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Tucson's latest affordable housing complex to get state, private funding

People stand in hard hats and with shovels
Office of Gov. Katie Hobbs
Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (second from left) at the groundbreaking of a new affordable housing complex in Tucson on Monday, June 10, 2024.

Tucson is getting a new affordable housing project in the coming years that will be focused on getting senior citizens and those with disabilities into apartments.

It's the latest affordable housing complex to come from La Frontera — a health and housing organization that runs other complexes across Arizona.

Gov. Katie Hobbs said this newest complex — dubbed West Point II Apartments and slated for downtown Tucson — would be funded by through a private-public partnership.

"The need for stable housing is even more pressing for seniors and those with disabilities, who make up a disproportionate share of the unhoused population, and typically have a harder time finding a job, or a place to live, that accommodates their needs," she said.

The project is being partially funded by a $22.6 million investment from CVS Health, part of a nationwide program from the company that's focused on affordable housing. An additional $100,000 from CVS will also go toward a La Frontera Center program focused on resident health and services.

Funding also comes from Arizona Department of Housing, Red Stone Equity Partners and La Frontera, along with grants from Tucson and Pima County.

Construction began last month on the 85-unit complex. It's expected to be open by the end of next year and will serve people like 72-year-old Tucsonan Rosa Cain.

"Being without a safe, stable home can happen to anyone, at any time, and that includes all of you," she told reporters Monday.

Cain said she was facing homelessness before finding space at another senior-focused facility run by La Frontera.

Alisa Reznick is a senior field correspondent covering stories across southern Arizona and the borderlands for the Tucson bureau of KJZZ's Fronteras Desk.Prior to joining KJZZ, she covered border and immigration at Arizona Public Media, where she was awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for her coverage of Indigenous-led protests against border wall construction.Reznick started her career working in bilingual newsrooms and as a freelance journalist in Amman, Jordan. Her reporting on migration, refugees and human rights has appeared on PRX’s The World, Al Jazeera and Nova PBS, among others. As a recipient of the International Labour Organization's FAIRWAY Reporting Fellowship, she spent six months reporting on labor migration issues across Arab States.Originally from Flagstaff, she likes climbing, being outdoors and Pluto.
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