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Construction underway for new Salvation Army Hospitality House

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KOLD News 13's Dan Marries served as the Master of Ceremonies for Thursday's civic luncheon. KOLD News 13's Dan Marries served as the Master of Ceremonies for Thursday's civic luncheon.
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There are a lot of people working hard to help those without a home. Many of them gathered at the Salvation Army shelter in midtown on Thursday for a civic luncheon to honor the Tucson Foundations for its generous support of the brand-new Hospitality House that's currently under construction.

The current shelter off Speedway is old and falling apart and leaders from Tucson's Salvation Army say it would cost $7.5-million to rebuild it.

Homelessness is a problem in Tucson. According to a new report released by the Census Bureau, Tucson ranked "sixth-poorest" of U.S. cities. Tucson's poverty rate is 20% compared to the national average of 16%.

With the dilapidated shelter just getting worse and more expensive to upkeep, the decision was made to build a brand-new Hospitality House. Shawna Kroh, public relations director, says, "the existing Hospitality House, which opened in 1964, is a 91-bed facility that operates nonstop to house, feed and serve the homeless population. However, time and traffic has taken a toll on the building, and the division determined that the changing population and community needs warranted a new shelter that could better assist its clients."

Not only will it be much bigger, more modern, and able to house single men with children, it will be cheaper to build new than to remodel the old. The new Hospitality House is projected to cost $7.2 million-dollars and the Salvation Army is turning to the community for help in raising the construction funds.

Kroh says, "the new shelter is projected to be one of Tucson's largest homeless shelters, and will replace the existing one. The goal is to provide safe shelter, food, and support services, as well as offer an avenue towards self-sufficiency. The shelter will provide a 109-bed facility, two family units, and veteran and special needs programs."

The Salvation Army says homeless women, men, and families will find caring, compassion, and hope for the future at the new Hospitality House.

The Salvation Army has served the Tucson community since 1893. 100% of every cent donated to the local Salvation Army stays in Tucson to help people in need here at home.

Click here to learn more about the Hospitality House Fundraising Campaign and how you can help the Salvation Army that helps so many in our community. 

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