2019 marked thirty two years of operations for the Homeless ID Project; over thirty years of empowering homeless individuals and families to end their homelessness and rebuild their lives. As we grow we have become a stable and reliable resource, both directly to individuals in need, and through collaboration with more than forty human services agencies providing services to homeless and at-risk members of our community.
Thanks to our donors we achieved and exceeded most of our financial and operating goals. Here is what your support allowed us to accomplish in 2018:
- Provided over 7,000 total documents including IDs and Birth Certificates to assist homeless individuals and families in ending their homelessness. Our two‐year total exceeds 15,000 documents.
- Assisted families and children at the Family Housing Hub to obtain more than 1,000 documents needed for housing, employment and school enrollment.
- Served Clients at 10 United Way ‘Project Connect’ Events across the valley. Hundreds of Birth Certificates were provided to homeless and at- risk individuals and families.
- Participated in the first City of Mesa Resource event aimed at assisting Human Trafficking survivors to escape that life.
- Provided State IDs to 1,000 justice‐involved individuals, removing a barrier to re‐entry.
- Piloted an Identification Replacement Program for the homeless at the ‘Urban Outreach Program’ hosted by Rev. Rosemary Anderson at Tempe First United Methodist Church. The program is ongoing.
- Provided safe document storage for thousands of homeless people so that their documents are readily available and not lost or stolen as they work their way through homelessness.
- Kicked off the “Safe Wallet” program, allowing people living on the street to better control documents and other valuables in their possession.
- Worked with the State of Arizona to pass legislation providing a fee waiver for State IDs and Driver’s Licenses for Arizona’s homeless military veterans. Governor Ducey signed this into law on April 30, 2018.
- Received the 2018 Mike McQuaid Collaboration Award for “Living and encouraging the incredible power of collaborative impact, and creating solutions to end homelessness.”