2021 In Review: Community Impact Report
On an average day in 2021, Homeless ID Project Program Staff:
- Saw 50 clients
- Provided 30 documents including replacement IDs and birth certificates
- Safely stored vital documents for 15 individuals
- Met with an additional 5 clients with an ID-related inquiry of some sort
Because of your support in 2021, Homeless ID Project assisted 13,416 clients resulting in the successful replacement of 8,276 documents.
In 34 years of operation, we have never helped so many. The term success comes to mind and yet real success would look more like zero documents due to zero need. The Homeless ID Project’s Mission is to END homelessness. An ID is the critical first step in the process that provides required documents that are essential to gain employment, housing and other basic services necessary to end homelessness.
A WIDER FOCUS
The work of ending homelessness is aided by preventing individuals from entering homelessness and in 2021 we spent some of our time focused there.
- In one of our many outreach programs we helped hundreds of individuals to gain documents needed post-incarceration to rebuild their life and to avoid falling into homelessness or reoffending.
- We proposed a bill, sponsored by State Rep. Reginald Bolding, to allow kids, homeless or aging out of foster care, to move forward in life. HB2588 became law in September and allows 16 and 17 year-olds to acquire their vital documents without parent or guardian permission, thus bypassing a system that was not working for some.
Both efforts have the potential to prevent homelessness by providing the resource of a legally valid ID needed to open opportunities not available without proof of identity.
THE VALUE OF PARTNERSHIP
Being partner-centric is essential to fulfilling the Mission of ending homelessness. It is also one of our Seven Core Values. Our partnership with the Human Services Campus, Family Housing Hub, the Tucson Center of Opportunity, and each of our partner agencies makes our work both possible and effective.
In 2021, we supported the work of 49 partner agencies across Maricopa and Pima Counties, assuring that their clients had the required documents needed to take advantage of programs for housing, shelter, medical care, and more.
SOCIAL RETURN ON INVESTMENT
The work and process of providing replacement documents has an important and demonstrable result for our community.
According to the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), the cost of homelessness to the community is $30,000 to $50,000 per person per year. Each individual acquiring an ID, supported by your donations to Homeless ID Project, now has the access to available employment and housing.
Of course, not every client realizes an immediate end to homelessness, but if a mere 10% of 8,276 client documents in 2021 resulted in this end, your donations, in support of this work, resulted in a savings to the community of $24.8 million dollars!
(8,276 times 10% times $30,000 = $24.8 million)
Furthermore, we did this work with total expenses of less than $400,000 resulting in a return on your investment in the Homeless ID Project of $62 for every single dollar invested!
($24.8 million divided by $400,000 in Expense = $62.00)
Another of our Seven Core Values is this: We recognize and value the support of the community and pledge to be good stewards of that support.
We believe that a return of $62 per dollar, turning a $400 tax credit into a $24,000 return to the community, is a serious demonstration of that value.
Thank you sincerely for your continued support and we look forward to working with you this year.