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Survival – For many men, women and families who are homeless, the first step to getting off the streets is connecting to one of Primavera’s emergency services programs where they will find immediate relief and shelter as they recover from economic crisis. These programs often serve as the first stepping-stone out of poverty, assisting people to acquire the information and skills needed to live independently and offset future crises.

Primavera provides a variety of options from 5-day emergency shelter stays to 30-day motel stays to long-term affordable housing. If you are looking for more long-term housing, please click here to visit our Rental Housing page.


Shelter for Men

At the Men’s Shelter you may receive these services:

The Men’s Shelter is located at:


200 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85713



You are eligible to stay at the Men’s Shelter if you meet the following criteria:

Stay at the Men's Shelter

Call (520) 623-4300 at 9:00 am to reserve a bed for that evening.



200 E. Benson Highway
Tucson, AZ 85713

(520) 623-4300
Fax: (520) 623-1646


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Shelter for Families

The Greyhound Family Shelter is one of the only family shelters in Southern Arizona that keeps families together. It’s a safe place where families can stay as they work to get into permanent or affordable housing. Households can stay in shelter up to 90 days.


You are eligible for a stay at the Greyhound Family Shelter if you:

Stay at the Greyhound Family Shelter

Call (520) 882-5383 to schedule an appointment for intake or do a walk-in at HIPon Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9am to12:30pm.

On your first visit with a resource specialist you will be asked to provide us with some documentation on your intake visit:



Greyhound Family Shelter's address is undisclosed.

(520) 867-6396
Fax: (520) 882-5479


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Every few weeks the Furst family, Sandra, Lonny and Lindsey, will go for an afternoon
of family karaoke River’s Edge to sing their favorite songs; they’ll give you a preview
of their music performance if asked, bursting into a melodic rendition of Dust in the Wind
between more serious conversations about how they feel about living in a family homeless shelter. They are a family with a joie de vivre that seems impervious to circumstance.

In 2010, Sandra ended up in the hospital because of congestive heart failure. Lonny left his job to take over all the family duties. Rent and bills began to back-up and soon enough they were left with only a car to their name.

READ MORE about the Furst family.



"I’ve been a general contractor all my life, building since I was twelve. I grew up in Denver, and a neighbor would get us kids in the morning and pay us $1.50 an hour to nail floors all day. This continued through high school. I got into building and never left. In those days, a trade was good. I was making so much money I left school. 


I came here to Tucson to work and get away from Denver. At the time I was drinking heavily. I would go in and out of the Primavera Men's Shelter and Primavera Works program. Every time I was in, I found a good job, but I didn’t stop drinking."


READ MORE  about Robert.