Special Populations

Homeless Support and Services

Supports local non-profits working with at risk and homeless populations throughout Pima County.

Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP) Years: 2009 to 2012

Funded under U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development through the American Reinvestment
and Recovery Act (ARRA) - Collaborative Program that included the following Entities and Organizations:

City of Tucson   CODAC Behavioral Health  Symmetric Solutions
Pima County  Southern Arizona Legal Aid  Bowman Systems
Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation  Money Management International  Leslie Carlson & Joanne Basta
Primavera Foundation  Non-Profit Industries  


Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS (HOPWA)

Pima County's HOPWA program is designed to create a continuum of care for people who are low-income and HIVFor more information please contact
John Matheny
Program Coordinator
(520) 724-8779
positive, and their families, by filling gaps in both housing and services in Tucson and Pima County. This is achieved through three key components undertaken in partnership with local organizations: transitional housing; long-term rent subsidies, and support and referral services through intensive case management. 

HOPWA was established by HUD in order to address the specific needs of persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. HOPWA makes grants to local communities, States, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons medically diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and their families.

Funding for HOPWA comes from the HOPWA Competitive Program, a national competition to select model projects or programs. Ten percent of available HOPWA funds are awarded as grants during a competitive selection of projects proposed by State, city, and local governments or by nonprofit organizations. HOPWA Competitive Program grants may be awarded to existing grants as renewals or to new projects.

Positive Directions

In Pima County, the project is called Positive Directions, a collaborative effort of Pima County and two project sponsors: the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), and the City of Tucson. The project is designed to create a continuum of care for people who are low-income and HIV positive, and their families, by filling gaps in both housing and services in Tucson and Pima County.

Recognizing the importance of stable housing, the two primary goals of the Positive Directions project are:
• To increase independence through subsidized, supportive housing.
• To maximize self-sufficiency through intensive, personalized services.

The project addresses these through three key components: transitional housing; long-term rent subsidies, and support and referral services through intensive case management.

The services offered are based on priorities established by the County HIV Care Consortium. The project provides needed housing and support services under the Continuum of Care plan in connection with other transitional and permanent housing, as well as programs offering services for low-income persons.

For eligibility requirements or to make an appointment, please contact:

Southern Arizona Aids Foundation (SAAF)
saaf.org/ 375 S. Euclid Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85719
(520) 628-SAAF (7223)
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Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation

2797 E. Ajo Way
Tucson, AZ 85713

Phone: (520) 724-3777
Fax: (520) 724-6796 

Pima County Housing Center (El Banco)

801 W. Congress St.
Tucson, AZ 85745

(520) 724-2460


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