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The U.S. HUD department recently awarded a $4.5 million grant to stop homelessness among Tucson and Pima County youth.

TUCSON, AZ – Tucson and Pima County homeless youth will soon have more housing options resulting from a $4.5 million U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant award. The grant aims to aid community efforts to stop youth homelessness throughout Pima County and in the city of Tucson. The community was chosen in addition to 22 other communities nationwide as part of a $75 million grant program.

The grant will be used to fund several housing options for Pima County homeless younger than age 25. The Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (TPCH), which helped more than 1,200 homeless area youth from 2017 to 2018, will run the award. The organization is a coalition of nonprofits, local government agencies, community volunteers, businesses and local residents who have been homeless.

TPCH’s lead agency is the City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development department, which will work closely with the organization in charge of the project’s coordination, Our Family Services. “For years, our community has imagined what it might look like to have no young people living on the streets. For the first time, we will have the resources we need to make that vision a reality,” said Our Family Services CEO Beth Morrison in a press release.

A comprehensive plan for stopping Tucson and Pima County youth homelessness will be developed during the next few months, as TPCH works with schools, nonprofits, local businesses, workforce programs, child welfare agencies and area youth who have been homeless. The project is expected to launch more youth housing services within the next year throughout Pima County, the City of Tucson reported.