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OPCS stays open through COVID-19 pandemic to help homeless

Taking anyone that needs to quarantine, sick or healthy
Posted at 6:44 AM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 09:45:48-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Old Pueblo Community Services is keep its operation running despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

The organization model is "housing first", to make sure someone has a roof over their head before they can turn their life around, is something they plan to stick by through this time.

Chief Clinical Officer Katy Scoblink said OPCS is the only agency open right now taking in people. She said she wants to make sure that everyone, especially the homeless, has a place to quarantine.

"They need our support right now," Scoblink said. "There is not enough support in the community, and they need to know that we are there, and we will stick with them and provide all the services they need to get through this pandemic."

She said the organization is working with the City of Tucson, Pima County and El Rio Health. They plan to take in people, no matter if they're sick or not.

All staff and clients are required to wear masks and gloves and all case work is now handled through the phone.

They're asking for donations from the community. To donate, head to their website.