House of Refuge is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. It was incorporated in Mesa, Arizona in 1996 for the purpose of facilitating quality housing and social services for Arizona residents who meet the definition of homelessness as defined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards. House of Refuge is directed by a volunteer-based Board of Directors.
In 1995, upon the closure of the former Williams Air Force Base, House of Refuge and Community Housing Partnership under Title V, Part 583, Supportive Housing Program, were conveyed 88 homes and the former Chapel by the Department of Health and Human Services. The stipulation of this conveyance was to provide transitional housing with an associated supportive service program for eligible homeless families and individuals within the Maricopa County geographic service area for up to 24 months. In October 1996 the first resident was accepted into the House of Refuge program. In 2006 the service area was broadened to accept clients within the State of Arizona. Through Department of Housing and Urban Development, State, City, Corporate and private funding, House of Refuge serves families that would otherwise be homeless.
Throughout the Years
1996 – Accepted first family into House of Refuge program.
2000 – Built Tot Lot play area and remodeled 1 unit into Donation Center (Home Depot).
2001 – Built large playground (KaBOOM, NASCAR, Home Depot). Added large protective shades for KaBOOM (American Dermatology Association).
2003 – Remodeled 1 unit to offer after school activities to children.
2005 – Expanded Donation Center.
2007 – Built full basketball court (Phoenix Suns, Air Force Research Laboratory).
2008 – Built Laundromat (Keller Williams, Habitat for Humanity and hundreds of additional volunteers).
2009 – Established Resource Center – Job readiness center with computer lab (Valley of the Sun United Way, Maricopa Workforce).
2010 – 2013 – Energy efficiency program for our 88 units. To including; (1) Replaced roofs and installed heat pumps, (2) Replaced aging water heaters, refrigerators, and gas ranges with Energy Star products, (3) Tinted windows, increased insulation in attics to R-45, and replaced light bulbs with CFLs, and (4) Installed solar panels on 20 homes (Sponsored by Applied Materials, City of Mesa, Ferguson Plumbing, Gila River Indian Community, Mission Community Church, Redemption Gateway Church, and SRP).
2013 – Remodeled 1 unit and established Early Head Start program (Head Start/Early Head Start).