after three years of private sector fundraising, include the development of shipping container micro-homes and hotel-to-apartment conversions.

“The solution to Arizona’s homelessness crisis is simple. Add more housing. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with these grants,” Arizona Housing Fund Founder Howard Epstein said in a press release.

“In each of these cases, established Arizona nonprofits had projects in the works that needed an extra infusion of funding – often due to materials cost increases since project approvals – and we were able to help close that gap and bring these projects to fruition.”

Arizona Housing Inc. was awarded $300,000 to help homeless seniors and veterans by converting a 50-unit motel near the intersection of Van Buren and 32nd streets to permanent affordable supportive housing.

The property, purchased last year for $5.1 million, will feature full-time, on-site case management services to help residents achieve self-sufficiency and independence while also working with local organizations to provide food. The grant will pay for renovation enhancements and recent material cost escalations, according to the release.

St. Vincent de Paul received $250,000 to build a 100-bed comprehensive transitional community for people experiencing homelessness, with a focus on seniors, veterans and those with disabilities.

Set to be complete by March 2024, the shelter will utilize government and nonprofit partners to help residents navigate life-altering crises.

The Coalition for Compassion and Justice was awarded $200,000 to develop a 25-unit manufactured home park at Paloma Village in Chino Valley.

Along with increasing affordable housing in the area, the park will have on-site services to provide residents access to healthcare insurance and help with disability claims, food assistance, crisis services and treatment. The grant will buy the first manufactured homes and fully furnish a model home to help organizations and community members share their vision for the project, according to the release.

The final $100,000 will be used by Family Promise of Greater Phoenix to develop a six-unit shipping container micro-community in Glendale that will serve as a model for similar micro-communities on church properties, according to the release.

The organization focuses on helping families with children go from homelessness to housing while addressing multiple social determinants.

The grants were approved by the Arizona Housing Fund Advisory Committee, with each of the recipients having at least five years of experience managing and operating sustainable supportive housing, according to the release.

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Arizona Housing Fund issues first grants totaling $850K for creative projects