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District 5 Newsletter - Issue 1

Jun 05, 2020 | Read More News
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Pima County District 5 Newsletter - Office of Supervisor Betty Villegas

Betty Villegas, a Democrat, is the Pima County Board of Supervisors appointee to fill the remainder of the later Richard Elías’s term, ending in December 2020. Betty iSupervisor Villegass a third generation lifelong native of Tucson. She retired after 17 years from Pima County where she was the Housing Program Manager and Director of the Pima County Housing Center, a comprehensive one-stop space dedicated to providing housing resources and services to Pima County residents.

Before working for the county, Betty worked 19 years in retail banking and community lending.  Betty is keeping Richard’s staff members and pledges to continue his legacy on provision of affordable housing, historic preservation, Sonoran Desert advocacy, eliminating health-care disparities, social justice, and expanding quality education to pre-school children.

Supervisor Elías

Tribute to the late Chairman of the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Richard Elías

Richard Elías was such a dear friend to us all. His sudden death was terribly shocking to his family, his friends, and the community. So many of us are reminded of him daily as we continue to work on his legacy of compassion towards vulnerable members of our community, and resistance to oppressive actions and policies. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten.

We Need Humane and Equitable Law Enforcement

The brutal and blatant Memorial Day murder of George Floyd under the crushing knee of a Minneapolis police officer was outrageous and unacceptable. This was just the latest in a centuries-long legacy of law-enforcement abuses and murders of people of color and this MUST be stopped. Let’s take action together to change the systemic injustices that have created inequalities in our nation and our communities. We must think strategically and act boldly to make the humanitarian changes that will make us all stronger, and most importantly, all equal!


Face MasksWe are experiencing extraordinary times, but will get through this pandemic. Old habits are hard to break, but practicing new behaviors such as wearing face masks and practicing social distancing, we can significantly reduce the transmission of respiratory viruses and save more lives. Please avoid gatherings of more than ten and stay home as much as possible. Please respond to this pandemic with compassion and help by following 
CDC social distancing guidelines.

More Testing Links:

DIY Face Mask Links

It is important to wear a face mask when engaging in essential activities to avoid transmission of the viruses, as well as how to make your own mask. A new study show that if 80% of the population wore a face covering when out in public we could see a drastic drop in cases.


 Library Openings Financial/Food/Housing Employment Resources
Free Wi-Fi is available outside of Pima County Libraries Business
Pima County Dislocated Workers Hotline: (520) 724-5735

Need help navigating the application for Arizona unemployment benefits, looking for a job lead or are you a business owner wondering how to tap in to local and state resources?

Mental Health

During this difficult time, people may be experiencing heightened stress, anxiety, and triggers for stress. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! This is a scary time, and some of us may feel more alone than others. There are caring and compassion people that want to hear what you are going through, and offer help. Please reach out!

For more information about how manage stress and anxiety during this difficult time, please click here. Please do not hesitate to reach out for help if you are unable to manage symptoms and stressors. We need you here.  Isolation can increase risk for domestic abuse. Please reach out for help in the safest way possible.

For more mental health, financial, health, and domestic violence and human trafficking resources, visit 2-1-1 Speak to a Specialist

United States 2020 Census - “We are not invisible!”Census 2020

Important funding for the communities that we live in depend on our response to the 2020 Census! WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE! Answer the United States 2020 Census questionnaire today!

The 2020 Census will determine congressional representation, inform hundreds of billions in federal funding every year, and provide data that will impact communities for the next decade. Census data informs federal funding for more than 100 programs, including school lunches, highway construction, and education.
Respond to the United States 2020 Census!

Thank youThank you

Supervisor Betty Villegas and District 5 Staff office would like to thank ALL essential workers who continue to provide services and resources to the community during these unprecedented times. Essential workers have had to put themselves out on the front lines in order to keep the community safe. You are all our heroes!


Supervisor Betty Villegas for District - 5
Pima County Board of Supervisor
130 W. Congress St., 11th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85745
Office (520) 724-8126