They processed the paperwork right away, and within weeks of her 62nd birthday in February, Carmen moved into her new home.
Life has not been easy for Carmen, but she has always stayed positive, counting her blessings and
sharing her love and kindness with many others - even when she became homeless at the age of
61. Due to Tucson’s 42-day bus strike in the late summer of 2015, Carmen could not get to work
and lost the two jobs she depended on to support herself. Within a few months, she was evicted from
her apartment. She was scared and alone, but she tried hard not to let those feelings overcome
her. Carmen spent her days doing odds jobs and volunteering at the Armory Senior Center, as she
had done before, and even began volunteering at Pio Decimo Center. Most nights, she stayed in a
homeless shelter, though some nights she had to stay outdoors. Fortunately, her plight did not go
unnoticed. The senior housing staff at Pio learned of Carmen’s situation and found that she was
almost 62, the minimum age necessary to live in Pio’s permanent housing for low-income seniors.
They processed the paperwork right away, and within weeks of her 62nd birthday in February,
Carmen moved into her new home. She enjoys the closeness she now has with the other seniors,
particularly those who feel lonely. And she’s grateful for the greater security she now has with a rent
she can afford with the work opportunities she has. “I’m very comfortable knowing I won’t be homeless again.”