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

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.

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