Tanner Thomas Village For Veterans will offer an exemplary level of support for veterans. Through its Community Resource Center, Tanner Community Development Corporation will provide a wide range of services to ensure vets have access to healthcare navigation and equity, supplemental nutrition assistance, human & social resources, economic self-sufficiency training, and job placement opportunities.
The need for Affordable Housing across all population demographics of low to moderate-income families and other marginalized populations has become a national imperative to be addressed. The advent of COVID-19 exacerbated this situation. According to the Regional 2020 Maricopa Continuum of Care Report, the point-in-time count for persons experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County was 7,419 persons. Forty-Nine percent were sheltered in temporary housing or Safe Haven Programs, and 51 percent were unsheltered or on the streets or places not intended for human habitation. According to this report, the number of veterans experiencing homelessness identified by the Point-in-time Count increased by 15 percent in 2019 and another 4 percent in 2020. In the South Mountain Village and Central Phoenix areas where Tanner Community Development Corporation (TCDC) constituents reside, the Point-in-Time count currently is over 1200.
Over the next 3 -5 years, Tanner Community Development Corporation (TCDC), in partnership with Tanner Properties, plans to build a series of Tiny Homes in the South Mountain Village and Central Phoenix areas for homeless veterans. This project will allow homeless veterans to re-integrate into society and the community as respected and productive citizens. These homes will offer units with the option of 400 to 600 sq. ft. of living space. The units will be in-place permanent rental homes. In addition, there will be 35 individual housing units and a dedicated onsite Community Resource Center for the Veteran residents.
"TCDC’s Tiny Homes for Veteran Project was one of 10 Community Projects approved for funding by this federal grant through Rep. Gallego’s 7th District Community Project Funds."
This onsite Community Resource Center will be critical to the success and sustainability of this homeless veteran project. The onsite Community Resource Center will coordinate Support Services to include Healthcare Navigation and Equity, Supplemental Nutrition Support, Human and Social Services, Economic Self Sufficiency, and Workforce Development. The first community of Tiny Homes for homeless veterans is targeted to be built in the South Mountain Village area during the fiscal year 2022 -2023. The Arizona Rescue Plan Act awarded TCDC a Pre-development grant through the Governor’s office in the fall of 2021. Pre-development is nearing completion and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2022; Funding for the project’s construction phase was applied through Rep. Ruben Gallego’s 7th District Office. TCDC’s Tiny Homes for Veteran Project was one of 10 Community Projects approved for funding by this federal grant through Rep. Gallego’s 7th District Community Project Funds. We have received notification from Rep. Gallego’s office that our grant for construction is in the final stages of federal approval. Construction is slated for the fall of 2023. TCDC is seeking Community-based partners to collaborate with the Coordination Supportive Services to build these veteran communities in the South Mountain Village and Central Phoenix.