HomeBase Surprise earns grant money

Home Matters Arizona picks Surprise shelter among recipients

Posted 3/30/23

The Home Matters Arizona Fund announced a new round of funding, and a new Surprise homeless facility made the list.

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HomeBase Surprise earns grant money

Home Matters Arizona picks Surprise shelter among recipients


The Home Matters Arizona Fund announced a new round of funding, and a new Surprise homeless facility made the list.

Ten projects in Surprise, Casa Grande, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix and Prescott Valley will receive a total of $4.25 million.

In Surprise, the award went to Native American Connections for its recently opened, 40-unit HomeBase Surprise, 12215 W. Bell Road.

The group received a $500,000 State Fiscal Recovery Funds grant for the development, which cost $8.3 million.

Since 2020, the Home Matters Fund has provided $8.581 million in 22 grants including the latest awards.

Home Matters Arizona Fund was formed by Arizona healthcare leaders and Home Matters to Arizona to increase attainable housing in the state and ultimately improve healthcare outcomes.

Of this year’s $4.25 million, Home Matters Arizona Fund’s managed care organizations contributed $2 million in private funding and $2.25 came from State Fiscal Recovery Funds through the Arizona Department of Housing.

The projects receiving State Fiscal Recovery Funds, which were selected by Local Initiatives Support Corporation — a national community development financial institution with a local office based in Phoenix — are for housing victims of domestic violence and people experiencing homelessness.

The Home Matters Arizona Fund is targeting $100 million to finance attainable housing projects in Arizona over the next few years. The fund addresses Arizona’s rising affordability crisis while paying much-needed attention to the role of housing justice for underrepresented families and communities.

“The Home Matters Arizona Fund is committed to serving individuals experiencing homelessness, families, seniors and those who are medically vulnerable,” said Minnie Andrade, Home Matters Arizona Fund chair. “We are adding critical housing units to address Arizona’s housing shortage while encouraging developers to create supportive ecosystems for people and families where they live, learn, shop and work.”

The Home Matters Arizona Fund is born from a collaboration of the Arizona Association of Health Plans, whose member companies contract with the state’s Medicaid program to serve the health care needs of Arizona’s most vulnerable citizens.

Founding Home Matters Arizona Fund participants include Arizona Complete Health, Banner–University Health Plan, Care1st Health Plan Arizona, Health Choice Arizona, Molina Healthcare of Arizona, Mercy Care, The NARBHA Institute and UnitedHealthcare.

Home Matters Arizona Fund invests in projects that serve individuals and families with low to moderate income, veterans, seniors, people who are homeless, people with disabilities, individuals involved with the justice system and those eligible for Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System support.

Other projects to win grants this year as as follows:

  • Cloudbreak Phoenix, LLC, for the 273-unit Victory Place, opening in 2024.
  • Family Promise of Greater Phoenix for the six-unit Family Promise Village, which is opening at the end of the year.
  • Horizon Health and Wellness for the six-unit Morrison Rehabilitation, opening this year.
  • Housing Solutions of North Arizona, Inc., for the 32-unit Verde Valley Transitional Housing, opening in 2024.
  • HS Development Partners, for the 76-unit The Villas on Lake Mary for families with children, opening in 2024.
  • Red Feather Development Group for the three-unit Healthy Homes for Arizona’s Native Families, opening in 2023.
  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul Phoenix, for the 100-bed transitional community for people experiencing homelessness; men and women age 50+, veterans and people with disabilities, opening in 2024.
  • Walling Affordable Communities for the 64-unit Casa Del Sol II, opening this year.
  • WESCAP Investments, Inc., for the 72-unit View Point II Senior Community in Prescott Valley, opening in 2024.