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  • Arizona Department of Housing awards $2 million to Pima County, partner agencies to assist homeless

    Apr 12, 2017 | Read More News
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    Pima County’s Sullivan Jackson Employment Center (SJEC), Compass Affordable Housing (CAH), and Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) have been awarded a one-year grant from the Arizona Department of Housing for rapid rehousing and bridge housing for 70 homeless families in Pima County, ADOH officials announced at an April 12 press conference. The Pima County award is part of an overall award of $2 million from the state housing trust fund to Primavera, Our Family Services and Community Bridges Inc.

    SJEC is a program of Pima County’s Community Services, Employment and Training Department.
    Sharon Bronson
    The focus populations are veterans, families with children who are homeless, families who are homeless, and all others who are homeless in Pima County.

    Michael Trailor, director of the Arizona Department of Housing, praised Pima County’s use of the coordinated entry system to move individuals out of “the chaos of homelessness.”

    Sharon Bronson, chair of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, thanked ADOH and Pima County’s partner agencies on their collaboration.

    “If we’re going to solve problems, we’re going to do it locally,” she said. 

    District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías applauded the partner agencies with whom the County has worked over the years on homeless initiatives.

    “I can’t say enough about these nonprofits who do this work,” Elias said. “Rapid rehousing is absolutely critical for our homeless population and we have to continue getting better at creating these programs to assist our homeless population.”
     
    The collaboration between SJEC, CAH, and OPCS will draw on years of experience and diversified resources to create a system that will help these households. The collaboration also brings significant connections to mainstream resources, the use of the coordinated entry system, and case management that emphasizes self-reliance and follow-up care.
     
    Compass’s Rapid Rehousing program allows the partnership to move families who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless into housing, while Old Pueblo’s Bridge housing will be used for those awaiting permanent housing. These approaches address key system gaps that challenge local efforts to end homelessness.
     
    Heads of households and others will have immediate access to Sullivan Jackson Employment Center’s Job Offer Academy, a short-term intensive program that, since 1986, has helped thousands of homeless job-seekers enter employment and housing. The program is part of Pima Michael TrailorCounty’s ARIZONA@WORK system, also known as the One-Stop workforce development system, which brings additional training opportunities to job-seekers. Clients will access the program through the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness and its coordinated entry system, with intakes conducted by SJEC. 
     
    Compass Affordable Housing will focus on providing rapid re-housing to homeless households and prevention for households who are at risk of becoming homeless. The target population to be served includes households with children and households transitioning from homelessness, all of whom are without housing and financial resources or support. 
     
    Old Pueblo Community Services will provide five units of bridge housing in the central Tucson area to homeless individuals awaiting permanent housing. Residents will reside in this housing for a maximum of 30 days. During their stay, residents will be provided with case management, navigation, and other supportive services. 

    OPCS will serve 40 households annually. Clients going into bridge housing will have already gone through coordinated entry and the homelessness verification process. OPCS has a Housing Quality Standards inspector available to approve prospective housing so persons can rapidly move into permanent housing. All clients will be provided the appropriate support services and/or referrals to enable them to be successful in transitioning to permanent housing.


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