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  • Public input sought Oct. 14 for Pima County/City of Tucson HUD funds

    Oct 10, 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 next three meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress.

    Poverty, Basic Goods and Services, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Speakers:
    • Mayor Jonathon Rothschild, City of Tucson, invited
    • Peg Harmon, Catholic Community Services of Southern Arizona
    • Michael McDonald, Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona
    Poverty has continued to increase during the last five years. The City of Tucson regularly reviews poverty and other indicators of stress, and the challenges facing individuals and families living in poverty are wide-ranging. Meeting the basic needs of low-income persons for food, clothing and shelter is critical to individual and community stability, and it will take partnerships and collaboration to address the growing needs.

    Economic Development, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Speakers:
    • Dorothee Harmon, Pima County Workforce Development 
    • Bill Leedy, Microbusiness Advancement Center of Southern Arizona 
    • David Welsch, Tucson Regional Economic Opportunities 
    The challenge has been to expand job opportunities and prepare a workforce for kinds of skills required for the 21st Century. Small business are also a key to our economy. Are businesses and the workforce in Pima County and the City of Tucson prepared to answer the innovation challenge and expand the economy?

    Seniors and Special Populations, 3-4:30 p.m.
    Speakers:
    • Robin Landers, Armory Park Neighborhood Center 
    • Debra Adams, Pima Council on Aging 
    As boomers enter into retirement a range of new challenges and issues are being raised. What are the current needs of seniors and will boomers expect similar kinds of services? Seniors, special populations and caregivers experience a wide range of challenges that can be overcome with the right supports.

    The other scheduled public meetings include:

    Multi-Family Housing Design
    10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23
    Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress

    Resource Efficient 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 520-724-5673 or by email
    • City of Tucson: Ann Vargas at 520-837-5424 or by email