Homelessness in Arizona
Using the definition of homelessness provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, data from the three Arizona Continua of Care estimate that one in every 184 Arizonans experienced homelessness on any given night. The vast majority face significant economic challenges. Their need is for safe, decent, and affordable housing must ultimately be addressed if homelessness is to be ended.
Governor Janice K. Brewer created the Governor’s Arizona Commission on Homelessness and Housing (ACHH) through an Executive Order on January 13, 2010.
The ACHH is chaired by Governor Ducey. In his absence, the designated co-chairs are the Directors of the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Department of Housing. The Commission is the primary decision making authority regarding the content of the Housing Arizona: State Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, the implementation schedule, and strategies.
The purposes of the ACHH are to (1) serve as the statewide homelessness planning and policy development resource for the Governor and the State of Arizona, and (2) oversee the implementation and progress of the Housing Arizona: State Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
State Agency Commitment:
- Attendance at bimonthly ACHH meetings by agency Director or designee
- Active participation of policy-level staff in monthly Work Group meetings
Housing Public Meeting Resources
Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute 38-431.02, notice is hereby given that the Arizona Commission on Homelessness and Housing adheres to Arizona Public Meeting rules. Meetings are open to the public. Notice of date, time and location of meetings will be posted on the online events calendar.
To participate via conference call or for attendees with a disability who like to request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, please contact the DES Homeless Coordination Office at 602-542-4446. Requests should be made as early as possible in order to arrange such accommodation.
Homeless Coordination Office
The State Homeless Coordination Office plans and coordinates strategic activities aimed at ending homelessness in the State of Arizona. Through contracts with community based organizations and local governments, services for homeless and near-homeless individuals and families throughout the state are provided.
A combination of state, federal and donated funds is used to support local efforts to provide community-based services such as street outreach, emergency shelter, rapid re-housing, homeless prevention and case management.
Federal and Community Initiatives:
Reports and Outcomes: