Maricopa County StandDown Assists Veterans in Need

Maricopa County StandDown Assists Veterans in Need

The Arizona Veteran StandDown Alliance is a DBA of the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness and was formed not only to manage the Maricopa County StandDown but to assist in funding the StandDown events that occur throughout the state. A StandDown is community-based event where organizations come together to provide annual, one to three day events that bring together the State’s homeless and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging from:VA HealthCare, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License’s, Court Services and Legal Aide, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other services and resources. StandDowns are held in different counties throughout the State with the largest, serving approximately 1,850 veterans, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum at the Arizona State Fairgrounds in Maricopa County in February of this year.

While its primary goal is helping homeless veterans access the resources needed (including housing) to regain their highest level of independence; its secondary goal is to bring our community and service providers together in a collaborative format that can build relationships throughout the year that positively benefit homeless and at-risk veterans. Ultimately, it is our hope that the events will create the awareness, political/community will and consistent data necessary to acquire the on-going resources it will take to end veteran homelessness once and for all.


Thursday, February 9th
& Friday, February 10th

Veterans Memorial Coliseum
at the Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 W. McDowell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85007


StandDown events are open
to ALL Veterans in the local area
who are in need of the following resources:

VA benefits assistance; medical & mental health services; housing assistance; Maricopa County/city municipal courts; MVD-ID’s & driver licenses; social security information; substance abuse counseling & referrals; DES employment & benefits assistance; legal aid assistance; meals, clothing, showers, haircuts, dental & vision; sleeping areas for men, women, and families; storage for personal items; and pet care (all domestic animals welcome).

Transportation WILL be provided!

Transportation pick ups will begin at 8AM both Thursday & Friday at the following stops:

  • VA Medical Center
    650 E. Indian School Road (PHX)
    1500 E. Thomas Road (PHX)
  • Human Services Campus (CASS, SVdP, LDRC)
    204 S. 12th Avenue (PHX)
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
    1801 S. 35th Avenue (PHX)
  • U.S. Vets
    804 E. Jones Ave (PHX)
  • U.S. Vets
    3400 NW Grand Ave (PHX)
  • UMOM New Day Centers
    3333 E. Van Buren Road (PHX)
  • Paz De Cristo Community Center
    424 W. Broadway (MESA)
  • Catholic Charities’ MANA House
    755 E. Willetta Street (PHX)

If you plan to use public transportation, keep in mind that the Veterans Memorial Coliseum is approximately 1/4 mile from the fairgrounds entrance, so please be aware when making transportation arrangements. The closest light rail station is Central/McDowell and is 1.5 miles away along bus route 17. Additionally, the closest bus routes are 17 & 19; please visit Valley Metro for more information and trip planning.

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