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Affordable Housing Now

Over 3,000 older adults remain on years-long waiting lists for subsidized housing in Tucson and surrounding areas. The Affordable Housing Initiative for Older Adults attempts to identify barriers, make recommendations, and identify best practices that can lead to more innovative housing options for our region.

Affordable Housing Resources

Alternative Housing for Older Adults Seminar Series

AARP, United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona, Elder Alliance, Tucson Housing Foundation, and Community Foundation of Southern Arizona are hosting the first of three Older Adult Alternative Housing Seminars. The aim is to introduce cohousing developments, their benefits, and costs to stimulate potential projects in Pima County. Tucson currently has three cohousing neighborhoods: Milagro Cohousing, Stone Curves Cohousing, and Sonora Cohousing.

 

2021 Affordable Housing Summit

  • Mayor Romero Opening Remarks (video)
  • Presentations & Speaker Bios
  • Stakeholder Listening Sessions

Aging in Place

Our growing population of older adults wish to age “in place” – in the community, not in an institution. This goal relies on stable housing. Given the mismatch between housing stock and this aging demographic, we must consider creative options to meet their needs.

Financing

Financing options for affordable housing include a myriad of loans, grants, and programs that must be seamlessly stitched together to create a viable project. Access to supplemental public and private funds and incentives are critical in attracting developers of affordable housing.

Innovative Housing Types

Affordable housing may take the form of manufactured homes, tiny houses, accessory dwelling units, and missing middle types (duplex, triplex, etc.)

Redevelopment Opportunities

Repurposing and Adaptive Reuse of existing structures that have outlived their use (schools, motels, historic buildings, student housing, etc.) are cost-effective and lower in environmental impact ways to create affordable housing for older adults.

Affordable Housing Reports, Plans, White Papers, Data

Access to information is key to understanding the issues around affordable housing. Please find national, local and regional data reports, insights and analysis here.

HCD Resources

The City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development will open the application process for Tucson and County residents wishing to apply for Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as Section 8. The window to apply will be from Nov. 2 to 23, 2022.

Senior Living Guide

This Senior Homes guide offers practical advice, solutions, and comfort for LGBTQIA+ seniors searching for their perfect home. It discusses key considerations, offers tips for choosing an inclusive and supportive community, and provides insight into legal rights and protections for LGBTQIA+ individuals. 

 

CONTACT US

Jim Murphy, Tucson Housing Foundation President jmurphytsn@gmail.com

Liz Cozzi, UWTSA AVP Community Development ecozzi@unitedwaytucson.org