Residential Buildings Now Open
When young people become homeless, they rarely have a support system or safety net to catch them. They are entering into a cycle that they can’t get out without help, so they spend nights couch-surfing or sleeping anywhere they can find shelter outside. At Phoenix Rising, our aim is to help them break the cycle of homelessness.
Valley Cities’ Phoenix Rising project is not simply housing for these young people. Here, we combine housing with the specialized services that young people (ages 18 – 25) need to successfully transition from homelessness to independent living. They learn life skills through classes, case management, job training, and personalized support. The goal is for them to be able to be successful members of our community.
The Phoenix Rising project currently provides 24 single-resident-occupancy (SRO) units for homeless young adults. At income levels below 30% of the area median income, these young adults are desperate for housing. In addition, this project will provide job training, and behavioral health services at our adjacent Auburn clinic, and connections to other services through their Care Team. This project encompasses nearly all of the aspects of their situations; it’s more than just a place to sleep; it’s support, treatment, and training.
At this time, the project includes two, detached 4,394 square-foot, single-story residential buildings with 12 units per building. In addition, we have nearly completed construction on the Phoenix Rising Cafe, which will house job-training, support groups, and other services for residents and the community. The property has room for future development of two additional single-story residential buildings also with 12 units each.
Phoenix Rising Grand Opening
We celebrated our Grand Opening with a community open house on April 28th, with our partners, donors, elected officials, and the community!