A Pima County nonprofit will unveil on Saturday, June 29, transitional housing and a community center for homeless military veterans and their families made possible in part by voter-approved Pima County bond funds.
Esperanza En Escalante (EEE) welcomes the public to the grand opening at 10 a.m. of its expanded facilities at 3700 S. Calle Polar, southeast of South Wilmot and East Stella roads, including:
- A three-unit, 15-bed complex for male veterans
- A five-unit, 10-bed complex for female veterans and their families
- A multipurpose community center
Site improvements, including a paved roadway around the center of the site, sidewalks, parking, underground utilities and landscaping, were completed with less than $1 million in 2004 Pima County affordable housing bond funds.
Pima County’s investment will support EEE’s plans to provide a total of 203 transitional and permanent housing units for veterans and their families by 2024. EEE will seek federal and state funds and private donations to build transitional and permanent housing for 60 persons by 2017 and an additional 48 units of transitional and permanent housing by 2024.
“These additions will greatly enhance our ability to support the men and women who honorably served, but who now need our help,” said Phyllis Russell, executive director of Esperanza En Escalante.
Esperanza En Escalante is a nonprofit organization formed in 1989 by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 106 of Tucson. Located on approximately 19 acres, EEE provides housing, social services and programs to assist a veteran’s transition into everyday life.
EEE works with Pima County’s Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center to help veterans obtain employment or vocational training.
For more information about Esperanza En Escalante, visit http://www.eeeveterans.org/.