Applications for Save the Family’s transitional or rapid re-housing program are handled by the Family Housing Hub
The Family Housing Hub can be reached by phone at (602) 595-8700. For a list of other organizations and resources that can assist you, click here. For a listing of affordable housing options across the Valley, click here.
NOTE: The Family Housing Hub normally sees families seeking assistance in person. However, currently the Hub is conducting intake by phone in order to protect the health and safety of families and Hub staff. We will update our website with additional information as we hear it.
Homeless Families Intervention Project
Save the Family uses a 3-tiered approach to the HFIP: Housing, Case Coordination and Supportive Services to assist homeless and impoverished families throughout Maricopa County, Arizona. With four unique housing programs to address the particular circumstances of each family, combined with a variety of supportive services for children and adults, Save the Family is now helping nearly 700 families each year. All programs are aligned to help families address poverty, overcome homelessness and achieve self-sufficiency.
In July 2008, Congress appropriated $25 million to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance to reduce family homelessness. Twenty-three programs were awarded nationally. UMOM and Save the Family collaborate to administer this program locally. Rapid Re-Housing programs allow applicants to obtain housing of their choice in the East Valley through the use of move-in fees, utility set-ups, and rental stipends that decline over time. Applicants sign a lease themselves as the Case Coordinators work with them to increase income, decrease debt, and increase savings. These programs help those who have incomes below 50% of the Federal Annual Median Income.
Families in this program often need to learn basic life skill, address mental health and substance abuse, and overcome trauma prior to entering Rapid Re-Housing or permanent housing.
Step Up to Independence
Save the Family’s newest innovation to address family homelessness, Step Up to Independence was launched in 2019. This creative approach utilizes partnerships with public school homeless liaisons to identify and intervene in the lives of families before they are living on the streets.
If you are interested in learning more about Step Up to Independence as an option for your family, submit a pre-screen questionnaire to begin the application process.
COVID-19 Eviction Prevention Program
If you are a Mesa or Gilbert resident and have suffered financial hardship as a result of COVID-19, you may be eligible to apply for Save the Family’s Eviction Prevention Programs. Applications are available online.
You may drop off completed applications in person at 125 E. University Drive, Mesa, AZ 85201. You may also submit your application materials by fax at (480) 898-1191.
YOU MUST SUBMIT THE ENTIRE APPLICATION TOGETHER AS A PDF DOCUMENT. That requires the required documents listed on page 6 of the application be copied and included with your application packet. Please be sure that you have each and every supporting document with your application or it will be rejected.
Our affiliate agency, the Affordable Rental Movement (ARM), provides long-term, affordable rental housing for working poor individuals and households to help you and/or your family grow and prosper. Tenants have access to after-school youth programming, budgeting assistance, as well as job assistance.
Shelter + Care
This program is designed for chronically homeless and disabled families.
NOTE: There is currently a 36 month waiting period for ARM housing. We recognize that this is frustrating for families seeking affordable housing. For a list of organizations offering rental and utility assistance, click here. For other affordable housing options across the Valley, click here.