Helping People
Find Their Way Home

Old Pueblo Community Services began in 1996, with one home and a mission to provide safe and affordable housing for persons leaving prison homeless.  Within a short time, OPCS had become a reputable, supportive environment for men needing a Second Chance. Based on that reputation, OPCS grew from that one house to over ten recovery communities and numerous scattered site apartment units.  This included the addition of reentry housing with employment supports funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in 2002, and Veteran housing and services through contracts with the Southern Arizona Veterans Administration in 2005.

OPCS obtained behavioral health outpatient licensure in 2007, and started providing housing and treatment services for Veterans experiencing chronic homelessness and mental health conditions.  This work grew to outpatient addiction treatment and behavioral health services for persons leaving institutions homeless, or living on the streets.

In 2013 OPCS formally adopted the Housing First approach to ending chronic homelessness in Tucson.  Since that time we have opened over 100 low barrier bridge housing and shelter units for persons who with the highest need and vulnerability, but are not able to enter traditional high barrier shelters.

Today OPCS provides safe affordable housing options to approximately 400 persons every day.  This includes site based communities with onsite case management and behavioral health supports, as well as individual permanent housing units scattered throughout Pima County.  We employ a team of approximately 80 staff who assist approximately 2,000 persons per year, with over 500 moving into permanent housing each year.

In the next few years we look forward to expanding our reach into a larger inventory of affordable housing, and emerging  as the community leader of evidence based Housing First  approaches to ending homelessness in Pima County.

MISSION STATEMENT

When people face homelessness, Old Pueblo Community Services offers housing, counseling and support services to help them transform their lives.

VISION STATEMENT

We envision a future in which all have the opportunity to reside in safe affordable housing and live meaningful, self-defined, dignified lives, as part of a healthy, inclusive community.

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Old Pueblo Community Services does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex including discrimination based on pregnancy, gender identity or sex stereotyping.

Old Pueblo Community Services no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, edad, discapacidad, o sexo en particular la discriminación basada en el embarazo, identidad de género o estereotipos sexuales.

Core Values

Empathy

We have a deep compassion for persons experiencing homelessness in our community. We do not judge or blame persons for their current condition. Under similar conditions, any one of us could find ourselves without a home and in need of help. 

Integrity

We act in an honest and transparent manner. We hold each other accountable to high performance standards that lead to the best outcomes for our clients. We encourage each employee and team to reach their highest potential. 

Choice

We honor each person’s right to choose their own path to wellness. Because of this, we offer both housing and recovery support based on client choice.

Quality

We believe that our clients deserve the best housing, therapy and support services we can offer. We provide housing that is safe, clean, inviting and supportive.  Our counseling services are innovative and proven to increase wellness and housing stability. 

Optimism

We believe in the potential for all persons to achieve their goals. We find our work meaningful and enjoyable because we know we make a difference. We believe that we can solve the problem of chronic homelessness facing our community.