Homelessness in Tempe affects all of us. The issues surrounding homelessness encompass many of society’s most pervasive social concerns like hunger, displaced families, substance abuse, serious mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic health problems. The reasons people fall into homelessness are as varied and unique as the people themselves, stemming from factors such as lack of education, limited job skills, no personal support systems, deep poverty, job loss and lack of affordable housing.
The HOPE team (Homeless Outreach Prevention Effort) provides one-on-one case management and connection to housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In addition HOPE provides traditional street outreach and engagement, housing locator services and assistance with helping section-8 housing clients (and others) to remain housed. View the HOPE services flier for more information on the services provided by the HOPE team. Download your own homeless services reference card for a quick list of local service providers.
“At some point I came to a fork in the road and I took the wrong fork.”
Tempe's work toward ending homelessness often begins on a street corner or under a bridge with the HOPE team. For Paul Van Proyen, chronically homeless and extremely ill after a decade outdoors, it began with the team’s Homeless Outreach Specialist Kelly Denman and a question: “How come you never come talk to me?” When Van Proyen finally did, his life took a dramatic turn. Denman helped Van Proyen into housing and onto a new road. Read more.
Call the HOPE team at 480-858-7993 or 480-350-5844. HOPE is available from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm weekdays
Kim Van Nimwegen, Homeless and Fair Housing Coordinator, 480-350-8856 Kim_VanNimwegen@tempe.gov