Human Service Campus takes homelessness awareness walk online

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The second annual Human Services Campus Awareness Walk to End Homelessness is moving from the street to homes across the Valley as it goes virtual.

“We felt the best approach to maintaining the walk and keeping participants safe is to go virtual,” HSC Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender said in a prepared statement.

“We encourage all of those who have signed up to walk the two miles at their pace and in a place they’re comfortable and to keep in mind the reason behind the walk: to understand the challenges of homelessness.”

Ms. Schwabenlender asked those who have preregistered to consider making the $15 fee a donation to the Human Services Campus, where 16 independent nonprofit agencies collaborate to provide services and resources to individuals experiencing homelessness, according to a press release.

She said anyone still wishing to “register” can make a $15 donation, or a donation in any amount, in celebration of the campus’s 15th anniversary.

She also encouraged walkers to take pictures of themselves, post them on social media and tag the Human Services Campus (@HSCAZ on Facebook; and humanservicescampus on Instagram).

“Homelessness is not a challenge confined to any one area of the Valley, but impacts every community,” Ms. Schwabenlender said. “For that reason, understanding the depth and complexity of the issue is the first step in addressing and solving the challenge regionally.”

A donation of $15 pays to reunite an individual locally with family and friends while $50 pays for a housing application fee for a client.

A donation of $100 pays for a sleeping mat for the weather relief program during the hottest and coldest nights of the year in the Valley while $200 reunites an individual with family from out of state and $500 covers the cost of a move-in assistance kit.

Between 800-1,000 individuals experiencing homelessness are on the Human Services Campus every day, however there are only enough beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services for 425 men and women, a release claims.

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