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Posted on: March 15, 2023

Maricopa County Approves Funding for City of Surprise Homelessness Program

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Maricopa County has approved an agreement with the City of Surprise to provide temporary emergency shelter services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Surprise area. The agreement includes a $55,000 increase, bringing the total funding for the program that runs through June, to $155,000.

This new agreement provides $55,000 to fund hotel night stays for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. In addition to this expansion of flexible shelter options within Surprise, the program also offers support services to address a variety of concerns for people experiencing homelessness.

"This Board has funded more than half a billion in solutions to address affordable housing and homelessness in Maricopa County, and this latest investment reinforces our commitment to the issue," said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Clint Hickman, District 4. "The additional funding for Surprise is helping us expand emergency shelter services and support to those in need right now in the northwest part of Maricopa County."

The partnership with the City of Surprise is one of many initiatives that Maricopa County is pursuing to expand options for people experiencing homelessness. From weather relief, bridge housing, partnerships with property owners, and construction of shelter beds and affordable housing, Maricopa County has made more than half a billion dollars of Maricopa County general funding and federal rescue funding into affordable housing programs.

For more information on the workforce and other support programs available, visit Maricopa.gov/HSD.

About Maricopa County Human Services

The Maricopa County Human Services Department (HSD) builds resiliency in the community and promotes the well-being of County residents experiencing adversity through a variety of programs and services to help people and families thrive. These opportunities include early childhood education, housing, and homeownership, independent living services for seniors and adults with disabilities, career development for job seekers, workforce development services for businesses, and support for people experiencing homelessness. HSD is committed to delivering innovative, equitable, inclusive, and comprehensive services in a collaborative approach that preserves dignity, promotes respect, and facilitates social and economic mobility. Learn more about the financial, educational, and support resources available to Maricopa County residents at Maricopa.gov/HSD.

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