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  • Public input sought Oct. 23 for Pima County/Tucson five-year plan for federal HUD funds

    Oct 21, 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 have held six public meetings on healthy homes and communities, transit-oriented development, neighborhood revitalization, poverty, economic development, and seniors.

    The next three meetings are scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress.

    Multi-Family Housing Design, 10-11:30 a.m.
    Speaker: Brian Swanton, Gorman and Company
    The “right” design can contribute to neighborhood and community character and further acceptance of multi-family housing by neighboring residents. At the same time, affordable and mixed-income multi-family housing design is too often approached with a “cookie-cutter.” See examples of how multi-family housing can be designed to contribute to neighborhood and community character while still attaining housing affordability.

    Resource-Efficient Housing, 1-2:30 p.m.
    Speakers: Hank Krzysik, HJ Krzysik Architect, and Savannah McDonald, Poster Frost Mirto
    Reducing the carbon footprint, using sustainable material and planning to conserve and protect precious natural resources are essential to building a health community. There are multiple energy-saving strategies from grid tie-ins to insulation that can be used to incorporate energy efficiency into both single- and multi-family housing without breaking the bank.

    Rural Issues, 3-4:30 p.m.
    Speaker: Martina Kuehl
    Community development in rural communities has both unique challenges and opportunities. The right mix of resources and capacity is essential to meeting demand for various services, yet the scale of many needed services doesn’t always fit with the requirements of investors and federal programs. There are successful implementation models in rural communities that have potential to meet community needs despite the unique challenges.

    The other scheduled public meetings include: 
    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