Seniors Deserve a Place to Call Home
Justa Center began in 2006 by Pastor Scott Richey and members of the United Methodist Church, who developed the programs and services after asking homeless seniors what they needed to help their journey back into housing. It started with a need to have somewhere they come every day to be safe, out of the weather, and have access to needed resources. Justa Center continues to grow.
In the United States, ten thousand (10,000) baby boomers turn 65 every day. In Canada, the city of Toronto has recently found that 62% of seniors reported difficulty in paying their rent. In the UK, the number of homeless seniors increased by 100% over a seven-year period. In the US, the number of homeless seniors is expected to increase annually until it peaks in 2060.
Seniors experience homelessness for a variety of reasons, including:
In 2017, Phoenix reported an estimated 13,000 homeless individuals over the age of 45. Of those, over 2,000 were aged 62 and older. The most recent point-in-time (one-night) count of all homeless persons reflected a 12 percent increase year over year and reported the number of unsheltered homeless has risen 149% in the five-year period of 2014 to 2018.
The current length of time to find appropriate, affordable housing, be qualified and accepted, and save up for application fees and deposits is currently ranging from 160 to 400 days. This guarantees that more seniors will be living on the streets where they are at risk of illness, injury, lack of nutrition, and victimization for the majority of their homeless experience.
Our commitment to our members, donors, and the community is to:
The Board of Directors and Leadership Team are comprised of dedicated servant-leaders who work together to change the lives of homeless seniors every day.
Contact our leadership using the links provided.