A Safe Place to Stay
If you stop at shelter and do nothing more,
homelessness will never end.
For UMOM, shelter is a strategy.
The moment a family or individual steps into shelter, we listen. We learn who they are and what happened to them. We match services and programs to their needs.
With our help, they show us how they will overcome their challenges and, wherever possible, how they will return to the community in a permanent home.
Families and individuals in housing:
- Pay taxes
- Spend money in our community
- Have children who do better in school and in life
Kids who switch schools frequently due to housing instability tend to perform less well in school, are more likely to have learning disabilities and behavioral problems and are much less likely to graduate from high school.
When you support UMOM, you help us maintain and operate shelters that provide families, single women, military veteran families and youth with a chance to turn their lives around.
UMOM offers two types of shelter: emergency and extended. Emergency shelter provides a temporary place to live for those experiencing homelessness. Extended shelter gives very vulnerable families the ability to stay and receive supportive services for a longer period of time, beyond an emergency stay. The average length of stay in extended shelter is 247 days (less than five months).
UMOM also provides extended shelter, programs and services for survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
UMOM New Day Centers
For families, including families of military veterans
On the UMOM New Day Centers campus, each family lives in a private room. Case managers guide families as they create an individual housing plan – essentially, their own strategy to confront and overcome the challenges that led to homelessness.
Tools – like a computer lab, vocational training and licensed, onsite childcare – aid clients in obtaining a job. A licensed wellness clinic, also on-campus, helps kids and young adults stay healthy and in school.
Halle Women’s Center
For single women without children
Opened in June 2017, the Halle Center is the first Arizona shelter designed specifically for women. Before the Halle Center, women experiencing homelessness shared a cavernous space with more than 100 other women. Now, three women share a room with a private bathroom.
Also before Halle, women received only two meals a day and had to leave shelter during the day. Now, nutritious meals are served three times a day. Daytime hours are available for work with case managers to gain skills, find jobs, solve problems and identify a path to permanent housing.
Youth Shelters: Open Hands and the Young Adult Program
For teens and young adults, ages 12 to 17
Often, teens are homeless because they are:
- Escaping violence
- Suffering due to substance abuse of their own or by a parent
- Rejected because of gender identity
- Aging out of the foster care system.
Tumbleweed, a Service of UMOM gives these kids hope by providing a place to stay. Youth work with case managers and counselors to regain a sense of safety, finish high school, look for a job or learn how to use public transportation. Perhaps most significantly, they meet other young people, make friends and have fun – something that has been painfully missing from their lives.
Open Hands Emergency Shelter
For youth ages 12 – 17
This ten-bed residential emergency shelter in Phoenix provides a safe, home-like setting for youth experiencing homelessness, family conflict or abuse.
Open Hands offers individual and family counseling with family reunification as the goal. Youth who aren’t able to safely return home may stay for a longer term and receive life skills and workforce training.
Approximately 200 youth are served each year through Open Hands. Nearly all who complete the program exit to safe, permanent housing.
Young Adult Program – Transitional Independent Living
For youth ages 16 – 18
This program offers transitional housing to youth who have no viable family support. Typically coming from foster care or the community-at-large, these young people are provided with case management, counseling, group support and, most importantly, housing.
These programs are available at two central Phoenix locations.
Do you know someone who needs assistance?