The hidden homeless: Growing number of older people living on the streets
January 6, 20120
Viola Campbell’s voice shakes as she talks about the steep drop between the life she expected in retirement and her reality. “I’ve never been homeless before in my life. I’ve always had jobs,” Campbell said. Still, this is where she is at 75 – looking for kindnesses at Justa Center, a daytime resource center serving people 55 or older.
NAU students criticized for dressing as homeless people for Halloween
November 1, 2019
A picture of several Northern Arizona University students dressed as homeless people is drawing condemnation online and from the homeless advocacy community. As of Friday afternoon, a tweet with screenshots of a now-deleted Instagram post had around 9,000 retweets and 22,000 likes.
Aid Organizations: Senior Homelessness on the Rise in Arizona
October 18, 2019
Arizona aid organizations say senior homelessness is on the rise, with many of these people experiencing homelessness for the first time.”It’s pretty dramatic. More than you would believe,” said Wendy Johnson, Executive Director of the Justa Center, which helps out homeless seniors.
74-Year-Old Phoenix Woman Became Homeless After $50 Rent Increase
September 21, 2019
Earlier this summer, her rent rose by $50, and 74-year-old Grace became homeless for the first time in her life. Grace, who requested that Phoenix New Times use a pseudonym and withhold other identifying information because she did not want her family to know of her homelessness, said that the senior apartment complex where she lived announced the increase a few months prior.
Amid Maricopa County Push To Combat Homelessness, Shelter For Seniors Faces Uncertain Future
August 20, 2019
Eliminating homelessness in the Phoenix area, with a focus on veterans, has been a strongly-expressed aim of leaders here for a number of years. Former Phoenix Mayor and now Congressman Greg Stanton had made it a top priority.
Phoenix Homeless Center for Seniors in Jeopardy of Closing
August 12, 2019
A Phoenix-based center that caters to homeless seniors is in serious danger of closing its doors, leaving hundreds of people who depend on them in the balance.
Nurse Pays It Forward to Boss Devoted to Helping Homeless Seniors Get Off the Street
July 11, 2019
Living on the street, in the extreme heat, can be dangerous, especially if you’re a homeless senior with no money and no place to go. “There’s nothing that breaks my heart more than to have a 75-year-old person come to me and tell me they spent last night on a park bench and got beat up,” said Mary Patten, a nurse at the Justa Center, which takes in homeless seniors.
More People Over 55 Are Becoming Homeless — One Phoenix Organization Is Trying To Help
January 24, 2018
Every year, more older adults are becoming homeless. And it’s not just an Arizona problem. According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, in 2016, more than 21 percent of homeless people over age 50 were living in shelters, that figure doesn’t count those living on America’s streets.
Homeless Seniors Receive Homes through Justa Center
December 31, 2017
When you think of growing old, perhaps traveling the world or spending time with the grandkids comes to mind. But, for some elderly, they’re just trying to find a roof over their heads. One Valley group called “Justa Center” has made it a mission to help those seniors who need a place to call home.
Justa Center: Giving Back to the Community
December 29, 2017
ACA Wellness understands how important giving back is to the community, especially to our seniors and homeless veterans. For over four years, ACA Wellness has held an annual clothing drive in support of the Justa Center. During this drive, we asked our valued partners, family, and friends to come together to help donate warm clothing, blankets, and personal hygiene items.
Justa Center in Phoenix Helps Address ‘Surge’ of Older Homeless Population
May 30, 2017
It can happen in an instant: You lose your job. You can’t pay your medical bills. You have an accident. For thousands of Arizonans, experts say it’s often one “catastrophic” event that forced them into homelessness. And there’s one growing section of the homeless population that’s especially hard hit – “older” people, generally ages 50 to 64.
Phoenix’s Justa Center Serves Thousands of Homeless Seniors Every Year
April 26, 2017
The nation’s only resource center for homeless seniors is located right here in Phoenix. Through the help of volunteers and a limited staff, they help these folks find housing, VA benefits, jobs and more. Around 130 seniors visit the Justa Center every single day. Right in the heart of Phoenix, they come here to get back on their feet.
Justa Center: Helping Homeless Seniors Do More Than Survive
January 6, 2017
Can you imagine being a senior and having no place to call home? Unfortunately, this is the sad reality for far too many men and women that should be enjoying the later years of their lives. The number of older homeless adults is projected to increase by 33 percent in the next 10 years and double by 2050.
Phoenix’s Homeless Veteran Problem Not Solved, Local Homeless Advocates Say
March 12, 2014
Despite the headlines, not everyone believes Phoenix has housed every homeless veteran in the city. It’s a typical Monday morning for Joe Simek, a veterans advocate at the Justa Center, a day program for homeless seniors in downtown Phoenix.
Jubilee Ministry Center – Justa Center
May 9, 2013
Did you know that Justa Center in downtown Phoenix is a Jubilee Ministry of the Episcopal Church? Established in 2008 as a joint ministry with the Ecumenical Chaplaincy for the Homeless and the Phoenix Area of the United Methodist Church, Justa Center was designated a Jubilee Ministry of the Episcopal Church in April of 2009.
At Homeless Senior Center, Miracles are Standard
It’s a small, unassuming building on the outskirts of downtown Phoenix along West Jefferson Street. But for some in the community, the place known as the Justa Center has been a huge part of their lives.