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  • Public input sought Nov. 12-14 for future Pima County-City of Tucson HUD funds

    Nov 07, 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 nine public meetings on healthy homes and communities, transit-oriented development, neighborhood revitalization, poverty, economic development, seniors, multi-family housing design, resource-efficient housing, and rural issues.

    The last six meetings are scheduled for Nov. 12-14. More meetings will be held in the spring.

    Fair Housing
    5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12
    Location: Ellie Towne Flowing Wells Community Center, 1660 W. Ruthrauff Road
    Speaker: Jay Young, Southeast Fair Housing Council
    An Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice is required by HUD every five years and supplements the City and County’s Consolidated Plan. The Southwest Fair Housing Council is conducting the study and analysis of impediments as a consultant to the City and County. This session will explore the nature of complaints in Pima County and the City of Tucson, and effective strategies for reducing the incidence of discrimination in housing.

    Providing Shelter and Services
    9-10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Location: Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile
    Speakers: Patti Caldwell, Our Family Services; Ed Sakwa, Emerge!; Wendell Hicks, Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation
    What are the needs and trends in providing shelter and services for our most vulnerable populations? From case management and ancillary services to facilities, this discussion will focus on the trends and challenges in providing basic levels of service.

    Public & Subsidized Rental Housing
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Location: Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile
    Speakers: Ron Koenig, City of Tucson; Tom Mannschreck, Thomas Development
    As real wages continue to decline, the demand for rental units affordable to very-low- and low-income individuals and families continues to expand. The creation of new public housing units and the public housing focus on very-low-income and special populations can fill only part of that demand, requiring creative approaches to filling the remaining demand through targeted subsidized rental housing units.

    Owner Housing
    1-2:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Location: Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile
    Speakers: Betty Villegas, Pima County Housing Center; Maggie Tellez, Pima County Community Land Trust
    The homeownership landscape changed dramatically as a result of the great recession, and homeownership as an asset-building tool for low- and moderate-income families is currently being debated. Can financial literacy, pre- and post-purchase education, and appropriate lending products contribute to individual and community sustainability? What is the future of homeownership in our community?

    Getting Creative with Financing 
    3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13
    Location: Westside Police Station, 1310 N. Miracle Mile
    Speaker: Michael Keith, Downtown Tucson Partnership
    Which comes first – the project or the financing? Developers often want to serve a mix of incomes in residential development, yet the regulatory requirements of programs can make it challenging to attain the right mix and ensure an appropriate return on investment. This discussion will explore tools and processes that can facilitate creative financing solutions.

    Substandard Housing Roundtable
    9-10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14
    Location: Pima County Housing Center, 801 W. Congress St.
    Moderator: Martina Kuehl, Kuehl Enterprises LLC
    Defining and quantifying substandard housing is a challenge, yet experience with rehabilitation programs tells us that large numbers of vulnerable low-income people, including children and seniors own and rent housing that is potentially unsafe and dangerous. This roundtable discussion will focus on defining and quantifying substandard housing, building on what is working, and identifying opportunities to expand options for improving the housing stock despite shrinking HUD resources.

    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