Habitat for Humanity Tucson is developing a solution to two of the most pressing issues facing Arizona, the lack of affordable housing and a growing need for skilled workforce in the trades. The Connie Hillman Urban Construction Knowledge Center (CHUCK) will serve as Habitat Tucson’s construction hub, warehouse, and training center. It will provide job training and intern opportunities with real-world experience building affordable housing. The facility, located on property owned by Habitat Tucson in the Flowing Wells neighborhood will feature over 15,000 square feet of storage, classroom, and office space.
Creating a more compassionate and just world, Habitat for Humanity Tucson brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The CHUCK Center brings together local industries, educational institutions, expert volunteers, and strong financial support to create a significant shift that will allow Habitat Tucson to offer a “hand up” to more families, lifting them out of generational poverty.
The trade fields, like construction, have seen a steady decline in skilled employees. As a generation of skilled tradesmen approaches retirement, not enough younger workers are trained to replace them. The CHUCK Center will be designed to include workshop, classroom, assembly, warehouse, and housing space for long-term volunteers. By building a skilled labor force, our whole community will benefit from the CHUCK Center.
A partnership with the Applied Technology program at Pima Community College (PCC) will provide students with the opportunity to work under the tutelage of experienced Habitat Tucson staff and skilled community volunteers. They will complete traditional apprenticeships in the construction, plumbing, carpentry, and electrician fields. This will provide critical workforce development training in our community.
In support of developing a skilled workforce, the CHUCK Center provides Habitat Tucson with housing for Americorp Members and Caravanners. Through the federal AmeriCorps program, Habitat Tucson offers young adults (AmeriCorps Members) real-world work experiences and training. The AmeriCorps Members receive only a small stipend for their service, making living in Tucson impossible for most. Although Habitat Tucson has had several local Members join our team, many times positions have been left open due to the higher cost of living in Tucson compared with other eligible communities
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