Why Healthy Giving?

Homelessness is a regional issue.  Healthy givers understand that we must consider not only the long-term needs of the individual, but also the impact of our giving on the environment and the community at large.

We are fortunate the Phoenix metro area has many non-profits and faith-based groups that provide food, shelter, and other resources 365 days a year.  These groups don’t just connect people to resources that improve their lives and help to end their homelessness; they provide human connections that can lead someone on the streets to feel valued, understood, and worthy of a better life.  Healthy giving is about working hand-in-hand with these groups rather than doing it alone.

Our community has so many generous families and individuals who want to give food and clothing to those experiencing homelessness.  Their hearts are in the right place.  Unfortunately, one-off donations delivered to street corners, parks, or other locations provide short-lived relief and can delay or divert people from seeking services that can help end their homelessness.  These kinds of donations also have unintended consequences for the surrounding area.

We believe generous people in Maricopa County want to give in a way that will uplift our community and make a real difference for those experiencing homelessness.  That’s giving that lasts.  That’s giving that can change a life.  That’s healthy giving.

 

Healthy Giving is...

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Working
Hand-in-Hand

with trusted service providers.

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donating
Time & resources

to those who need it most in an appropriate, accountable and safe manner.

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Giving
All Year LONG

not just during the holiday season.

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Thinking
BIG PICTURE

about the impact to community, environment, and individuals.

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Providing
a HUMAn Connection

that’s personal and empowering.

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Considering
Safety for all

including your family and those receiving your gifts.


Healthy Giving Is Not…

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Diverting
peoplE

from services

that can help end their homelessness.

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DONATING
on the streets

or other undesignated public places.

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Creating
a Mess

that requires your local government to pay for extra clean-up services.


About homelessness in
Maricopa County

Annually, the AZ Department of Economic Security reports more than 20,000 people experiencing homelessness.
You can help through healthy giving and/or by spreading the word.

6,298 People WERE experiencing


homelessness in Maricopa County the night of
Jan. 22, 2018

Total Point-in-time Counts 2014-2018

Source: Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)

Who is Experiencing Homelessness
in Maricopa County?

Homelessness does not discriminate. 

It affects single adults, children, families and veterans- people from all walks of life.

Homelessness is a complex issue.

No two individuals experiencing homelessness are in exactly the same situation.  
This is just one of the MANY reasons why healthy giving matters.  Learning more about their needs and “healthy” ways to give maximizes your giving potential.


ABOUT HOMELESSNESS
IN ARIZONA

8,947 People in 2017

Source: Annual Homelessness Assessment Report (AHAR)

-7.8% CHANGE FROM 2016

13 in Every
10,000

people were experiencing homelessness

Who is Experiencing Homelessness
in Arizona: *Estimates

6,488*

are individuals

2,459*

people in families with children

1,463*

chronically homeless individuals

970*

veterans

578*

unaccompanied homeless youth

 

OPPORTUNITIES TO HELP NOW