Reducing Homelessness

Staff presented to Council during the June 29th Study Session on the homelessness issue in Mesa and some of the programs and services available to the homeless population.  Since then staff has met with several partners to identify next steps to address the homeless issue in Mesa and have come up with the following plan shared with Mayor and Council at the February 15th Study Session centered around three areas, service, safety, and supportive housing:

Immediate

  • Existing navigation center and hours expanded
  • Paz de Cristo , St. Vincent de Paul, Marc Community Resources
  • Add two downtown navigators
  • Quantify homeless population
  • Designated staff member – service coordination.
  • Top 15 connected to services, housed.
  • Greatest impact on existing resources/time.
  • Mesa Libraries and Arts Center– updated safety and security policies.
  • Encampments citywide identified, cross-sector steps to connect people to health and housing resources, and when needed, steps for safety/security enforcement.
  • Community Court researched and implemented.
  • Emergency and bridge housing
  • Pilot program with Conestoga huts, faith community
  • Seek partnerships with existing hoteliers, recovery housing

Mid-Term (1-2 years)

  • Panhandler mobile van/work program
  • No wrong door capacities created, including common information resource tool.
  • East Valley Navigation Center
  • Expand collaborations & opportunities w/ churches
  • Create a Mesa-based landlord incentive program

Long Term

  • Strategic Plan and Priority updates
  • Increase housing options citywide
  • Consider other transitional and affordable housing options, such as tiny homes