“Arizona State University takes fundamental responsibility for the communities we serve. The challenge of homelessness is one that is shared throughout the region and which all public institutions must come together to address.”
-ASU President Michael Crow
ASU works closely with neighboring communities to address homelessness near our campuses.
ASU funds two outreach specialists on the City of Tempe’s HOPE (Homeless Outreach Program Effort) team, which provides services to those experiencing homelessness. The team connects individuals and families to shelter, housing solutions and resources that can help end their homelessness. The HOPE team conducts outreach seven days a week, 24 hours a day and works closely with the ASU Police Department.
If a person is committing a crime or posing a threat, ASU PD will take legal action. If a person is seeking shelter or other assistance, officers will work to connect them to available services.
ASU PD does issue trespassing citations to repeat offenders. If a person is within a residence hall or in restricted areas, there is a zero-tolerance approach, and they will be arrested.
Homeless solutions - Tempe
The City of Tempe continues to enhance its Homeless Solutions and in 2022, launched several new tools for the community:
- Anyone can call the CARE & HOPE Line to assist those in crisis or experiencing homelessness or get help for themselves. Specialists are available 24/7 at (480) 350-8004.
- The community can report encampments that need to be addressed through the city’s Encampment Reporting form.
- A public dashboard tracks weekly outreach and engagement, available shelter space, those assisted with housing solutions and more.
Community Bridges - Phoenix
ASU PD works with Community Bridges Inc., an addiction and behavioral health treatment center, to help connect homeless individuals near our downtown Phoenix campus to a shelter or facility that can provide needed services.
Through this partnership, ASU PD was awarded a grant to add two CBI Navigators for ASU PD to assist in providing outreach across all ASU campuses, in addition to an existing CBI Navigator already dedicated to the Downtown Phoenix campus. That position is funded by the President’s Office.
ASU PD engagement
In an effort to make the entire Navigator program as effective as it can be, ASU PD is piloting a Community Outreach Officer initiative for the Spring 2023 semester. This initiative will consist of dedicating a selected patrol officer to work directly with the three CBI Navigators across all campuses by coordinating the collective efforts and experiences of the Navigators and the entire Patrol Operations Division.