Homelessness

"For too long, we have sought to manage homelessness. It is time we shift our approach toward ending homelessness. We know that homelessness has a solution - and that solution has always been housing."

-Liz Morales, Director, City of Tucson Housing and Community Development

 

Homelessness causes devastating impacts on the lives and to the wellbeing of the individuals and families who experience it. Addressing homelessness by providing housing and social services is not just the right thing to do, it also reduces demand on law enforcement, emergency health services, and other City services, saving City tax dollars. The City of Tucson is taking bold action to address the crisis of homelessness using a shared strategy involving multiple City departments and countless community not-for-profit and faith-based partners.

 

Learn more about the City's work to end homelessness

Understanding the Crisis

Addressing the Crisis

Housing First

Our Plan Forward

 


Help for People Experiencing Homelessness

 

211 Arizona

211 Arizona offers information and referral to community resources that can help with rental assistance, shelter, legal services, transportation, food, childcare, treatment services, and other needs. Dial 2-1-1 from any Arizona phone number or visit www.211arizona.org.  

Tucson/Pima Coordinated Entry System

Tucson/Pima Coordinated Entry System provides assessment and referral to crisis and long-term housing services at a number of community agencies. Visit www.tpch.net/coordinatedentry for more information or to request an assessment.  

City of Tucson

City of Tucson Homeless Outreach Team provides basic needs assistance and help accessing shelter, housing, and supportive services for people experiencing homelessness in unsheltered environments. 

Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness Resource List

Emergency Shelter and Other Services are available throughout the community to meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness. Visit www.tpch.net/resources to download a list of shelter and other resources for people experiencing homelessness.  

El Rio

El Rio Community Health Center Healthcare for the Homeless Program provides medical and behavioral health services for people experiencing homelessness.  Visit www.elrio.org for more information or to sign up as a patient. 


Learn More About Homelessness

Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness, host of the annual Everyone Counts! Point in Time Count, is a great source of data and information about homelessness in the Tucson area. Visit www.tpch.net

Annual Reports on Homelessness in Tucson/Pima County 

2020 Community Data Report and Update on Homelessness in Pima County, Arizona  

Provide Help or Volunteer 

United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona helps connect Tucsonans with volunteer opportunities in agencies throughout the city. Visit https://volunteer.unitedwaytucson.org/.  


Report a Homeless Camp (Encampment)

Report an Encampment on Public Property (Parks, Bike Paths, etc.) 

The City is following CDC recommendations to not disband homeless encampments on public property during the COVID-19 pandemic unless the encampment poses a safety or health risk.  If you observe an encampment on public property, email homelessprotocol@tucsonaz.gov so a member of the City’s homeless outreach teams can survey the location, connect people experiencing homelessness to services, and address any health or safety risks at the site.