- Associated Press - Monday, February 8, 2016

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Homeless advocates are pushing for Tucson to follow the lead of a pilot program in Oregon and designate campsites and build micro-homes for the city’s growing homeless population.

The Arizona Daily Star reports (https://bit.ly/1nSLpGu ) that city leaders have recently formed a work group to explore alternative housing programs as a way to help the homeless find transitional housing.

According to a 2015 point-in-time count by the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness there are about 567 homeless people in the Tucson metro area.

Housing advocates are looking at a Eugene, Oregon, program that employs two housing strategies for the homeless: “rest stops” and micro-housing. Rest stops are legal campsites where 20 people can live in tents or huts. Micro-housing is city-provided tiny, wooden frame houses on city property.

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Information from: Arizona Daily Star, https://www.tucson.com

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