2021 I-HELP Community Thrives Challenge
TCAA’s mission is to foster dignity and self-reliance in the economically vulnerable within the communities we serve. Our mission is carried out through programs and strategies that promote housing security, hunger relief, senior independence, healthy families, financial stability, and volunteer engagement. TCAA is Tempe’s largest social service agency in terms of the volume served and breadth of programs. Most services offered by TCAA are not offered by any other local organization. TCAA operates Tempe's largest hunger relief effort, the sole Homeless Shelter, and the city's only Community Action Program (rent/utility assistance), in-home care and nutritious meals for seniors, and Financial Opportunity Center. TCAA also serves as the East Valley provider of Health Start (pre/post-natal services) and manages two community gardens. These programs collectively serve more than 27,000 seniors, adults, and children--up from 22,000 in FY18. This volume is equal to 1 in 7 Tempe residents.
I-HELP (Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program) Shelter
Homelessness is a continuing crisis affecting Tempe residents, agencies, businesses, government, and the people who personally experience this difficulty. Homelessness remains Tempe’s top human service priority and adversely impacts community health and well-being while placing extreme demand on limited public and private resources. Based on the 2019 Point in Time Count, Tempe now holds the state’s 2nd highest volume--and 2nd fastest-growing homeless population. For the 6th straight year, Tempe’s homeless increased: the 2019 Count found 373 homeless persons on a single night—up from 97 in 2014. Among those counted this year, 307 were unsheltered. The I-HELP model serves as a cost-effective and scalable solution for ending homelessness. The program has been replicated many times and uses several best practices to improve the economic status and self-sufficiency of homeless men and women, effectively preparing them for transitioning from homelessness to a permanent home.
Within the I-HELP Shelter, men and women can access the help they need to overcome barriers to living independently in a home of their own. The program provides safe overnight sleeping facilities, daily meals, intensive case management, access to laundry and shower resources, healthcare services, help to secure public benefits and identification documents, employment assistance, and housing location services.
HOW YOU CAN HELP TODAY
Sponsor one man or woman as they journey from homelessness to independence: $800
The I-HELP shelter program not only provides a safe place to sleep, but also a spectrum of lifechanging services to prepare men and women for employment, financial stability, and permanent housing. Take advantage of the Arizona charitable tax credit at the same time!
Sponsor one night of shelter and additional services for a man or woman in need: $35
Your help is needed to ensure that people who are homeless have a safe alternative to life on the street. Last year the I-HELP Shelter program assisted 372 adults, but sadly, close to 200 others who wanted help were turned away due to the program's limited capacity.