Homelessness in Arizona
Using the definition of homelessness provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, data from the three Arizona Continua of Care suggest that a minimum of 15,000 persons experience homelessness in Arizona on any given day. The vast majority face significant economic challenges. Their need is for safe, decent, and affordable housing must ultimately be addressed if homelessness is to be ended.
Governor Janice K. Brewer created the Governor’s Arizona Commission on Homelessness and Housing (ACHH) through an Executive Order on January 13, 2010.
The ACHH is chaired by Governor Brewer. In her absence, the designated co-chairs are the Directors of the Arizona Department of Economic Security and the Arizona Department of Housing. The Commission is the primary decision making authority regarding the content of the Housing Arizona: State Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, the implementation schedule, and strategies.
The purposes of the ACHH are to (1) serve as the statewide homelessness planning and policy development resource for the Governor and the State of Arizona, and (2) oversee the implementation and progress of the Housing Arizona: State Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness.
State Agency Commitment:
- Attendance at bimonthly ACHH meetings by agency Director or designee
- Active participation of policy-level staff in monthly Work Group meetings
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