January 9, 2019 / Modified jan 9, 2019 5:27 p.m.

Tucson Developer Offers Migrants Temporary Housing in Tucson

The Benedictine Monastery will soon house Central American asylum-seekers waiting for claims to be processed.

360 monastery 2 The Benedictine Monastery on North Country Club Road off East Speedway Boulevard in Tucson.
AZPM Staff

The developer who recently bought Tucson's Benedictine Monastery has opened the space for a nonprofit to house asylum-seekers awaiting their appointment with immigration officials.

Ross Rulney is allowing Catholic Community Services to use the building free of charge. Rulney said he got the idea when he overheard a conversation among Tucson Ward 6 staff members about the need for temporary housing for Central American asylum-seekers. He said that’s when he saw a chance to help.

“I have a building that isn’t being used right now, and if I could offer it and I’m helpful, then that’s exciting,” said Rulney.

Rulney has plans to develop a set of apartment blocks around the Benedictine Monastery, which closed in September 2016. The project is controversial among community members who think it doesn't match the neighborhood's character.

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