Addressing Homelessness in Mesa
Services Provided for People Experiencing Homelessness
The City of Mesa addresses homelessness through our Housing Path to Recovery strategy. Our strategy is focused on addressing health and safety needs and improving the quality of life and housing stability for all in Mesa. We do this through wise investments, strong collaborations and a region-wide approach.
Off the Streets, highlighted below, is a first step on our Housing Path providing immediate shelter with strong support services for Mesa’s most vulnerable including seniors, Veterans, families with young children and single women.
This site reflects data from Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) and Continuum of Care (CoC) providers as well as City of Mesa services and programs.
County Trends in Homelessness
Every quarter, the MAG Homelessness Trends Report provides a snapshot of the trends in the population experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County. The report includes the number of people experiencing homelessness and more detailed information on demographics, subpopulations, and programs.
The chart on the right shows actively Homeless Households are households that recently engaged with homeless service providers in Maricopa County during the month listed. This is a national best practice standard for understanding who is experiencing homelessness. Click the image to read the latest quarterly Homelessness Trends Report.
The following data reflects the demographics of the 5,454 Mesa residents that received services for homeless related services during calendar year 2023 compared with the total Mesa population as estimated by the US Census 2021 American Community Survey (ACS). Homelessness data is from the Maricopa Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) unless otherwise noted.
Off the Streets Program Dashboard
Off the Streets is a temporary housing program providing strong support services to people experiencing homelessness. This program is offered by the City of Mesa and our partner Community Bridges, Inc. The data below represents all clients since program inception May 2020 and includes emergency cots, bridge rooms and 90-day rooms. For individual room or bed type data, select the Program dropdown.
Mesa Police Homeless Outreach Project
The "Homeless Outreach Project" involves a proactive contact made by police during an outreach effort in which services are offered to people experiencing homelessness by a nonprofit partner in partnership with Police.
Contacts Number of individuals contacted by officers and confirmed by self-admission or other means to be homeless. Not all contacts were involved in a citeable or arrestable criminal offense or accepted humanitarian service of shelter, medical, or mental health assistance.
Service Resistance/Arrests Individual is arrested, cited, or a long form complaint is filed. Individual was contacted in commission of a crime or citable offense. If it was a felony or a warrant individual was arrested. Any minor misdemeanor or city code offenses individual is offered services of housing, CBI, etc. in lieu of a cite or being arrested. Individual declines services and is arrested or issued a citation.
Service Acceptance No crime or criminal activity is occurring. Individual is contacted and is offered shelter, medical, or mental health services and accepts placement into one of these services. Individual is transported to CBI by officer, Navigators are called and transport individual for shelter, or fire transports subject to an appropriate facility.
Park Ranger Homelessness Related Contacts
Contacts are identified by Park Rangers as experiencing homelessness through field interviews and individuals self-reporting. Often Park Rangers know and recognize individuals experiencing homelessness through repeated contacts, presence of personal belongings, etc.