About Us

B'nai B'rith Covenant HouseThe B’nai B’rith Covenant House of Tucson is a beautiful senior housing apartment home located in mid-town Tucson. Founded in 1995, B’nai B’rith Covenant House provides a government-subsidized 119-unit apartment complex for low-income seniors, 62 years and older. Residents receive rental assistance from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

BBCH is open to all qualified individuals defined by HUD, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, handicap, or national origin. Biltmore Properties, Inc. (BPI) does not discriminate on the basis of disability status in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its federally assisted programs and activities. BPI’s Section 504 Coordinator, Kathy McElvain (602.997.0013 ext 104 or 1.888.843.3372 for TTY users) located at 2330 W Mission Lane, suite 10 Phoenix, AZ 85021 has been designated to coordinate Limited English Proficiency and compliance with the nondiscrimination requirements contained in the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Section 504 (24CFR, part 8 dated June 2, 1988).

The Covenant House is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders and is managed by Biltmore Properties, Inc.

The Board of Directors primary function is to employ and oversee the management company, and to provide additional services and programming not provided by HUD. The Board of Directors provides these additional services through gifts and fund raising through Tucson Covenant with Elderly, it’s 501(c)(3) non-profit arm.

Resident services and programming funded by the Board include a computer center, wellness center, emergency food and personal hygiene products, games and entertainment, holiday and special occasion parties, and more.

The Board of Directors is proud that BBCH is considered an exemplary senior housing project of the B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Division. It has served as the host of the national B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Conference three times.

Our ‘jewel in the desert’ is a place where residents can live in a safe, secure,  and well-managed facility, while enjoying an enhanced and comfortable environment.

Gerd Manfred Strauss, Founder

Gerd Manfred Strauss was the visionary and founder of the B’nai B’rith Covenant House in Tucson, AZ in 1995. Gerd, a Holocaust survivor, emigrated the US in 1947 in Washington DC and later Chicago, retiring to Tucson in 1986.

Although retired, Gerd was very active in B’nai B’rith and the Tucson community, founding the Covenant House. Later in 2006, in memory of his wife Inge of more than 60 years, Gerd founded the Gerd & Inge Strauss Manor on Pantano. Both senior housing projects have served hundreds of Tucson’s elderly residents and are considered exemplary senior housing projects in the B’nai B’rith Senior Housing Organization.

There was a motto Gerd lived by that was passed down by his father: “you have to give back to the world for what you took from the world.”