PHOENIX, AZ (STL.News) Governor Doug Ducey and the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) announced today the distribution of an additional $8.2 million to provide Arizonans facing homelessness with critical services.
“We want to ensure struggling families and those facing homelessness have access to the support and resources they need to keep a roof over their heads,” said Governor Ducey. “This additional funding will help more people in need connect with crucial health and safety services provided across the state. My thanks to the Department of Economic Security and the many organizations in Arizona working to support others during the pandemic.”
Today’s funding, totaling $8,188,836, comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program to help prevent, prepare for, and respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in communities in need. All 31 organizations across the state that applied have been awarded the funding through a competitive grant to provide rapid rehousing, homelessness prevention, emergency shelter services and more. The grant program was announced in late December, and opened in mid-January. The funding distribution follows nearly $5 million in ESG distributed to homeless organizations statewide in December 2020 and the nearly $6 million distributed in July 2020.