Arizona State University is the newest tenant to move into the historical Westward Ho building in Downtown Phoenix.
You may recognize the Westward Ho as a home to many seniors and low-income families. The old building was converted from a historic hotel to government assisted housing with 289 apartment units back in 1979. Now it’s also home to Arizona State University students and staff. The first floor of the building is essentially a clinic called the “Collaboratory on Central” offering heath care and mental health services. “A lot of the time here they’ve had a big history of people passing them by whether it’s on the street or when they’ve actually been in need. They’re just thriving when they get that sort of attention and that sort of love.” said Eloise Bacon, a nursing student at ASU. The initiative is a joint effort between Arizona State University, the owners of the Westward Ho and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.