The Glendale City Council awarded $3.3 million for the new program. Central Arizona Shelter Services will lead the program with about 20 partners.
The 3,000-square-foot building is in the heart of downtown Glendale and has multiple bathrooms with showers. CASS used private funds to create private offices and conference rooms so caseworkers can have one-on-one or small group meetings with their clients. There's also a computer lab and classroom where people can study for the GED or apply for jobs.
CASS is also adding washers and dryers and an outdoor gathering space.
CASS immediately partnered with Phoenix Rescue Mission, which uses the center for its Glendale Works program. Through that program, individuals get paid to do landscaping and beautification in city parks and other city properties and receive assistance applying for permanent jobs.