HOMELESS FAMILY SERVICES
For more than 60 years Our Family has been on the front lines working to solve Tucson’s most important social issues. Despite our relatively small size, we continue to serve as the backbone of our community’s safety net for homeless youth and families. We offer safe and stable homes for nearly 250 homeless children, youth, and parents each night.
Nicole is just one of the single mothers who escaped homelessness last year with help from Our Family Services. When she came to us, Nicole was homeless and unable to shelter her infant daughter. Soon, Nicole was able to move into a home of her own and was reunited with her baby. Together they thrived and, when she left the program, Nicole was maintaining stable employment and had re-enrolled in school.
*Name has been changed to protect client confidentiality
Our Family Services’ Housing programs provide emergency shelter and rapid re-housing for families experiencing homelessness. Each of our housing programs includes intensive case management and provides job search guidance. Homeless individuals, couples, and families live in apartments of their choosing throughout the community and work closely with their case manager to develop family goal plans that identify short- and long-term objectives with timelines for overcoming barriers to self-sufficiency. Prioritization is given to families with minor children in their custody and specialized services are offered for veteran families. Limited funds are also available to help low-income families avoid homelessness.
Our Family participates in the community-wide Coordinated Entry assessment and referral system to fill openings in our homeless housing programs. That system includes a general assessment of housing needs and resources and prioritizes completing VI-SPDAT (Vulnerability Index – Service Prioritization Decision Assistance Tool) assessment application tools for households that:
- are literally homeless (on streets, in vehicle, at emergency shelter, etc.); or
- are in a dangerous situation (e.g., trafficking, high-risk domestic violence, etc.)
Such households complete the VI-SPDAT assessment application tool and the HMIS system consent form.
To initiate an assessment of housing resources and options, please visit our Bellevue office during our drop-in hours:
3830 E. Bellevue Street
Tucson, Arizona 85712
Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursdays 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.