Dragonfly Village fills a gap

Dragonfly Village fills a gap

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Dragonfly Village took eight years to complete, from idea to grand opening.

It the latest addition to the Amity Foundation which is committed to helping those who either can't help themselves or have a difficult time helping themselves.

The homeless, substance abuses, victims of domestic violence and the poor now have a place to go to call home, at least temporarily.

Dragonfly Village on Tucson's far east side is a complex of 30 apartments, from studio to four bedroom.

"They will have an actual home with nice furniture and other amenities," said Ray Clarke, who is on the Dragonfly Village Board. "We will provide that."

But it goes far beyond a roof other their heads.

"Being able to take steps and go forward with dignity in a safe environment," Clarke said.

That's the hope of Regina Salaz Campbell who is expecting her first child in February.

She and her husband have been fighting a heroin addiction for the past two years and have applied to live in Dragonfly.

"Being accountable is not something in my past that I have done well," she said. "What we've done to our families, it's been hard but it's really nice to see hope for our future."

She echoes Clarke.

"Not having to worry about outside sources interfering with our recovery, knowing everyone here has the same mentality, having the same goal of long term sobriety," she said.

Residents who are accepted will be allowed to stay up to two years before they must transition out, hopefully to permanent housing.

"It's a time to develop those skills that you may be missing so that when you do get to permanent housing you will be successful and be able to keep it and stay there," Clarke said.

The housing will be subsidized but many will be required to pay 30% of their annual earnings towards the rent.

Services will be provided on site but for some, transportation will be provided if they need to go elsewhere to get what they need.

The project cost $5.3 million and there is still the daunting task of raising money for upkeep, maintenance, utilities and insurance.

Residents need not be from Tucson. Amity serves people who come from all over the world.

But Dragonfly Village is best thought of as serving an area of Tucson which is under served.

"It's one less thing they have to worry about, it's one more thing they can be proud about and of of the things to help get on to a better life," Clarke said.

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