Until last week, people who came to the Homeless ID Project (HIDP) office in the Brian Garcia Welcome Center would receive a voucher to cover the cost of getting an ID from the state, and then they would have to take a 45-minute bus ride to the closest Motor Vehicle Division office. Now, a full-time customer service representative from the Motor Vehicle Division is stationed within HIDP’s office on the Campus.
"If you're on the street, you either don't have or will likely lose your identification document and therefore you get stuck," said Rick Mitchell, Executive Director of Homeless ID Project. People without stable housing may have their belongings stolen or could misplace them during a move…having an ID is often important for finding housing — or avoiding homelessness altogether, he said.
In the first week of the partnership, HIDP issued around 152 IDs and is on track to provide 17,000 identifications in 2023. HIDP currently has nine venues in Arizona.
“I can’t imagine anybody being in a more difficult or vulnerable spot than being homeless and not being able to prove who they are,” Mitchell said.
HSC is grateful for our long-time partnership with HIDP. Having MVD on the Campus further strengthens our collaborative approach to ending homelessness for people every day.