Office Of Conservation and Sustainable Development
149 North Stone, 2nd Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
P.O. Box 27210
Tucson, AZ 85726
Food security. Food security for a household is defined by the USDA as “access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum (1) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and (2) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies).”
Use the following resources to help you with food security:
The Community Food Bank
Our purpose at the Community Food Bank is not only to alleviate hunger, but to end hunger. Community security - when all people at all times have economic and physical access to sufficient food for a healthy life - is the best hope for ending hunger. Our Community Food Bank Security Center is implementing programs of self-reliance, consumer education, agriculture, community collaboration and sustainability to eliminate the gaps for everyone.
Program listing for those who need help, including food stamps, soup kitchens, home food delivery, and others. (Community Food Bank)
Farmers’ Markets in the Tucson area including those that accept food stamps and participate in AZ FMNP.
Iskash*taa Refugee Harvesting Network
Iskash*taa is a group of volunteers working with African refugees on a project to identify and map food resources growing in Tucson. We are making a computer-generated map (GIS) and database of fruit tree and garden locations in neighborhoods like yours. We are educating Tucson about our local food system and reducing food waste while helping hundreds of refugee families. We harvest ~30,000 pounds a year from backyards and local farms and redistribute any available food surpluses, donating to organizations assisting families in need.
Desert Harvesters is a volunteer-run, grassroots organization based in Tucson, Arizona, USA. We strive to promote, celebrate, and enhance, local food security and production by encouraging the planting of indigenous, food-bearing shade trees (such as the Velvet mesquite or Prosopis velutina) in water-harvesting earthworks, and then educating the public on how to harvest and process the bounty.
Housing assistance. Whether you need help finding housing or staying in your home, there are many resources in Tucson.
Don’t Borrow Trouble Helpline (Pima County): (520)792-3087
Don’t Borrow Trouble® is an unbiased, Freddie Mac and community-sponsored, non-profit agency that knows the programs, products and people throughout Tucson. These resources can help you understand your financial decisions when it comes to homeownership and payday lending practices. This website is designed to help you learn about Predatory Lending Practices, Alternatives, and Nonprofit Resources in Tucson, Arizona.
Arizona Foreclosure Helpline: 1-877-448-1211
The Arizona Department of Housing has partnered with several agencies throughout the state to help individuals and families facing foreclosure. Community Information & Referral hosts Arizona's Mortgage Foreclosure Hotline to help people through the foreclosure process and possibly keep their homes.
City of Tucson Community Services Department
Community Services is the City of Tucson Department responsible for administering housing, community development and social services programs. The Department plans, funds and operates programs which assist Tucsonans, and families throughout Pima County, to improve their housing options, their neighborhoods, and their lives, including Section 8 and public housing programs.
Organized in 1980, Habitat for Humanity Tucson builds affordable housing for qualified families, with the goal of eliminating poverty housing in the Tucson area. Since its inception, Habitat has completed 269 such homes. There are about 20 Habitat homes under construction at any given time.
Family Housing Resources
FHR’s primary mission is to assist low to moderate income individuals and families obtain decent, affordable housing.
Chicanos por la Causa
CPLC provides a comprehensive array of housing services in Pima, Santa Cruz, and Maricopa counties through our Community Development agenda. Pre-purchase programs include: Home Buyer Education, one-on-one counseling and an incubation program.
Post Purchase programs include Mortgage Default/Rental Delinquency Counseling and Emergency Financial Assistance.
Our Family Services CommonUnity Program
CommonUnity is a 20-unit apartment complex for formerly homeless young women ages 18-21 and their children. Safe, supervised apartments and a community of support that gives low-income, homeless parents and their children an opportunity for long-term success.
Access to education. It is never too late to further your education and learn the skills necessary to start a new career.
University of Arizona Outreach College
The UA Outreach College provides exceptional credit and noncredit educational opportunities to people seeking university-level instruction and enrichment outside the scope of the traditional campus experience. Providing the best in lifetime learning across the age spectrum, UA Outreach College offers courses and programs for professional, academic, and personal advancement.
Pima Community College: Adult Basic Education
Pima College Adult Education program (PCAE) offers classes in:
• Adult Basic Education (ABE - basic reading, writing and math)
• GED high-school equivalency preparation
• English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
• Citizenship preparation
LVT is an adult education organization in Tucson, serving the needs of adults who read at or below the sixth-grade level. We offer an individualized approach to meet students where they are and to teach to each student's goals.
Reading Seed Children’s Literacy Program
Fred G. Acosta Job Corps Center
The Job Corps Center offers young adults vocational and academic training in a supportive and safe environment, completely free of charge. It is a full-time, year-round program providing a wide array of skills training, education and support services including housing, meals, medical care, and career counseling.