For Immediate Release
Public Relations Manager/UMOM New Day Centers
Serving the homeless, one bed at a time
PHOENIX (DATE) – Family homelessness continues to be a significant issue in Phoenix. More and more families are in search of safe and secure shelter each night. Three valley organizations have teamed up to try to put an end to family homelessness by sharing their waitlists.
Many individuals and families experiencing homelessness are on waitlists to get into shelters because the need is so great. Through a new coordinated intake process, UMOM New Day Centers, Central Arizona Central Shelter Services (CASS) and The Salvation Army are working together to use every bed that is available as efficiently as possible.
Instead of contacting multiple providers when a family is in need of shelter, they can call one coordinated intake number, hosted by UMOM. Intake staff will manage all available space at the family shelters, and families’ needs will be assessed and they will be connected with the shelter best suited to meet their specific needs at that time.
“We know that the first step to helping a family end their struggles with homelessness is to stabilize their situation by providing shelter and meeting basic needs”, says Billie Cawley, Director of Adult & Family Services of CASS. “With this collaboration we are able to ensure that more families are off the streets, safe and able to work towards stability.”
The Salvation Army will find homeless individuals and families on the streets and put them up in a hotel until UMOM or CASS can step in and place them in their shelter.
“We started using the shared waitlist partnership in December of 2012,” said Mattie Lord, Chief Program Officer at UMOM. “This is a powerful collaboration and since we have started it we have seen a decline in our waitlist.”
As a result of the partnership UMOM has seen a change in their waitlist from 85-90 families in early December to 50-60 families in early February.