UMOM New Day Centers recently partnered with the City of Phoenix and HOM, Inc. to expand its housing programs from serving 500 households to 800 households over the next 12 months.
To achieve this goal, landlord partners with available units, ranging from studios to four bedrooms, are needed.
UMOM’s Director of Housing Daniel Davis said the nonprofit is working hard to coordinate landlord engagement in Peoria and the West Valley.
“We are asking landlords to go to the UMOM website if they have vacancies,” he said.
More than 3,000 families experienced homelessness in 2019 including 5,750 children, according to Maricopa County’s Family Housing Hub.
Marsha Thomason, a longtime UMOM partner and property manager of Palm Vista, has played an important role in helping to house families.
“Sometimes people just need a lift up, a second chance, an opportunity for a new start. We’re proud to be able to help and make a positive impact in our community,” she said.
Over the past 11 years, Rapid Rehousing has been recognized as one of the most effective interventions for people experiencing homelessness. UMOM uses this national housing model to stabilize people into sustainable, permanent housing, quickly and efficiently. Clients are fully supported through financial assistance, such as move-in costs and rental subsidies. UMOM’s case managers support tenants in navigating their application, educating on lease responsibility, and connecting to community resources. Additionally, UMOM's workforce development team provides job readiness workshops, connection to childcare, and employment and retention support.
These types of services have proven to be beneficial to landlords and property owners – rapidly lowering vacancies, providing a rent guarantee, and an opportunity to be a solution to the community's housing crisis. Additionally, landlord partners work directly with HOM, Inc., which has over 25 years of experience working with public and private partners, administering rental assistance and unparalleled landlord support.
To learn more about UMOM’s Rapid Rehousing program, visit UMOM.org/housing/.
UMOM New Day Centers is a nonprofit serving Maricopa County with a mission to prevent and end homelessness with innovative strategies and housing solutions that meet the unique needs of each family and individual. UMOM offers shelter and a wide range of supportive services to families, single women and youth experiencing homelessness. Learn more at http://umom.org.