The City of Chandler participates in the Maricopa Regional Service System to prevent and end homelessness in Maricopa County. Currently, our region’s needs are outpacing capacity for affordable housing, emergency shelter resources, and supportive services, leaving older adults and persons with disabilities, families with children, and single individuals without a place to call home, or a safe, temporary alternative.
Factors contributing to homelessness:
- Increased cost of living, particularly housing costs, across the region
- Underfunded health and behavioral health service systems
- Loss of income
- Prior criminal justice involvement, impacting the ability to access housing and employment
- Negative impacts on youth involved in the child welfare system
- Education and employment gaps making housing unattainable and unaffordable
Who is experiencing homelessness in Chandler and Maricopa County?
The 2018 Point-In-Time Count identified 6,298 people experiencing homelessness in the Maricopa Region.
- 54 were identified in Chandler.
- 42% were living unsheltered.
- 28% were a part of a family with children.
- 15% reported experiencing chronic homelessness. Less than 1% of those were in families with children
- 14% reported having a serious mental illness
- 20% reported having a substance use disorder
- Less than 1% reported Veteran status
- Less than 1% were unaccompanied youth
- Less than 1% were homeless as a result of domestic violence
How is Chandler addressing homelessness?
- Prevention: Connections to services and resources to help people remain stable in their homes.
- Outreach: Intensive engagement with people living unsheltered to connect them swiftly to permanent housing opportunities.
- Emergency Services: Access to temporary shelter and services to provide a safe place to sleep and reconnect them to housing.
- Housing: Access to permanent, affordable housing opportunities, and supportive services as appropriate, to persons experiencing homelessness.
- Collaboration: Partnerships with multiple disciplines and organizations to improve systems and outcomes for persons experiencing homelessness.