Free Oct. 13 concert raises recognition of homelessness

From left, Darwin Scott, Ryan Picone, Scott Jeffers, Walt Richardson and Teneia Sanders. – Wrangler News photo by Dee Myers

Extreme economic hardship affects people everywhere, and Tempe is working to help families who find themselves in crisis.

Targeting the problem of homelessness, the city of Tempe will host a free Our House-Tempe community concert from noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Tempe Community Complex, Rural Road and Southern Avenue.

The outdoor event will feature performances from Teneia Sanders, AJ Odneal, Traveler, Chuck Hall and Walt Richardson, Family and Friends.

Those attending are asked to bring picnic lunches and blankets to take part in the afternoon of music; they also can bring unopened packages of socks, underwear and T-shirts, sunscreen, razors, deodorant and bottled water for those who are homeless or at risk.
“Our House-Tempe is an event (designed to) bring attention to the difficulty of local residents experiencing homelessness,” said Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell.

Goal of the event is to develop strategies for permanent supportive housing. The Ramsey Social Justice Foundation, together with Valley of the Sun United Way, has established the endowment to sustain such an effort.

Jenny Norton of the foundation hailed Tempe’s efforts.

“The city of Tempe has always been at the forefront of addressing the needs of our neighbors experiencing homelessness,” she said.

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