At UMOM, programs and services are the way we move individuals and families from shelter to permanent housing.
Every family is unique. UMOM services are built around the special strengths that each family and individual possesses. We build on those strengths, working with the family to minimize and eliminate barriers to permanent stable housing.
Once a single woman, youth or family arrives at a UMOM shelter, they work with a housing specialist to address their specific barriers to permanent, stable housing.
Low barriers to housing::
- One parent out of work
- Poor credit history
- Low but sustainable income
High barriers to housing::
- Criminal convictions
- Multiple evictions
- No income
- No marketable skills
- Mental illness
- Substance Abuse
Once the assessment is complete, case workers match clients to services that will help them address and overcome barriers. UMOM provides an enormous number of services and programs for families, youth and young adults, single women and military veterans and their families.
Here is a sample of what is available for each:
Adults in Families
Educational services. Referrals to GED tutoring and testing, and support in college enrollment.
Workforce Services. Sustainable income is a primary strategy to end or prevent family homelessness. UMOM’s team of career specialists provides a pathway to a regular paycheck by using a menu of employment and workforce services tailored to each family’s unique needs. We link families to outside programs and support agencies to that can help people get the training they need to find and keep a job.
Health and Wellness. UMOM’s Health and Wellness Program assists clients in navigating and connecting to onsite and community medical clinics and provide access to training for things like weight management and smoking cessation.
Children in Families
Child Development Center. This licensed facility gives children from six weeks to 11 years of age the opportunity to experience meaningful play while they reach developmental goals and objectives.
Wellness Center. In partnership with Phoenix Children’s Hospital, kids receive immunizations, medical care, vision and hearing screenings and more. Health care services for adults are also available through partnerships with Health Care for the Homeless and Circle the City.
Cub’s Den and Kid’s Den. After-school programs for children ages 5 – 11 with an emphasis on reading and homework.
Teen Activity Program (TAP). Afterschool programs for children between 11 and 17. Case management is available as these young people take part in educational and social activities. Emphasis is on resiliency and life skills.
Youth and Young Adults
For 40 years, the Tumbleweed Youth Development Center provided emergency help and shelter for homeless teens and young adults. In 2017, UMOM absorbed these programs and now offers them as “Tumbleweed, a service of UMOM.” The mission is the same: to help young people move from the street to self-sufficient adulthood. UMOM offers:
Youth Resource Center. This walk-in facility gives young adults ages 18-24 a safe place to eat, shower, access educational and employment resources, and connect to a team of Specialists who can assist them to end their housing crisis.
Job training and placement. UMOM’s Workforce Development Team provides a menu of employment and workforce services tailored to the unique needs of youth and designed to connect individuals with employment, education and training, along with job placement support.
Safe Place. Safe Place is a national outreach program for young people under 18 who need immediate help and safety. As the lead agency for Maricopa County, UMOM partners with local businesses – like QT convenience stores and the Valley Metro bus services – designating them as Safe Place locations. Youth in trouble can head straight to a Safe Place location or reach out via a 24-hour help line, 602-841-5799.
Youth may also take part in the TXT 4 HELP program by texting the word SAFE and your current location to 69866 for immediate help.
Single Women Without Children
The Bruce & Diane Halle Women’s Center is the first Arizona shelter designed specifically for women. Services at the Halle Women’s Center include:
Housing. From the first moment a woman comes into contact with us at the Halle Women’s Center, she receives robust, housing-focused case management. Every woman receives assistance to develop a housing plan and housing search.
Support. Women at the Halle Women’s Center are connected to community services that offer employment assistance, health care, social support and other services.
Military Veterans and families
Transitional living. With a referral from the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital, Vets with dependent children live on the main UMOM New Day Centers campus as they work to attain permanent housing.
Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF). This program combines rapid re-housing with intensive case management to help very low income veteran families obtain stable housing.
Permanent Supportive Housing for Veterans. Through this program, disabled Vets and their families live within walking distance of the VA hospital. On-site case managers help with supportive service referrals.
UMOM provides an enormous number of services and programs for families, youth and young adults, single women and military veterans.