Old Pueblo adheres to Housing First principals across all levels of housing offered. Housing First means ending homelessness by providing long-term homeless individuals with dignified, supportive housing, without barriers such as pets or partners or active addictions, so they are no longer living on the streets or in shelters. People experiencing long-term homelessness have myriad vulnerabilities. They suffer from complex health and mental health disabilities that are essentially impossible to address amidst the chaos of homelessness.
Housing First is ending this tragedy for our community’s most long-term homeless by placing people in housing first. It embraces the powerful belief that by removing the chaos of living on the streets or in shelters, vulnerable individuals engage in services and go on to live stable independent lives. It means that once housed, individuals can connect with health care providers and case managers, engage in support groups, establish routines, build relationships with friends and family, and move on to more independent living; decreasing their need for services over time.
OPCS operates several Supportive Housing Programs, each designed to meet the specific needs of:
- Individuals and/or families who are chronically homeless;
- Veterans who are both homeless and disabled and/or 62 years of age or older;
- Individuals who are homeless with a disabling condition; or
- Individuals who are homeless with a primary diagnosis of substance use disorders.
Individuals and families are identified and assessed using the Vulnerability Index - Service Prioritization and Decision Assessment Tool (VI SPDAT), the HUD recommended assessment which ensures that the most vulnerable are the first to be offered safe housing. In some cases, referrals are required.
Residents work with a Housing Navigator to locate apartments located at scattered sites throughout the Tucson area. Apartments range from studio, to one or two bedrooms apartments. Additional services are made available to help residents remain in housing and may include case management, individual and/or group counseling and employment services.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:
Supportive Housing Manager