TUCSON – Pima County Administration has committed $1.5 million annually for the next two years to approach homelessness in the community, the county announced Thursday.
According to Pima County, the 2-year pilot program, “Housing First,” will house 150 individuals. They say their goal is to improve their physical, mental, and social well-being, while “reducing criminal justice and healthcare system costs and strain.”
The County’s Criminal Justice Reform Unit will work with Old Pueblo Community Services (OPCS) and Intermountain Centers to administer the program and provide medical and mental health assistance, the county said.
The county also partnered with RAND Corporation, an organization who evaluates similar housing programs, and Corporation for Supportive Housing to provide technical assistance.
Who qualifies for this program?
- People who are currently homeless.
- People who have a substance use or a mental health issue.
- People who have been booked into Pima County Jail at least twice in the previous 12 months.
According to a news release, the City of Tucson “contributed Housing Choice Vouchers that will cover the cost of housing 150 people.”
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