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  • County, agencies assist homeless as part of two separate grants

    Aug 30, 2018 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department and its Sullivan Jackson Employment Center are administering a $399,594 grant from the Arizona Department of Economic Security to provide permanent housing support for individuals experiencing homelessness. 

    The goal of the one-year grant is to move homeless individuals and families into temporary emergency shelter under a “rapid rehousing” model and to help prevent homelessness by staving off evictions. Sub-recipients of the Housing Support Services grant are Community Bridges Inc. and the Pima County Community Action Agency
    Sullivan Jackson employment classes
    Funding comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Emergency Solutions Grants Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the Social Services Block Grant Program, among other funding sources.

    Daniel Sullivan, program manager at Sullivan Jackson, said the philosophy behind a rapid rehousing approach is to get individuals into temporary emergency shelters, then into subsidized housing. That way, barriers to employment such as mental illness or substance abuse can be addressed while the person is housed.

    “We are excited to provide more housing resources to people experiencing homelessness in Pima County,” Sullivan said. “The fact of the matter is, trying to case manage someone who is living under an underpass is just not going to work.”

    He emphasized the benefit of collaborating with other agencies to best serve the homeless population.

    “We’re the lead agency on this grant, but we’re partnering with substance abuse people, housing experts, others,” Sullivan said. “We recognize we’re not counselors. We’re in the employment and training business.”

    Sullivan Jackson is also partnering on a recently launched grant funded through the HUD Continuum of Care program. Our Family Services is the lead agency on the $248,286 Secure Futures grant which will provide 17 units of rapid rehousing assistance for homeless youth ages 18-24 paired with intensive case management and support services.  

    Beth Morrison, chief executive officer at Our Family Services, said that employment and education pose significant barriers to the youth the agency serves. 

    “Education and employment unlock opportunity for homeless youth. We are pleased to be partnering with Pima County’s employment services on this important project for youth,” she said. 

    Those served under both grants will have access to Sullivan Jackson’s Job Offer Academy, a short-term intensive program that, since 1986, has helped thousands of homeless job-seekers enter employment and housing. The program is part of Pima County’s ARIZONA@WORK system, also known as the One-Stop workforce development system, which brings additional training opportunities to job-seekers.