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Arizona Housing Fund awards grant to Native American Connections' Osborn Pointe
Posted on Jul 18, 2023

Arizona Housing Fund awards grant to Native American Connections' Osborn Pointe

The $100,000 grant from the Arizona Housing Fund will help fund furniture and fixtures in this permanent supportive housing community.

Osborn Pointe project to provide permanent, supportive affordable housing for chronically homeless or disabled adults

$100,000 grant from the Arizona Housing Fund to help fund furniture and fixtures

PHOENIX (July 18, 2023) -- Native American Connections (NAC) has received a $100,000 grant for the Osborn Pointe project, which will provide 48 units of permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless or disabled adults in Phoenix. The building, located at 3406 N. 3rd Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85012, will provide stable, secure, furnished housing with wraparound services to people who would otherwise be chronically homeless and living on the streets and adults with disabilities in need of housing. The AZHF grant will help fund furnishings for Osborn Pointe so it will be move-in ready upon opening in the fourth quarter of 2024.

Osborn Pointe will be Native American Connections’ newest housing service site with 48 apartments for homeless people in Phoenix,” says Native American Connections CEO Truly Breuninger. “With support from the Arizona Housing Fund, NAC can acquire furniture and fixtures to make this house a home. NAC and the people we serve are truly grateful to the Arizona Housing Fund.”

Osborn Pointe, which is currently under development, will be the sixth permanent supportive housing facility in NAC’s portfolio of 24 service sites offering health, housing, and community development. This service site will have 48 one-bedroom units that will house chronically homeless or disabled adults who qualify for housing under Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care guidelines. 

The new LEED Platinum-certified permanent supportive housing service site will provide stable, secure, furnished, and dignified housing with wraparound services that will improve residents’ health and well-being by creating community, connecting people to healthcare resources, fostering educational opportunities and financial literacy, and maintaining food security and wellness. NAC partners with organizations such as: Circle the City, St. Joseph the Worker, St. Mary’s Food Bank, Desert Financial Credit Union and others. NAC also provides services through its onsite case management team and integrated healthcare clinics, behavioral health services, and substance use disorder treatment programs (in or outpatient).

“Native American Connections has been building healthy communities by offering critical services to strengthen individuals and families for over 50 years,” says Arizona Housing Fund Founder Howard Epstein. “They are truly experts in permanent, supportive housing – and Osborn Pointe is going to make a world of difference in the lives of its residents. We’re proud to be a supporter of this project.” 


About Arizona Housing Fund: Arizona Housing Fund (AZHF) is a dedicated sustainable fundraising source created to provide equity grants to Arizona nonprofits to build more affordable supportive housing and reduce homelessness in the state. Funding primarily comes from a voluntary escrow donation program, where homebuilders, developers, agents, and title companies participate in the program and give buyers and sellers an opportunity to donate to the AZHF. Tax-deductible donations from individuals, foundations, nonprofits, and for-profit corporations are also welcome. To learn more or to donate, visit arizonahousingfund.org.

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A "chronically homeless" individual is defined to mean a homeless individual with a disability who lives either in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven, or in an emergency shelter or in an institutional care facility if the individual has been living in the facility for fewer than ninety (90) days and had been living in a place not meant for human habitation, a safe haven or in an emergency shelter immediately before entering the institutional care facility. In order to meet the ‘‘chronically homeless’’ definition, the individual also must have been living as described above continuously for at least twelve (12) months or on at least four (4) separate occasions in the last three (3) years, where the combined occasions total a length of time of at least twelve (12) months. Each period separating the occasions must include at least seven (7) nights of living in a situation other than a place not meant for human habitation, in an emergency shelter or in a safe haven.

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