Given the current state of our economy, and the rising housing and rental prices, communities are seeing an increase in people without a place to call home.
To keep up with the demand, the Phoenix Inn will soon be renovated into a new shelter for older adults.
With support from surrounding neighborhood groups, in September, Phoenix approved Central Arizona Shelter Services for a permit to operate a 130-room shelter in the former motel located at Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue.
The Arizona Department of Housing will fund the $7.5 million purchase of the hotel. The City of Phoenix pick up the expenses of an additional $4 million for the necessary renovations.
Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS) will operate the location and offer housing to those 55 and up on the property. CASS is seeing an increase in housing need and for many, it’s their first time ever due to evictions and COVID-related issues.
Those in need that are 55 and up, who are interested in the new shelter must go through a complete screening process. The shelter is expected to be open by summer of 2022.