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  • Public input sought for Pima County/City of Tucson five-year federal housing funds plan

    Sep 22, 2014 | Read More News
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    The public is invited to participate in a series of Pima County and City of Tucson meetings to discuss needs and priorities for the use of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2020.

    HUD funds include:
    • Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)
    • HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME)
    • Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG)
    • Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA)
     The County and City are planning more than a dozen public meetings this fall on such topics as affordable housing, human services, neighborhood improvements, energy efficiency and transportation.

    The first three meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Sentinel Building, 320 N. Commerce Park Loop.

    Healthy Homes and Communities
    10-11:30 a.m.
    Speakers: Val Iverson, Arizona Housing Alliance, and Dr. Francisco Garcia, Pima County Health Department
     ne of the most critical issues confronting communities in Arizona today is the impact that the physical environment has on public health. Research studies have consistently shown that the design of the physical environment can reduce the incidence of chronic diseases. Designing healthy communities that facilitate an active lifestyle is critical to the long-term health of the people who reside in Pima County and the City of Tucson.

    Transit-oriented Development
    1-2:30 p.m.
    Speaker: Marilyn Robinson, Development University of Arizona Drachman Institute
    The University of Arizona has studied transit-oriented development options that can set the stage for housing affordability, a mix of uses and the place-based investments that promote both community and individual economic stability and sustainability. Creative financing targeted toward these essential investments has been successfully implemented in the City of Phoenix and could be a viable model for transit-oriented development in Tucson.

    Neighborhood Revitalization
    3-4:30 p.m.
    Speaker: Corky Poster. Poster Frost Mirto
    After a period of expansive growth, both Pima County in its draft Comprehensive Plan and the City of Tucson in its General Plan recognize the need to focus on revitalization in already-developed areas. Neighborhood revitalization doesn’t happen in a linear way; yet there are essential steps to successfully improving the physical environment, navigating politics, and keeping residents positively engaged.

    The other scheduled public meetings include:

    Poverty, Basic Goods and Services
    10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress

    Economic Development
    1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress

    Seniors and Special Populations
    3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress
     
    Multi-Family Housing Design
    10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress

    Energy Efficiency in Affordable Housing
    1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress

    Rural Issues
    3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress
     
    Fair Housing
    5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12
    Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road

    Providing Shelter and Services
    9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile

    Public & Subsidized Rental Housing
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile

    Owner Housing
    1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile

    Getting Creative with Financing
    3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile
     
    You can review the City of Tucson and Pima County Five-Year HUD Consolidated Plan for 2010-2015, including the summaries of the public meetings in 2010.

    For more information about the meetings, please contact:
    • Pima County: Gary Bachman at 520-243-6673 or by email
    • City of Tucson: Ann Vargas at 520-837-5424 or by email