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Overflow Shelter For Homeless In Phoenix Receives Funding Through End Of Summer

By Sarah Ventre
Published: Monday, February 15, 2016 - 10:17am
Updated: Monday, February 15, 2016 - 9:45pm

The overflow shelter near downtown Phoenix is getting a much needed source of funding for the coming months.

The Maricopa County Industrial Development Authority is providing $170,000 for the operation of the overflow shelter for homeless individuals at the Human Services Campus. That money will be used to keep the shelter open through June 30, and additional county money will keep the shelter open through the summer.

The overflow shelter at the Human Services Campus has filled the need left when the Men’s Overflow Shelter operated by Central Arizona Shelter Services closed last April.

Shannon Clancy is with St. Vincent de Paul, one of the organizations that provides sleeping quarters for those at the shelter.

"The people who are there are sleeping both in St. Vincent de Paul’s dining room on the floor, as well as the Lodestar Day Resource Center each night," said Clancy.

Clancy said this solution is just temporary, and that having funding through the end of the summer is key since temperatures can be extremely hot even at night.

Updated at 9:34 p.m.