Tucson Homeless Work Program To Begin December 1

The Tucson Homeless Work Program, a collaboration of several nonprofit agencies, will partner on an effort to provide work opportunities to homeless persons and connect them with services to move them out of homelessness.  The Tucson Change Movement, an effort to raise funds for homeless services, also will be discussed.

Since October 2015, Tucson Ward 5 Councilmember Richard Fimbres has hosted monthly meetings on the topic of homelessness and Tucson and Pima County’s efforts on the issue. Two ideas came from these meetings: the Tucson Change Movement and the Tucson Homeless Work Program.

The Tucson Change Movement is a merchant-driven initiative to raise funds for homeless programs and services based on similar models in Denver and Los Angeles. The Tucson Homeless Work Program is based upon a similar program launched in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Both programs will be operated outside of government to give them maximum flexibility to achieve goals of their respective missions. The Tucson Change Movement designated as their flagship program to fund, the Tucson Homeless Work Program.

During the pilot phase of the program, the Tucson Homeless Work Program will use  metrics to gauge effectiveness, including: Enrollment in permanent housing, number of people entering permanent work, number of unduplicated workers, number of hours worked, miles of roadway cleaned, estimated pounds of trash removed from city and number of persons who moved out of homelessness.