Homeless veterans find housing options through local resources - Tucson News Now

Homeless veterans find housing options through local resources

Source: Primavera website Source: Primavera website
  • Most ReadMost ReadMore>>

  • UPDATE: Two shot, one dead, at post-wedding party

    UPDATE: Two shot, one dead, at post-wedding party

    Sunday, May 28 2017 3:23 PM EDT2017-05-28 19:23:16 GMT
    Police taped off part of E 32nd Street to investigate a deadly shooting early Sunday morning (Source: TPD).Police taped off part of E 32nd Street to investigate a deadly shooting early Sunday morning (Source: TPD).

    Police responded to several reports of a shooting early Sunday morning in a neighborhood near Park Avenue and East Silverlake Road. Officers found two men shot in the 1100 block of East 32nd Street just after 1:30 a.m. on May 28, according to a release from Tucson Police Department.

    Police responded to several reports of a shooting early Sunday morning in a neighborhood near Park Avenue and East Silverlake Road. Officers found two men shot in the 1100 block of East 32nd Street just after 1:30 a.m. on May 28, according to a release from Tucson Police Department.

  • About Tucson News Now

    About Us

    About Tucson News Now Tucson News Now is the Internet home for KOLD, the CBS affiliate in Tucson and KMSB, the FOX affiliate in Tucson. On Feb. 1, 2012, Raycom Media, Inc., which owns KOLD and the Belo

    Learn more about Tucson News Now.

  • Closed captioning information

    Closed captioning information

    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT
    Tuesday, March 22 2016 4:07 PM EDT2016-03-22 20:07:47 GMT

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

    FCC rules require broadcast stations to make sure that complaints about closed captioning can be easily made, and addressed in a timely manner. Station point of contact information for immediate concerns

Tucson's homeless and struggling veterans have resources available to help them find a place to live.

The ongoing efforts of the Project for Veterans program, led by Tucson-based non-profit Primavera Foundation, has already provided permanent housing for 554 veteran households since the program's inception two and a half years ago.

The program, which is funded by grant money, also keeps struggling veterans and their families from being evicted from their homes.

The resource could not have been more helpful for a local veteran who experienced sudden hardships that threatened his ability to pay his rent.

John Smith, a U.S. Army veteran who served in Iraq in 2007 to 2010, returned to his hometown in Tucson after being injured in combat.

Earlier this year, he was laid off from his job in customer service at an auto shop after missing work in order to be with his wife at the hospital, Smith said.

He found a new job as a groundskeeper but had to miss additional days of work when his 8-month-old daughter fell ill with a kidney infection. Smith himself was recovering from a recent car accident.

Smith could not pay rent and received an eviction notice from his apartment complex.

His wife contacted Primavera about the Project for Veterans program and through their help, managed to gain enough funds to stay in their apartment.

"These programs are out there and they're only here to help you. They can't hurt you, they can't do anything else but help. All you have to do is ask," Smith said.

Smith and his family regularly attend weekly meetings hosted by La Frontera on Broadway Boulevard to look into other resources that can help them get back on their feet.

So far this year, Primavera Foundation has provided housing for 135 veteran households, with the goal of housing 150 by the end of the year.

Copyright 2014 Tucson News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Local newsMore>>

  • TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    TUCSON'S TOP 3: What you need to know to start your day

    Monday, May 29 2017 7:58 AM EDT2017-05-29 11:58:01 GMT
    Police taped off part of E 32nd Street to investigate a deadly shooting early Sunday morning (Source: TPD).Police taped off part of E 32nd Street to investigate a deadly shooting early Sunday morning (Source: TPD).

    Good morning! We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today.

    Good morning! We're getting your day started with top stories you may have missed, plus other headlines you need to be following today.

  • Arizona softball's season ends after 6-5 loss to Baylor

    Arizona softball's season ends after 6-5 loss to Baylor

    Monday, May 29 2017 1:59 AM EDT2017-05-29 05:59:54 GMT
    Source: KOLDSource: KOLD

    The University of Arizona Softball team lost 6-5 to Baylor on Sunday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson. The loss ends the Wildcats' season as they have been knocked out of the 2017 Women's College World Series in the super regional round. 

    The University of Arizona Softball team lost 6-5 to Baylor on Sunday evening at Rita Hillenbrand Memorial Stadium in Tucson. 

  • HAPPENING NOW: Water main break closes part of Mission road

    HAPPENING NOW: Water main break closes part of Mission road

    Monday, May 29 2017 12:30 AM EDT2017-05-29 04:30:20 GMT
    Source: Tucson WaterSource: Tucson Water

    A water main break closes a stretch of road on the southwest side. Tucson Water says northbound lanes on Mission road near Ajo Way will be closed while crews respond to the break. 

    A water main break closes a stretch of road on the southwest side. Tucson Water says northbound lanes on Mission road near Ajo Way will be closed while crews respond to the break. 

Powered by Frankly