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New Tempe community center offers services and heat relief for Valley homeless

Posted at 10:52 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 13:52:47-04

TEMPE, AZ — Excessive heat continuing in the Valley and escaping from the sun is sometimes the difference between life and death.

The Oasis Drop-In Center in Tempe near McClintock Road and Apache Boulevard has just opened within the last few weeks to offer relief to the homeless community in a variety of ways.

The center is an extension of the Tempe Community Action Agency and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. They expect to serve 2,000 individuals in the first year alone.

The goal is to make this the bridge people need to go from being homeless to finding housing. This is not a shelter, but it is a space to access help.

These are the resources that are available inside, according to their website:

  • Computer and phone stations
  • Mail access
  • Emergency food bags
  • Water/Heat relief station
  • Financial coaching
  • On-site washer and dryer
  • AHCCCS, SNAP, and Veteran’s Benefits Enrollment
  • Identification documents
  • Employment assistance
  • Workshops
  • I-HELP Shelter Intake

The resources and facility are made possible by a community-wide effort with contributions from residents, State Farm and Silicon Valley Bank. Circle the City, Shoebox Ministries, and Homeless ID project are also involved in the new space.

The exact address is: 1880 E. Apache Boulevard, Tempe, Arizona, 85281.

To contact the Oasis Drop-In Center, you can call 480-590-5514.