New women's homeless shelter dedicated during hottest week of the year

PHOENIX - While a dangerous heat wave rocks the Valley, a brand new safe house for homeless women is preparing to open. The Halle Women's Center will help hundreds of women in need, all thanks to a $3.5 million campaign by nonprofit UMOM New Day Centers.

The shelter will be the first full-service homeless shelter for women, taking a huge step forward in UMOM's mission to prevent and end homelessness in Phoenix.

Tillie McKoy used to be homeless, but now has her own apartment.

"A lot of times people forget about single women," McKoy said. "They think when you're single you can automatically make it on your own. Like you're OK. You don't need any help. You don't need any support. But that's not true."  

In a matter of weeks, the Halle Women's Center can house up to 130 women per day," says Darlene Newsom, CEO of UMOM New Day Centers.

Homeless single women experience abuse.

"Four out of five of our homeless single women are victims of sexual attack or abuse or violence so many of them sleep wherever they can," Newsom said.

And one in four homeless single individuals in Phoenix are women. Both Newsom and the City of Phoenix don't want any more women to suffer.

"(They'll) not only have a safe place to stay, but here at this facility get job training, health care mental health care, maybe a substance abuse treatment," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

The facility has 48 brand new rooms and 10 are ADA accessible, making it a dream location for so many.

Women are expected to start moving into the shelter on July 10, 2017. The Halle Women's Center is located across the street from UMOM's main campus near 32nd and Van Buren streets. 

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