The original facility was built 50 years ago to welcome men home from war. Today, it houses all who find themselves homeless, and it will soon have a new location.
The new Salvation Army Hospitality House is under construction on Main Avenue, near Speedway.
When completed later this year, the 34,000- square-foot house will have a 109-bed shelter with two family units, said Shawna Kroh, a spokeswoman for the Salvation Army.
Construction began in January.
“With the current house falling apart and not enough room to accommodate all types of clients, the new hospitality house is a necessity,” she said of the $7.5 million project. The money to begin construction came from a Salvation Army’s Territorial Headquarters loan.
The hospitality house, currently located at 1021 N. 11th Ave., is open 24 hours a day. Guests receive two meals a day and social services and referrals.
The Salvation Army in Tucson provides more than 50,000 meals to at least 23,000 people every year.
Aside from the shelter, the new facility will have a social services office, administrative space and special rooms for veterans.
Tucson is one of the 25 cities selected by the Obama administration to end veteran homelessness by 2015.
Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said the city’s goal is to find homes for 1,650 veterans by 2015.
Anyone interested in participating can contact Rothschild’s office at 791-4201 or see 51homes.net online.