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Old hotel turned into center for homeless

TUCSON – According to Pima County data from 2018, there are roughly 400 homeless people sleeping outside in Tucson and more than 1,000 others in local shelters.

A new facility is opening up that will help shelter some of them.

It is called the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity. The old Holiday Inn near Irvington and Palo Verde roads has been transformed into a one-stop-shop for homeless and low-income families.

“Well right now I’m at the Gospel Rescue Mission on Miracle Mile,” said Sarah Ruiz.

Ruiz struggled with drug abuse and put herself in the shelter to get help.

“Took me a couple months to realize that doing it on my own wasn’t going to help,” said Ruiz. “So I went and I just called and I kept calling and they gave me a bed.”

Now, Ruiz is one year clean and about to move into the H.S. Lopez Family Foundation Center of Opportunity.

The Center of Opportunity will help many others like Sarah. It opens in June and will provide more than 300 shelter beds and 1,000 meals a day.

Kendra Hall

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