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AZYP awarded significant grant aimed to assist homeless youth

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March 2024

MOHAVE COUNTY — The Arizona Youth Partnership (AZYP) has secured a significant financial boost in its mission to support homeless youth in Mohave County. The non-profit organization has been awarded a $307,000 grant from The Arizona Housing Coalition, part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) allocation by the Arizona Department of Housing.

This substantial funding will be directed towards AZYP’s Transitional Living Program (TLP), a comprehensive initiative designed to provide immediate shelter, secure living environments, and essential support services for homeless youth. The TLP is a beacon of hope for these young individuals, offering them a pathway to stability and independence.

The TLP’s approach is multi-faceted, addressing the diverse needs of homeless youth through a range of services. These include secure housing, educational resources, counseling services, and life skills training. AZYP’s Case Managers work closely with landlords to secure scattered-site apartments for the program, providing a safe and stable living environment for the youth.

Education is a key component of the TLP, with the program offering resources such as GED programs and vocational training to enhance youth employability. To facilitate this, AZYP collaborates with Mohave County Community Services and AZ@Work, providing educational support and navigation.

Mental health is another critical area of focus for the TLP. Through partnerships with Mohave Mental Health and Southwest Behavioral Health, the program offers counseling services to address the complex emotional and psychological challenges faced by homeless youth.

In addition to these services, the TLP also provides essential life skills training. Case Managers teach skills such as budgeting, cooking, and time management, equipping the youth with the tools they need to navigate life independently. Additional support includes childcare assistance and connections to parenting education when needed.

The TLP’s approach is highly individualized, with plans created to set realistic goals and ensure ongoing support. This includes connecting youth to healthcare services and assisting them in navigating various assistance programs.

AZYP’s collaborative approach extends beyond its own organization. The non-profit works closely with local agencies, pooling resources and providing a comprehensive range of services to address the diverse needs of homeless youth. This includes making referrals to specialized services with a “warm-handoff” approach, ensuring follow-up to meet the youth’s needs.

The grant from The Arizona Housing Coalition not only bolsters AZYP’s efforts but also shines a spotlight on the issue of youth homelessness. The increased visibility of the issue prompts a greater understanding and empathy towards homeless youth, creating a more supportive environment for them. It’s this kind of community backing that can make the difference between the success and failure of such programs, highlighting the importance of every contribution, whether big or small.

The grant also opens doors for further innovation within the TLP. With additional resources, AZYP can explore new strategies and interventions to better serve homeless youth. This could include the integration of technology to provide better access to services, the development of new educational programs tailored to the unique needs of this demographic, or the expansion of mental health services to address the complex challenges faced by these young individuals. The possibilities are vast, and with the support of the Arizona Housing Coalition, AZYP is well-positioned to explore these avenues.

Looking ahead, the success of the Transitional Living Program, bolstered by this grant, will serve as a model for similar initiatives both within and beyond Arizona. The lessons learned and the successes achieved here can inform and inspire other organizations and communities facing similar challenges. It underscores the importance of collaborative, multi-faceted approaches to addressing homelessness, emphasizing that it is a societal issue that requires a societal response.

As the Arizona Youth Partnership continues to expand and enhance its Transitional Living Program with the support of the Arizona Housing Coalition, the future looks brighter for homeless youth in Mohave County.


Jeremy Webb

Based in Mohave Valley, Arizona, Jeremy Webb is a dedicated website designer and developer with a keen eye for detail. Transitioning from a background in retail sporting goods management, he now crafts digital spaces that resonate with audiences. Beyond the screen, Jeremy is a passionate writer, delving into topics ranging from business innovations and Arizona’s unique landscapes to the latest tech trends and compelling local narratives. Visit his website at JeremyWebb.Dev

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