Winter Shelter Program

Tucson Planning Council For The Homeless

C/O Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless
Tucson, Arizona 85716

Phone: (520) 745-9443

The goal of Tucson's Winter Shelter Program is to expand the number of shelter beds in Tucson during the cold months to protect the health and safety of people who are homeless.  The Winter Shelter Program runs from November 15 to March 31 and has three components: Operation Deep FreezeProject Hospitality and One Step Beyond.  A Clothing Bank and winter coat drive round out the services.

  • Operation Deep Freeze is an emergency plan for opening overflow shelters to provide beds for all persons in need on nights when the temperature drops to 35 degrees or to 40 degrees with precipitation. There are no requirements to have a T.B. card to come in to shelter---all are welcome. The Salvation Army Hospitality House, 1021 N. 11th Avenue, just south of Speedway, serves as an intake facility beginning at 3 p.m. Sun Tran provides transportation to one or more overflow shelters until everyone has a place to stay. An onsite medical clinic performs basic medical triage, and those who need further treatment are transported to care. Intoxicated clients are routed to special detox beds at Compass Health Care. Youth on their own who are under 18 years old should call Our Family Services at 1-800-537-8696 for information about a youth shelter.
  • Project Hospitality is a volunteer-driven program in which local religious congregations coordinated by Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless provide beds at their facilities on a prescheduled, rotating basis. Project Hospitality operates from November 28 through February 28. All clients must agree to work on case plans with case managers from any one of a number of participating agencies, and everyone must have a T.B. card. Call (520) 622-5411 to be linked with a case manager.  Congregations contribute shelter, food, transportation and socialization.
  • One Step Beyond is a congregation-based, extended-stay program for selected participants working on intensive treatment plans or pre-employment training.
  • A Clothing Bank sponsored by Primavera Foundation may be used by clients of Winter Shelter Program.

For further information about any of these programs, telephone Salvation Army Hospitality House, (520) 622-5411 or Interfaith Coalition for the Homeless (520) 745-9443.