1 in 5 millennials ...
lives in poverty.

May 2015

A recent study demonstrated that one out of every five millennials today is living in poverty*. In comparison, one of every seven baby boomers was living in poverty in 1980.  


The face of poverty is changing. Nearly 40% of our utility and rental assistance clients have at least post-secondary education. That's why, in addition to providing financial help, TCAA is piloting a program with Maricopa Workforce. They will begin meeting with our clients who have associates and bachelors degrees to help them find jobs - and allow us to reach additional residents living in poverty.


With your help, TCAA will continue to take action in new and innovative ways to meet changing community needs and challenges.



Bill Epps  

Executive Director  


* U.S. Census -- Young Adults: Then and Now  

Walk for the Homeless
Raises $11,000 for I-HELP 

On Saturday, April 11, more than 250 walkers participated in the first of what TCAA plans to be an annual event, the Walk for the Homeless. Teams from University Presbyterian Church and the Guardian Angels each raised more than $1,000 for the Walk, which raised $11,000. All proceeds from the event will be used to support I-HELP, the Interfaith Homeless Emergency Lodging Program.


Providing the only shelter option for homeless individuals in Tempe, I-HELP works with area faith congregations to provide shelter seven nights a week, 365 days a year. Last year, I-HELP provided more than 16,000 bed nights, assisting 647 individuals.


For more information and volunteer opportunities, email Sam Sumner.    


New TCAA Website Makes an Impact!

During the past three months, the team at TCAA has worked with web development firm, factor1 studios, a Tempe business, to create a new website for TCAA.This new site makes it easier for our clients to find the information they need, both online and via a mobile app. We've also posted some information in Spanish for easier accessibility for some of our clients.


Check out our new site at Here you can read success stories from the programs we offer, and see how you can help make an impact in your Tempe community, whether it be as a donor or a volunteer (or both!)



Health Start Classes Teach 1234 Parenting

TCAA Health Start currently is presenting the series of 1234 Parenting, giving parents the resources to deal more effectively with the behavior and development of their children. These classes also give clients an opportunity to come together in a friendly environment where they often become lifelong friends and develop a supportive community for one another.


A parent shared the impact the classes already have had in her family:


"I had been having so much trouble getting my son to do his homework. It was a daily struggle and he either ended up crying and not doing his homework or I would just give up and let him get away with it. I was just so tired of going through the same thing over and over again. But, after applying the methods that I have been learning in the parenting classes, I can't believe how well they work! It took practice and a couple of weeks. I began using the methods awkwardly at the beginning, but even then they worked! And now, after several weeks of doing them, they have become part of my daily vocabulary."


Volunteer Needs 

Hot weather is fast approaching. TCAA partners with other service providers throughout the Heat Relief Network to provide hydration stations and heat  

refuge for people in need. The goal is to prevent heat-related deaths during the summer months when high daytime temps  

are coupled with high temperatures at night. We also serves as a collection point for  

water bottle and basic needs donations.


Anyone can help address this urgent need by hosting water drives and by donating to TCAA. Drop off donations Monday -Friday from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at:



2150 E Orange Street  

Tempe, 85281   


or call Kathy Estrada  

at 480-350-5879 to arrange for a pick-up

of water donations.