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The American Rescue Plan included $10 billion to reduce homelessness nationally for veterans and nonveterans alike, and the American Jobs Plan invested $213 billion to create more affordable housing.

Homelessness disproportionately affects veterans, but the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that a variety of efforts to help veterans find housing has resulted in the rate dropping 11% in the past three years nationwide and more than 50% since 2010. Read more»

Protestors, including members of People's Defense Initiative, hold signs against gentrification and rising rent costs during a Tucson City Council meeting on July 12, 2022.

Tucson-based homeless advocacy groupsh have asked a federal judge to block Tucson police from park "sweeps," when officers forcibly remove people sleeping in parks or camps in washes, citing concerns about possible plans before the yearly Gem and Mineral Show. Read more»

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Apartments in Downtown Tucson are among the few that accept federal Section 8 housing vouchers in Tucson.

The city of Tucson will close the pre-application period for public housing and Section 8 voucher waitlists Monday night, giving people a final weekend to submit applications. Read more»

In January 2020, the number of people experiencing homelessness in the state was nearly 11,000 and by Dec. 2021, the number was  estimated to have increased by nearly 30%, according to the Arizona Department of Economic Security. 

A pair of bills proposed by Fountain Hills Republican John Kavanagh that would criminalize common activities for people experiencing homelessness had their first hearings in the Arizona Senate Wednesday, although their path to becoming law remains unclear. Read more»

Although rents in the state had started dropping slightly by late last year, homelessness in Arizona is still on the rise as housing remains unaffordable for many. 

Democratic lawmakers in the Arizona House of Representatives are looking to pass a suite of housing bills that aim to help renters weather the ongoing housing crisis, but their proposals have detractors in the state’s powerful landlord lobby.  Read more»

"Barring a miracle from nature, it will likely get worse before it gets better. This should be a wake-up call for all of us, because it will take all of us to solve it." — Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs Read more»

The 2023 Tucson housing survey will help area community services address homelessness. It needs volunteers for a Jan. 25 count.

The Tucson-Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness is seeking 300 volunteers to fan out around the Tucson area on the morning of Jan. 25 and survey those without a permanent roof over their heads. Read more»

"While homelessness itself is not a crime, those living on the streets are causing much of the vandalism, theft, drug dealing and use, public indecency, physical attacks, and other illicit and illegal behaviors." — Supervisor Steve Christy Read more»

Rendering of an American Battery Factory pop-up operation. The Utah start-up business wants to build a plant in Tucson and is set to receive local incentives.

A combination of city and county incentives would help land an American Battery Factory plant in Tucson — with a forecast of 1,000 jobs at a $1.1 billion plant. But the deal might remind some of the World View situation. Read more»

Pima County will build a temporary shelter with in-house social services as a way of offering "some relief" to Tucson business owners who have been complaining about homeless people using drugs, acting violently and discouraging customers from their stores. Read more»

Water will be one of the supplies available at Pima County's newly opened heat respite center on Ajo Way.

Pima County opened a new heat respite center Monday, adding to the nearly three dozen local facilities providing a cool place for those who need to escape the triple-digit heat. Read more»

Tucson has created a 24/7 telephone line for those facing homelessness, to provide information about available assistance programs, such as shelters, food banks, and more. Read more»

We have many disused old motels here in Tucson, so we have an opportunity to buy more properties like the Wildcat Inn. If we’ve got a million and a half dollars to spend, I’d much rather buy one of those that spend it on a temporary solution such as a sanctioned camping area. Read more»

The pandemic brought a windfall in rental assistance in Pima County, but as COVID-19 winds down, so will that aid. The local housing crisis hasn't ended, and community workers, government officials and tenants alike say rent hikes will mean spikes in the number of homeless people here. Read more»

More states are allowing certain residents to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals.

In the past two years, six states, Including Arizona, have opted in to the little-used federal Restaurant Meals Program that allows older adults, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals. Read more»

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