UMOM Youth Resourses

Founded in 1964, UMOM is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is an innovative provider of shelter,housing and services for people experiencing homelessness.

Every night we provide safe shelter and supportive services for over 170 homeless families. We also offer nearly 300 units of affordable housing across the Valley, each with special Program Centers for residents.

For 40 years, the Tumbleweed Youth Development Center provided emergency help and shelter for homeless teens and young adults. In 2017, UMOM absorbed these programs and now offers them as emergency youth shelters and a youth resource center. The mission is the same: to help young people move from the street to self-sufficient adulthood. UMOM offers:

Services They Provide:

Basic Needs Services

  • Food Resources

  • Housing Resources

Educational Resources

  • High School Diploma/GED

  • College Preparation

Employment Assistance

  • Job Training Services


Youth Resource Center

The Phoenix Youth Resource Center (PYRC) is a facility located at 428 N. 24th St. in Phoenix that offers resources for youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness including case management, basic survival aids, educational groups, social activities, and resource connection. The facility is open from 8:30 am – Noon Monday-Friday and provides meals, daily activities, laundry services, showers, crisis counseling, access to internet and phone, clothing and other basic needs items. The PYRC is also a youth access point for the Maricopa County Regional Coordinated Entry program and staff are trained to conduct the screening assessments necessary for housing placement in the area’s continuum of homeless services

Job Training and Placement

UMOM’s Workforce Development Team provides a menu of employment and workforce services tailored to the unique needs of youth and designed to connect individuals with employment, education and training, along with job placement support.

Safe Place

National outreach program for young people under 18 who need immediate help and safety. As the lead agency for Maricopa County, UMOM partners with local businesses – like QT convenience stores and the Valley Metro bus services – designating them as Safe Place locations. Youth in trouble can head straight to a Safe Place location or reach out via a 24-hour help line, 602-841-5799.