On February 2, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $315 million in new federal program awards in 46 cities and localities across 30 states to address unsheltered and rural homelessness. This announcement encourages coordinated planning among a variety of partners that include healthcare, Public Housing Agencies, other HUD-assisted housing providers, and people with lived experience. Click here to read the HUD announcement.
The Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness received $7,802,581 which will support five new housing, outreach, and system administration projects to address unsheltered homelessness in Pima County. Each of these projects have received an initial three years of funding and will be eligible for annual renewal following the initial three-year grant period.
“These funds will have a remarkable impact in our community’s ability to respond to the growing crisis of unsheltered homelessness,” said Jocelyn Muzzin, TPCH Board Chairperson. “We applaud the local organizations and projects funded through today’s announcement.”
Learn More About the TPCH Projects Funded Through Today’s Announcement
Old Pueblo Community Services – Mesquite Permanent Supportive Housing Project ($2,886,954)
The Mesquite PSH project will provide 80 year-round units of permanent supportive housing for unsheltered persons with disabilities experiencing chronic homelessness.
Community Bridges, Inc. – CBI Pima Permanent Supportive Housing Project ($2,886,954)
The CBI Pima PSH project will provide 70 year-round units of permanent supportive housing for unsheltered persons with disabilities experiencing chronic homelessness.
City of Tucson – Tucson Multi-Disciplinary Outreach Program ($1,560,516)
The Tucson Multi-Disciplinary Outreach Program will establish a coordinated street outreach team and volunteer outreach initiative through a partnership between the City of Tucson, Community Bridges, Inc., El Rio Community Health Center, Old Pueblo Community Services, and Our Family Services.
Pima County – Homeless Management Information System Unsheltered Supplemental ($234,078)
The HMIS Unsheltered Supplemental will provide additional HMIS staffing to support the projects funded under this award and expanded homeless system data analytics and reporting.
City of Tucson – Continuum of Care Planning Unsheltered Supplemental ($234,078)
The CoC Planning Unsheltered Supplemental will support additional CoC Lead Agency staffing to support systems change and improvement initiatives throughout the Continuum of Care.
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.