Project H3: Home, Health Hope is a collaborative effort of community leaders from the non-profit, governmental and business communities in the Greater Phoenix area striving to end homelessness in our communities.
Project H3 is the Maricopa County initiative of the 100,000 Homes Campaign, an effort to bring together change agents from across the country to find and house 100,000 of the country’s most vulnerable and long-term homeless individuals and families by July 2013. Project H3 is led by the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness and supported by over 30 agencies, organizations, and entities.
In April 2010, over 160 community volunteers canvassed targeted geographic areas for three consecutive days from 4 AM to 6 AM to meet and survey persons experiencing street homelessness. Volunteers administered the Common Ground Vulnerability Index ™ to over 260 individuals during those three days, learning about their length of time without housing and about their health conditions making them vulnerable to premature death on the streets.
The project’s goal was to provide permanent affordable housing and client-centered, wrap around supportive services to 50 of the most medically vulnerable individuals and families encountered during the survey week.
As of November 1, 2011, 46 of these individuals have secured permanent supportive housing. Efforts continue towards solutions for the remaining 4 individuals to achieve our goal of 50. The project has been tremendously successful and has garnered considerable attention both locally and nationally. We are proud to be among the 100-plus communities participating in this campaign to forever change the way that we address homelessness in our communities.