“House of Refuge is a faith-based, non-profit organization helping homeless families in crisis by providing transitional housing and supportive services that assist participants as they strive towards self-sufficiency and seek to obtain permanent housing.”
The 20 acres and 88 homes located at the former Williams Air Force Base were conveyed to House of Refuge in 1995 with the stipulation to provide transitional housing and supported service programs to eligible homeless families and individuals. In October 1996, the first resident was accepted into the program. Since that time, they have assisted over 7,000 individuals out of their homeless cycle and averaged a 90% success rate in moving them into permanent housing. Many of the residents come from a history of domestic violence.
In May 2016, HUD notified 50% of the USA transitional housing programs that grant funding was discontinued retroactive to February 2016. House of Refuge was impacted by this decision and, at that time, their 81 housing units were fully occupied. This budget reduction forced residents in 69 housing units to be relocated to other living facilities. Currently, their budget can only support servicing 12 units and they are seeking private funding to cover the costs to reopen the unused units. There is a waiting list of over 100 requests.
House of Refuge is hosting their 20th Anniversary Event on October 29th and the theme is “It will be a Night For Refuge to REBUILD THE HOUSE”.
Mesa United Way named House of Refuge its 2015 Agency of the Year. For more information, visit their website: www.houseofrefuge.org