March 1, 2013
The city of Phoenix Human Services and Housing departments will participate in the Arizona StandDown event for homeless veterans March 8 -10 at the Arizona State Fairgrounds Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Road.
The Arizona StandDown is the state’s largest outreach event for homeless veterans to gain access to shelter, social services and health care during a single weekend.
“The Arizona StandDown is the least we can do for our homeless veterans to help them find housing and support them with everyday items we take for granted,” said Mayor Greg Stanton. “Veterans are heroes in Phoenix and our communities and no one should be homeless or jobless. I want to make sure that our veterans, who risked their lives for us, aren’t continuing to risk their lives on our streets.”
Homeless and at-risk veterans will be picked up and dropped off at 11 Valley locations throughout the weekend. The locations are: V.A. Medical Center, 650 E. Indian School Road; C.A.S.S., 230 S. 12th Ave.; Phoenix Rescue Mission, 1801 S. 35th Ave.; U.S. Vets, 804 E. Jones Ave.; St. Vincent De Paul, 9227 N. 10th Ave.; UMOM New Day Center, 3333 E. Van Buren St.; Horace Steele Commons, 1735 NW Grand Ave.; M.A.N.A. House, 755 E. Willetta St.; First Christian Church, 6242 N. 59th Ave., Glendale; Paz De Cristo Community Center, 424 W. Broadway Road, Mesa; and The Salvation Army, 714 S. Myrtle St., Tempe. Transportation will begin at 7 a.m. with hourly runs throughout the day.
During the event, veterans will meet more than 70 housing, health care and supportive-service providers ready to help them end homelessness. In addition to one-stop services, veterans will receive new clothing, shelter, meals, shower facilities and housing placement assistance.
The event has grown over the past four years, rising from 743 homeless and at-risk veterans served in 2009 to 1,293 in 2012. Tax-deductible contributions are accepted and can be made online at arizonastanddown.org/donate or by check to Arizona StandDown, 3829 N. Third St., Suite 104, Phoenix, 85012.
For more information about the Arizona StandDown event, visit arizonastanddown.org or call 602-340-9393.