Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc. (Phoenix, AZ)


  • Name:Cheryl Weiner
  • Title:Director, Dental Programs Grants Procurement and Management

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc.
  • Address:230 South 12th Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ 85007
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:602-256-6963
  • Main fax:602-256-6401

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User Phone

  • Mobile phone:480-760-1150

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  • Mission:
  • Central Arizona Shelter Services' (CASS), mission is to “Empower men, women, and children with diverse needs to end their homelessness by providing shelter and supportive services.” CASS opened in 1984 to provide emergency shelter to homeless individuals in central Arizona. We now serve an average of 5,200 unduplicated men, women, and children each year. While initially providing only emergency shelter, CASS' programs and services have expanded over the years to address many of the root causes of homelessness, thereby helping our clients on their road to independence.

    CASS has provided over 4.3 million nights of lodging to nearly 160,000 homeless men, women and children from metropolitan Phoenix in its 26 years. CASS is now the largest provider of shelter and supportive services to the homeless in Arizona, housing 1,000 homeless individuals each night in three shelters. CASS’ 400 single adult dormitory beds currently provide 55% of all single adult emergency shelter beds in Maricopa County. Vista Colina Family Shelter, CASS’ dedicated family shelter, has 120 beds and represents over 12% of the emergency family capacity in Maricopa County. Its Men’s Overflow Shelter provides safety from the streets and the harsh desert climate to 250+ single adult men nightly.

    When homeless individuals arrive at CASS, their basic needs are immediately met, e.g. food, clothing, shelter, shower, and hygiene facilities. While the emergency shelter is CASS’ core function, programs and supportive services distinguish it from traditional homeless shelters. CASS provides its clients supportive services and the resources for services that are necessary to permanently end their homelessness. CASS’ shelter and supportive services include:

    • Single Adult Emergency Shelter Program – At CASS’ main facility, there are 400 beds in single sleeping gender specific dormitories. Single men (300) and single women (100) over 18 years old receive safety, basic needs (food, clothing, hygiene facilities), and supportive services.

    • Vista Colina Emergency Family Shelter – CASS operates a 30-unit apartment complex in north Phoenix that provides an enriching environment for parents and children. On-site, nationally accredited child care and educational services allow parents the freedom to address and resolve the root cause of their homelessness.

    • Men’s Overflow Shelter (MOS) – The MOS offers shelter and safety from the streets to 250+ single adult men nightly, with a focus on transitioning men to the main shelter

    • Case Management – Each client meets with a case manager within one week of admission to CASS. The root cause(s) of one’s homelessness is identified and an individual service plan is created to address it. Clients receive referrals for healthcare, housing, education, and counseling services that will help to resolve their homelessness.

    • Employment Services – CASS offers clients a clothing bank, job readiness classes, skills assessment, and job training referrals. Job seekers have access to telephones, a job board, the Internet, bus passes, and a voice mail messaging service to support their job search. CASS successfully recruited Paradise Bakery & Café as an employment partner. This collaboration provides CASS clients with entry-level employment opportunities with career advancement opportunities.

    • Dental Services - The CASS Dental Clinic for the Homeless offers comprehensive dental care at no cost.

  • History:
  • Widespread homelessness did not always exist in Maricopa County. The major cause of homelessness began in the 1970s when the City of Phoenix and private corporations began to destroy 30 inexpensive hotels for construction projects. Thousand of quasi-boarding rooms for people with very low incomes, physical, and/or mental disabilities vanished. Unable to afford traditional housing, these individuals had no alternative but to turn to the streets of metropolitan Phoenix. The concurrent deinstitutionalization of people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities exacerbated the situation. There was a profound lack of planning for living arrangements for these individuals as well as inadequate community treatment and rehabilitative services. The County was ill prepared to support the psychiatric community's movement to replace long-stay psychiatric hospitals with less isolated community mental health services for these individuals. Uncoordinated social services were rarely effective long-term and a growing population of chronically homeless men and women began to populate the streets of downtown Phoenix and communities across the Valley. Criminals and drug dealers preyed upon this vulnerable population, creating unsafe conditions for everyone in the area. Central Phoenix devolved into a "homeless zone" of abandoned buildings and high crime.

    CASS was founded in 1985 in response to this new homeless community in central Phoenix and the need to provide emergency shelter to these unsheltered men, women, and children. In its 25+ years, CASS has provided over 4.3 million nights of lodging to nearly 160,000 homeless men, women and children from metropolitan Phoenix. Its 400 single adult beds in its current location provide 55% of all single adult emergency shelter beds in Maricopa County. Vista Colina Family Shelter, CASS’ dedicated family shelter, has 120 beds and represent over 12% of the emergency family capacity in Maricopa County. CASS’ first objective is to stabilize a homeless individuals’ crisis, and then provide direct services or linkages to services that assist clients in ending their homelessness. Case management, employment services, substance abuse and alcohol treatment, and mental health services are but a few of the resources available to CASS clients.

  • Year established:1984
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:20
  • Advisory board size:0
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  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:509(a)(1)
  • Tax ID:86-0500753

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:860500753
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:
  • Organization Address:230 S 12TH AVE
  • Organization City:PHOENIX
  • Organization State:AZ
  • Organization Zip:85007-3101
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:October, 1985
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):560
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:L41Z
  • Asset Amount:$2,803,069
  • Asset Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$8,302,376
  • Income Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$8,302,376
  • Last Updated:2/22/2018 2:34:42 am

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