BHHS Legacy Foundation Awards $75K Grant To Human Services Campus For Navigation Services

Posted By on June 19, 2019

BHHS Legacy Foundation, an Arizona charitable organization whose philanthropic mission is to enhance the quality of life and health of those it serves, has awarded the Human Services Campus (HSC) a $75,000 grant to support a navigation program that connects homeless individuals with services leading to permanent housing.

HSC, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency, owns and operates a 13-acre campus at 12th Avenue and Madison that is home to 20 nonprofit organizations providing services and resources to people experiencing homelessness.  

“Thanks to this generous financial support from BHHS Legacy Foundation, our HSC Navigators will be able to engage with and help more individuals experiencing homelessness to successfully transition into permanent housing,” said HSC Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender.  “Navigation addresses the fundamental needs of individuals experiencing homelessness for food, clothing, safety, housing and health. The ultimate outcome is safe, stable, affordable housing which leads to improved health, lower health-care costs and improved quality of life.”         

Between 800 and 1,000 individuals experiencing homelessness visit the Human Services Campus each day.  Approximately 30 percent of HSC clients are women and one-third are over 50 years old. In 2018, 6,434 unduplicated individuals sought services at HSC.  

“Each individual has a unique set of circumstances, and most, if not all, are addressed with the help of our Navigation team,” Schwabenlender said.  “We are very grateful to BHHS Legacy Foundation for supporting our efforts to address the challenge of homelessness.”

According to the 2019 Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care Annual Point-in-Time Count, 6,614 people experienced homelessness on a single night.  Nearly 1,000 were identified as chronically homeless.

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