The Town of Glendale is partnering with A New Leaf and Glendale Community College to help homeless residents become self-sufficient.
The city has allocated $ 1.2 million in grants from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to provide services through the implementation of a Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program (TBRA).
This temporary voucher program will provide housing options for eligible individuals or families who are currently experiencing homelessness in Glendale but who are ‘Housing Ready’ and are likely to remain in their accommodation after the period of assistance, which can extend up to ‘at two years. The program will be administered by A New Leaf and will include application support and case management for applicants.
This partnership was born when GCC President Teresa Leyba Ruiz reached out to city officials about the possibility of working together to provide housing assistance to Glendale residents attending their campus.
“My intention was to find out more about Glendale’s housing programs and instead we had a powerful conversation about the possibilities that would benefit both the Town of Glendale and CCG students facing insecurity. housing, ”Ruiz said in a press release.
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The partnership will provide GCC students who are accepted into the TBRA program with essential support services including employment, computers, life skills training and academic support while pursuing learning that will ultimately uplift the student and his family.
“The timing was perfect,” said the city’s director of community services, Jean Moreno. “When Teresa shared stories of students who stayed as long as they could in the student union and used fitness facilities to shower, we had to find a way to do something.”
While the TBRA program is not limited to GCC students, they are a priority population that the city hopes to target for these services. This program is part of Glendale’s strategy to tackle homelessness in the community and complements the recently implemented partnership for the Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) Homelessness Framework Agreement, which provides a model service delivery that allows a single point of contact for referrals and multiple entry points for clients, depending on their individual needs.
The program will accept requests by reference only.
GCC students can get a reference by contacting Connie Greenwell at 623-845-4474 or [email protected]