At a VA Homeless Summit in 2011 a group of collaborating agencies got together and decided that something needed to be done about homeless families. In Northern Arizona there are places for homeless women, men and children to go, but nowhere for families, so they get split up or stay in unsafe conditions. A group called the Prescott Community Shelters formed, made up of many community organizations such as the Disabled American Veterans, Northern AZ VA, US Vets, Catholic Charities, United Way of Yavapai County, Foundation for Senior Living, Serve Yavapai and PAWS. This group met every Friday beginning in September 2011 with the vision to see our community resolve the problem of homelessness through shared resources and collaborative efforts; leveraging our abilities to provide a home for those in need.
They leveraged their abilities and by September 2012 an apartment was opened to serve homeless families. PAWS agreed to run the apartment and case manage the families, along with the VA who case manages veteran families. Within 4 months of opening the apartment the Family Shelter had served 3 families and each had transitioned into permanent housing.
In February 2013, the Disabled American Veterans purchased a home across the street from the Women’s Shelter. It will be the first and only Family Shelter in Northern Arizona and will serve 6 families at a time. PAWS is expanding to serve another need in the community and with that will have a new name the Prescott Area Shelter Services (PASS). PASS will have programs, the Women’s Shelter and the Family Shelter, and hopefully more to come in the future. The success of the Family Shelter would not have happened without the collaborating organizations and the Prescott community.
336 N. Rush Street
Prescott, Arizona 86301
Disabled American Veterans
Coalition for Compassion &
Pace Setters Service Club
Northern AZ VA Health Care
Journey Real Estate
Foundation for Senior Living
United Way of Yavapai County
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic
Larry Renkin, Congressman Paul Gosar,
AZ Sec of State Ken Bennett and
PASS Director Carmen Frederick at the
Family Shelter Open House