Those kind of calls are fairly new for the Front Door program, said Sandi Flores, program director for Catholic Charities, one of several nonprofits involved in Front Door.
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The program was created primarily to assist people who are already experiencing homelessness, streamlining the ways to find and apply for housing assistance, Flores said. After interviewing a homeless resident, Front Door could help them get the kind of assistance they need at one of the various providers in town.
But more recently, McManimon said on top of the about 20 interviews they are conducting with those already experiencing homelessness, she has also been getting about 15 calls a week from residents who are worried they could be evicted.
McManimon said the number of those calls has varied throughout the year, but increased significantly last month as the end of the CDC’s eviction moratorium drew closer.
She said they are doing their best to direct those people to the assistance they need, either directing them to Coconino County, which offers rental assistance, or to other organizations such as St. Vincent de Paul, the Salvation Army or Catholic Charities, all of which can offer limited rental support.
For many of the people who call her, McManimon said this is the first time they are looking at the possibility of eviction and they may not know what resources are available to them.