The city of Mesa recently released its strategic plan for addressing homelessness, to help Mesa-based homeless recover and transition to stable housing during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the investment of federal funding, including funds from the CARES Act, Mesa will focus on supportive infrastructure and systematic steps, referred to as the Housing Path to Recovery. Using a data-driven process and collaborative community partnerships within the region, Mesa’s plan endeavors to keep homelessness rare, brief and non-reoccurring, according to a release.
“Mesa is a compassionate community, and this plan provides a balanced approach to support those most in need while also working toward community safety in public spaces, like our parks and libraries,” Mesa Mayor John Giles said in the release. “This is a strong plan for Mesa.”
“This plan includes the city’s ‘Off the Streets’ program, which has successfully graduated 356 participants to longer-term housing since May 2020,” Councilmember Mark Freeman said in the relese. “I’m proud of this work by several city departments, including public safety.”
“Mesa’s strategic plan for addressing homelessness is clear, comprehensive and adaptable,” Vice Mayor Jen Duff said in the release. “This will be a tremendous tool for Mesa residents and to City Council as we continue to address the growing needs for those experiencing homelessness.”
Mesa’s strategic plan to address homelessness is available in its entirety at mesaaz.gov/homeless.