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by Carolyn Classen, blogger


(AUGUST 15-16, 2022)

“Join the City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department and Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness for a two-day community strategy session to guide our shared efforts to address unsheltered homelessness in the Tucson area.

This two-day session will include community updates on local data, initiatives, and efforts to address homelessness followed by a series of smaller group meetings to develop specific action plans and identify resource and capacity needs related to unsheltered homelessness in the Tucson area.

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Why Host a Community Forum Now?

The key objectives of the forum are two-fold:

Igniting a FUSE to Address the Needs of Individuals and Families with Severe Service Needs TPCH and the City of Tucson HCD are working closely with Corporation to Supportive Housing to launch a Frequent User System Engagement (FUSE) initiative aimed at rapidly housing individuals and families with severe service needs to reduce cost and trauma associated with recurrent episodes of homelessness, incarceration, and emergency services. This forum will serve as a launch of the FUSE initiative and opportunity to align health, housing, supportive service, and other resources to help these prioritized households access and maintain permanent housing.

Outlining a Coordinated Community Plan to Address the Growing Rates of Unsheltered Homelessness, Particularly Among Individuals and Families with Severe Service Needs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has released an unprecedented funding opportunity to address unsheltered homelessness. Local and state governments have additionally experienced infusions of new federal resources to support the transition of unsheltered persons to temporary and permanent housing. This session will allow Tucson area stakeholders to identify and align resources, community priorities, and strategies to address unsheltered homelessness, particularly among individuals and families with severe service needs.

Event Agenda

The two-day community forum will include public events and smaller stakeholder meetings aimed at launching the TPCH and City of Tucson HCD FUSE initiative, and determining longer-term strategies and priorities for addressing unsheltered homelessness locally.

Monday, August 15

  • 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Introduction, Data Overview, FUSE Initiative, and Current Initiatives (Public Session)
  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Breakout A): FUSE Small Group Planning Cohorts (By Invitation)
  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Breakout B): TPCH System Modeling for Unsheltered Persons with Severe Service Needs (TPCH Members)

Tuesday, August 16

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Breakout A): FUSE Small Group Planning Cohorts (By Invitation)
  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m. (Breakout B): TPCH Planning Session – Strategies and Priorities to Address Unsheltered Homelessness (TPCH Members)
  • 2 p.m-4 p.m. Presentation of Community Strategies and Forum Results (Public Session)
RSVP to Attend In Person

Can’t attend in person? Public sessions will be livestreamed on City of Tucson HCD YouTube Channel.

Questions? Please email tpch@tucsonaz.gov.”

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