Ending Youth Homelessness in Tucson/Pima County

Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH) is on a mission to prevent and end youth homelessness in Pima County. To accomplish this, we are working to elevate youth power in choice in decision-making at the individual, organizational, and system level. We invite you to join us by emailing youth@tpch.net.

TPCH was selected to participate in two national initiatives to address youth homelessness in 2019. These include HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) through which the Tucson/Pima County Continuum of Care was awarded $4.558 million to accelerate community efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness and the A Way Home America Grand Challenge through which we will partner with Federal technical assistance providers and nine other communities across the nation to end homelessness among youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth by 2022.


We envision communities and systems throughout Tucson/Pima County in which the causes of youth homelessness are disrupted and its solutions are permanent. This requires radical systems change built on intersectional equity and youth power. In these systems, young people drive individual housing solutions and hold equal power at all levels of community decision-making.

These principles form the foundation of our work to prevent and end youth homelessness. They are infused throughout the YHDP and Grand Challenge initiatives.

  • Housing, education, employment, health, and social outcomes
  • Focus on vulnerable populations
  • Racial equity and LGBTQ+ inclusivity
  • Family engagement
  • Housing First
  • Positive Youth Development and Trauma-Informed Care
  • Youth Choice
  • Individualized youth-driven support
  • Social and community integration
  • Coordinated Entry improvements

Goal 1 – Youth Voice and Action: To engage youth in leading and implementing strategies to address youth homelessness.

Goal 2 – Housing: To improve housing permanency and decrease repeat homelessness among youth.

Goal 3 – Youth Opportunity: To increase educational engagement and income generation among youth experiencing homelessness.

Goal 4 – Health: To increase access to and use of medical, behavioral, dental, and social/emotional well-being resources.

Goal 5 – Homelessness Prevention: To better identify and immediately assist youth at risk of experiencing homelessness.

Goal 6 – Data and Coordinated Entry: To leverage data and coordinated entry as tools for ending youth homelessness.

Goal 7 – Equity: To ensure that youth experience equitable access and opportunities for success within the local youth homelessness response system.

More than 150 community members representing a wide variety of housing, employment, education, health, behavioral health, legal, and young people impacted by homelessness and housing instability came together between November 2019 and March 2020 to develop a comprehensive and coordinated community plan to prevent and end youth homelessness.

Read the plan here.

The Youth Action Committee (YAC) is a collective of youth leaders, age 24 and younger, who have current or past experience of homelessness or housing instability. YAC members play a critical role in guiding the implementation of the Coordinated Community Plan, continuous quality improvement strategies, and are decision makers on YHDP funding and planning priorities.

Current Members

Lanay L.
Judy S.
Stephanie S.
Eddie C.

Louie D.
Andre A.
Angelo T.
Sebastian M.

(If you or someone you know may be interested in applying to YAC, please contact youth@tpch.net).

The YHDP initiative is a collaborative community effort. Thank you to our incredible community partners for their work to develop and advance our Coordinated Community Plan to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness.

Amphitheater School District

Arizona Children’s Association

Arizona Complete Health

Arizona Department of Child Safety

Arizona Department of Education

Arizona Housing Coalition

Arizona Serve

Arizona Youth Partnership

Child-Parent Centers

City High School

City of Tucson

El Rio Health Centers

Goodwill of Southern Arizona

Indian Oasis School District

Stand Up for Kids Tucson

Step Up to Justice

Tucson Preparatory School

Tucson Unified School District

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona

University of Arizona

Youth On Their Own

Juvenile Justice Coalition

Las Artes

Marana Health Center

Marana Unified School District

Old Pueblo Community Services

Our Family Services

Pima Community College

Pima County

Pima County JTED

Pima County Public Library

Pima Prevention Partnership

Pima County Juvenile Court Center

PPEP Integrated Care

Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation


On April 23, 2020, TPCH opened the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project funding competition for eligible not-for-profit and government entities serving Pima County, Arizona.  A total of $4,108,265 in project funding is available to support projects providing:

  • Peer Outreach, Engagement, and Advocacy
  • Navigation and Case Management
  • Diversion Services
  • Education and Employment Services
  • Crisis Transitional Housing
  • Rapid Rehousing
  • Permanent Supportive Housing

Project applications are due by 12pm AZ time on May 21, 2020.  Review the Request for Proposals and application materials here.

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