Tucson Close to Ending Veterans Homelessness

Through an initiative launched by the City of Tucson and other local agencies in 2013, about 1,200 formerly-homeless veterans now have permanent housing. There are still 442 to go, but Mayor Jonathan Rothschild expects them all to be in apartments by the end of the year.

“If we work diligently over the next four months, we’re on pace to make our goal,” Rothschild said. “Based on our experience from the last 27-28 months and given the additional focus, we should be there.”

The Homeless Management Information System in Pima County tracks information gathered from an annual community effort in January that sends outreach teams to washes, shelters, and other places where homeless people live.

The initiative is part of the Obama administration’s Mayors Challenge to End Veterans Homelessness, a combined effort of HUD, the VA, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and local agencies in cities across the country. Mayor Rothschild's office says efforts to help veterans find housing eventually could lead to helping other chronically-homeless in Tucson.

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