BUILDING BETTER HOUSING
Compass Affordable Housing’s (CAH) was established to remedy the lack of secure, good quality, and affordable housing for low-income persons in Tucson and Pima County. Our ability to coordinate the resources necessary to tackle challenging affordable housing design, development, and financing has made CAH a leader in affordable housing development in Tucson.
Partnerships with community groups, investors, federal and state agencies, as well as local municipalities, have brought millions of dollars of investment to Tucson and have helped invigorate distressed neighborhoods. We work to recruit and coordinate the best project management teams possible, including architects, realtors, contractors, financing professionals, lenders, and consultants. Over the years, CAH staff has completed housing projects throughout Arizona, including tribal lands, working with:
- HOME and CDBG
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
- HUD Homebuyer Counseling and First-time Home Buyer programs
- USDA Mutual Self-Help Housing
- HUD Tenant Opportunities Program
- HUD Supportive Housing Program
- HUD Section 811and HUD HOPE 3
- Arizona Department of Housing State Housing Funds
- Low Income Housing Tax Credit
- US Department of Agricultural Rural Development Programs
- State of Arizona’s Prison Cities Housing Development Funds
- Federal Home Loan Bank Affordable Housing Program
- Department of Economic Security ESG and Child Care Administration
- Local Government Obligation Bonds
We believe that all people, no matter their income or ability, should have the opportunity to live in quality, affordable housing. We support low- and moderate-income persons, including those who have special needs. We strive to increase efforts that make affordable housing available on the local, state, and national levels.
CAH Housing Services
Compass Affordable Housing consults with other nonprofits and organizations wishing to expand programs, build administrative capacity and develop housing. We currently provide the following services:
Property Management for Special Needs Households
- Compliance Oversight
- Payroll Services
- Housing Development
- Grant Writing
- Interim management
As a nonprofit agency, our mission is to assist and keep our fees affordable. If you are interested in learning more and/or joining in our efforts to increase quality affordable housing in Tucson, please contact us at: (520) 305-4724 or at infoCAH@compassaffordablehousing.org
Compass Affordable Housing staff has extensive experience in affordable housing development, project coordination and financing, project development, federal funding, and project compliance throughout Arizona. Projects have been nominated for and received awards and recognition. CAH Tucson projects include:
Glenstone Village Apartments
-Compass Affordable Housing worked in collaboration with the Arizona Department of Housing, the City of Tucson, Enterprise Community Investment, local nonprofit agencies, and the private sector to design, develop and implement strategic and operational plans for Glenstone Village Apartments. Glenstone Village Apartments, completed in 2010, is a sober living community catering to tenants in recovery. CAH secured financing, coordinated the project team, and completed the development of the exhaustive renovation of this 72-unit multi-family complex (formerly 59-units) that provides affordable housing to single and parenting households. The apartment complex is a gated community. Amenities include a library, business center, community center, fitness center, and outdoor game and picnic areas. CAH oversees third-party property management and all compliance reporting and requirements.
Vida Nueva Apartments, Tucson, AZ
Working as the project manager, CAH completed work for Intermountain Centers for Human Development (ICHD) in 2012 to redevelop 18,000 square feet of housing and community space. The project created healthy, secure and affordable housing for adults with developmental and mental disabilities. Funding for the project was provided by the Arizona Department of Housing, the City of Tucson, Federal Home Loan Bank and private sources. The project incorporated energy efficiency design and focused on creating outdoor space that enhanced the community as a whole. The project preserved existing housing and increased the number of permanent housing units that are affordable for very-low income special needs persons.
Alvord Court Apartments
The Alvord Court project was new construction to develop 1.26 acres of vacant land in Tucson, AZ into quality energy efficient housing for persons with disabilities. The project was completed in February 2016, with 25 housing units completed using Universal Design Standards to make all units and common areas accessible. The project includes a Tenant Services program that provides access to the programs, services, and neighborhood amenities needed by this population. Amenities include a community center, a large community garden, large porches on each floor, an elevator, laundry facilities, food pantry, outdoor grill and patio, and a courtyard. The project was awarded funding from the City of Tucson, Arizona Department of Housing, Pima County and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. CAH oversees third party property management and all compliance reporting and requirements.
Downtown Motor Apartments
Downtown Motor Apartments was an acquisition and demolition of a blighted structure with new construction. CAH’s most recent project, construction on the former motor lodge in downtown Tucson was completed in February 2018. The project was awarded Arizona Low Income Housing Tax Credits and received funding from the City of Tucson and the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco. The project provides 44 units of affordable housing in a growing urban area that lacks affordable housing, especially for households that work in and near downtown Tucson. This sustainable development project consists of thirty-five one bedroom and nine two bedroom apartments. It serves low income and veteran households. Amenities include a parking garage, secure entrances, Tenant Services, a small garden, interior halls and seating areas, balconies and patios, laundry, computer room, fitness center, a community center, an elevator and is convenient to public transportation. CAH oversees third party property management and all compliance reporting and requirements. The project received a 2019 Merit Award for design from the National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO).
Through the years, Compass Affordable Housing has also provided oversight of operations of the following housing sites and programs to assist a local nonprofit with establishing its transitional housing programs:
Vida Nueva, Tucson, AZ
- 17,394 square feet in three buildings with 22 apartments, office, parking, pool laundry and a community room. The housing is for low-income parenting and non-parenting women in recovery from substance abuse.
Libertad, Tucson, AZ
- 27,000 square feet with 20 apartments, pool, common areas, offices and laundry. This site provides housing to low-income adults in a mixed community, who are newly sober, including those re-entering the community from incarceration.
Safe Harbor, Tucson, AZ
- 20 units in a 59-unit complex for newly sober men and women needing structured community living.
Intermountain Centers, Tucson, AZ
- Property management and compliance services of 176 units of housing for persons with Serious Mental Illness and 48 units of housing for low-income households.