Cooling Center Locations in Tucson

Published on June 01, 2024

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The summer sun is dangerous for people who are outside for long periods of time. Visit a cooling station for a place to get out of the sun and cool off.

Summer Heat Safety Tips

  1. Plan your day. Avoid going out during the peak heat hours and wear sunscreen.
  2. Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water and bring a reusable water bottle with you when you leave the house.
  3. Dress accordingly. Bring a hat or umbrella with you when you leave the house. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothes.
  4. Check in on your neighbors. People may be more at risk during the heat, such as older adults, people who are pregnant or sick, or children.
  5. Beware of heat-related illness. Call 911 if you are experiencing high body temperature, vomiting, and pale or clammy skin.
  6. Hot cars can be deadly. Don't leave children or pets unattended in a car.
  7. Keep cool. Go to an airconditioned place, park, or pool.

Free Cooling Centers in Tucson

Cooling centers will be open from June 1 - August 31.
Open noon - 4 p.m., daily. Closed on holidays.

Cooling centers offer temporary designated areas for the public to utilize and escape the heat during peak hours.

Donna Liggins Center, 2160 N 6th Ave

El Pueblo Center, 101 W Irvington Road Building #9

El Rio Center, 1390 W Speedway Blvd

Freedom Center, 5000 E 29th Street

Morris K. Udall Center, 7200 E Tanque Verde Road

Randolph Center, 200 S Alvernon Way

Pima County Cooling Centers

Free Summer Sun Respite for People Experiencing Homelessness

The summer sun is dangerous for people living outdoors. Visit any of these cooling stations for a place to get out of the sun and cool off.

Amazon Shelter - COOLtainer

1135 W Miracle Mile, Tucson, AZ 85705

Open: Tuesday - Saturday, noon - 5:30 p.m.

  • Cots to nap or rest
  • Hygiene items
  • Snacks
  • Charging station for devices
  • Board games

Kino Services Center

2797 E Ajo Way, Tucson, AZ 85713

Open: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on holidays

  • Resource navigation for people experiencing homelessness
  • Reusable water bottles and sunscreen

Primavera Foundation Resource Center

702 South 6th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Courtyard opens at 8:30 a.m.
Water available Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., and pet friendly

  • Mail service
  • Hygiene items
  • Use of computers and phones
  • Bathrooms
  • Case management
  • ID and BC assistance
  • Housing assessments

Varying times throughout each month:

  • Healthcare services
  • Pet supplies
  • Community Food Bank food boxes
  • Snacks

Primavera Men's Shelter (Men Only)

Unaccompanied men age 18+ only

200 East Benson Highway, Tucson, AZ 85716

Open: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, 9 a.m. - noon

  • Pet friendly
  • Hygiene items
  • Bathrooms
  • Charging station
  • Pet food
  • Sack lunches to go
  • Snacks and water
  • Shelter screenings

Primavera Foundation, Casa Paloma (Women Only)

Unaccompanied women age 18+ only

Address undisclosed, Speedway/I-10 area

Open: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - noon, Saturday, 9 a.m. - noon

  • Food and water
  • Sack lunches to go
  • Hygiene items
  • Use of computers and phones
  • Charging station
  • Bathrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Case management
  • Lockers
  • Housing assessments
  • Shelter screenings

At varying times throughout the month:

  • Healthcare services
  • Pet supplies
  • Snacks and more

Sister José Women's Center (Women Only)

Women only, 30 maximum

1050 South Park Avenue, Tucson AZ 85719

Open: Monday - Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. 

  • Indoor heat relief
  • Pet friendly
  • Activities
  • Water and snacks
  • Case management

Rio Nuevo One Stop

320 North Commerce Park Loop, Tucson, AZ 85745

Open: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., closed on holidays

  • Resource navigation for people experiencing homelessness
  • Reusable water bottles and sunscreen

Salvation Army Hospitality House

1002 North Main Avenue

Open: Monday - Sunday, noon - 5 p.m.

  • Snacks and water
  • Hot sack lunch
  • Showers
  • Laundry

St. Francis Shelter (Ward 3 Community Room)

1510 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85719 

Open: Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Sack lunch
  • Snacks, water, and gatorade
  • Various hygiene supplies
  • T-shirts, socks, and underwear (supplies limited)

On certain days of the week, following services are offered:

  • Mondays: Medical and wound care from volunteer nurses
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays: Resource navigation and services from City of Tucson Housing First staff

View the 2024 Summer Sun Cooling Station Flyer from TPCH (English and Spanish)

Beat the Heat: Pima County Heat Relief Resources