TPCH Announces Funding for Prevention in Pima County
TPCH has funding available to its member organizations to address immediate needs that would divert or prevent someone from becoming homeless. This funding is intended to be used for costs that are otherwise not covered by existing programming in the community.
Housing programs can cover a wide variety of costs; but many still have limitations on the types of costs that they can cover. Finding additional resources for these uncovered costs can be time-consuming, which means that an unsheltered person cannot move into a housing unit, or a person facing eviction can get evicted while waiting. In some cases, people have the resources to be self-sufficient once they become housed, but lack the start-up costs associated with moving in. (i.e. application / administrative fee security deposit).
This funding is intended to fill those gaps in order to prevent or quickly resolve a person’s or family’s homelessness. It is a one-time intervention to resolve the immediate need, and it is very flexible so long as the expense prevents or ends homelessness. It is not intended to be ongoing or used to merely delay homelessness. Costs that are eligible for this funding are:
• Rent Arrears / Utility Arrears, When Needed to Move In or Prevent Eviction
• Bed Bug Treatment, When Needed to Prevent Eviction
• Identification Documents
• Moving Costs
• One-Time Vehicle Repair, When Needed to Prevent Job Loss and Subsequent Eviction
• Limited Motel Stays, in Certain Circumstances
• One-Way Travel, in Certain Circumstances
Because the purpose of this funding is to quickly prevent or end homelessness, ineligible costs include – but are not limited to – court costs, legal fees, food, clothing, toiletries, cleaning products, and ongoing assistance. Funds must be requested by the TPCH member providing the services. Funds may not be directly requested by the person in need. If the purpose of your request is not listed in either of these sections, please email TPCH@tucsonaz.gov for clarification.
To request funds, click on the image above or snap the QR code below. That will take you to the electronic form and give you the ability to submit supporting documents. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your request. Your submission will then be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. You will be notified to inform you if your submission was approved or not, or if additional information is needed. Approved requests will be forwarded on and a check will be mailed directly to the vendor. Checks will not be made payable to program participants.
In some circumstances, checks may be mailed to the requesting agency instead of the vendor. In urgent situations, agency staff may be able to pick up the check from the fiscal agent instead of it being mailed. For either of these situations, please email TPCH@tucsonaz.gov once you have submitted your request. Providers may also pay for the expense themselves and submit a request to be reimbursed. In these cases, the request must be submitted and approved in advance, and the provider must email proof of payment to TPCH@tucsonaz.gov within 14 days in order to be reimbursed.
If you have any questions, please email TPCH@tucsonaz.gov.
Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) is Tucson's winter severe-weather emergency shelter for people experiencing homelessness. ODF goes into effect when weather predictions are for overnight temperatures of 40°F or lower with rain, 35°F or lower without rain, or when wind chill factors indicate a health hazard from exposure. You do not need an ID or a TB card to participate in ODF.