Homelessness2018-10-10T19:50:50-07:00

Metro Phoenix rents lead U.S. again for biggest increases, low-income families hit hardest (Arizona Republic)

Metro Phoenix rents lead U.S. again for biggest increases, low-income families hit hardest Author: Catherine Reagor, Arizona Republic | Click here to view original article Metro Phoenix is again leading the U.S. for rising rents with the biggest increases hitting people with the lowest incomes. After dipping in some Valley cities during May and June, apartment rents rebounded in July, according to new data. Last month’s increase is [...]

National Nonprofit Day

August 17, 2020 Founded in 1964, UMOM New Day Centers is much more than a homeless shelter. UMOM works to restore hope, rebuild lives, and end homelessness. The journey toward ending homelessness begins at one of our emergency shelters for families, single women, and youth in the Greater Phoenix area. On any given night, there are nearly 800 individuals staying at one of our five campus locations. [...]

Affordable Housing for Vietnam Veteran

In 1973, Johnnie McGee graduated from high school in New Jersey and joined the Air Force, eager to see life outside of his small town. He diligently served our country in the Vietnam War, and spent time on duty in Montana upon his return to the United States. After sustaining an injury while active on duty, Johnnie decided to move to Mississippi, where his family lived. Life [...]

Amy’s Family

ENDURING "SHELTER-IN-PLACE" FROM A CAR Amy, her three kids and two dogs lived in their car for two months. In March, Amy's three children, ages 12, 14, and 19, were home for spring break. They were preparing to move from their current townhouse into a new rental home. Amy had been saving for this; she put a deposit down and started planning their move. During the move, [...]

Raven’s Story

For Raven, high school means more than just education. It also gives her a sense of accomplishment, a community, and at times, even access to necessities like food. Raven has dealt with unstable living conditions for most of her life. Growing up, she shared that her mom, dad, and three siblings happily lived together at home. Things changed when her parents split up; Raven and her older [...]

Meet Mersadees

AN IMPOSSIBLE ORDER How could we stay at home when we had no place to call home? “We lost everything. It was more than losing a paycheck; we lost our home, our food, our clothing, Sole lost her toys… everything began to go downhill from there.” Mersadees, her husband Greg, and her 7-year-old daughter Sole had been living in their car for three-and-a-half weeks. The days were [...]

Supportive Services for Veteran Families

Supportive Services for Veteran Families UMOM New Day Centers was one of the piloting agencies that partnered with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to address the increasing issue of veteran homelessness through Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). Since it's inception, it has been both SSVF and UMOM’s unwavering mission to end veteran homelessness for families. Ending homelessness is not a short-time goal; through professional case [...]

Squeezed Out

Phoenix was once nationally known for having affordable housing options in the West. Today, that’s no longer the reality. Now the fifth-largest city in the United States, Phoenix residents are struggling to make ends meet as the rising cost of rent is outpacing average income and salaries. Former Halle Women's Center client, Tricia, knows first-hand what this is like. Her landlord increased rent and her income wasn’t [...]

Our Community Relies on Your Compassion

Our Community Relies on Your Compassion Exacerbated by recent events, homeless families require substantial community support. As we continue to learn more about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its potential impact on our community, intentional action is of the utmost importance. While many may be prioritizing their own preparedness, precautionary measures, health, and safety, we must remember those who are in dire need of our [...]

MYTH: “Seniors in Our Community Rarely Experience Homelessness”

Seniors experiencing homelessness report that this is the first time they've been without shelter. Many of them have grown up here, started their family here, paid taxes here, and built the foundation of their life here. But, the sudden loss of a spouse and expenses of a funeral, monthly medical bills, or simply not having family members in the area for support, can lead to the loss [...]

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