Communities where citizens are housed and employed are vibrant and safe. Communities where homelessness is common pay in high expenditures of tax dollars, lost opportunities, human misery for people experiencing homelessness, and lowered quality of life for everyone!
Ending homelessness is a collaborative, community effort that saves tax dollars, opens opportunities, improves quality of life, and enhances the business climate. Ending homelessness requires the entire community to work together. Here are some examples.
Since October 2015, City of Tucson Ward 5 Council Member Richard Fimbres has regularly brought together a group of government officials, business owners, faith-based organizations, TPCH, its members and other service providers and the homeless community. Such collaboration has inspired notable progress.
Jacome Plaza is an example of business climate enhancement through ending homelessness.
“Through DTP Connects, 84 individuals experiencing homelessness were connected with housing in three short months and a homeless encampment was completely transformed into a vibrant public plaza enjoyed by all. By collaborating with various organizations in the Tucson area, we are reducing homelessness in our city,” stated Kathleen Eriksen, President and CEO of the Downtown Tucson Partnership (DTP).
Tucson Change Movement provides ongoing support
DTP also worked with the Fourth Avenue Coalition, Ward 5, and Park Tucson to launch the Tucson Change Movement in May 2017 with 20 donated parking meters at which people can give their change – or use debit or credit cards – to support homelessness-related causes, beginning with the Tucson Homeless Work Program. In 2018, as Tucson Homeless Work Program entered its second year, it won a Common Ground Award from the Metropolitan Pima Alliance, and an Award of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) in July 2018.
H.S. Lopez Family Foundation supports current, future services
Humberto S. and Czarina Lopez contributed most generously to current homelessness services, providing the Sister Jose Women’s Center with Czarina’s Kitchen, where about 3,800 meals are served to homeless women each month, and purchasing and giving to the oversight of Gospel Rescue Mission the former Holiday Inn Palo Verde to become the new Center for Opportunity, where homeless and at-risk persons can find or link to all the services they need at one location, 4550 S. Palo Verde Blvd.
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