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  • Pima County combines departments into Community & Workforce Development

    Jun 18, 2020 | Read More News
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    Two Pima County departments focusing on wide-ranging resources for assistance and services are being consolidated into the Department of Community & Workforce Development (CWD).

    CSET job training internThe new department combines Community Services, Employment and Training (CSET) and Community Development and Neighborhood Conservation (CDNC). The new department will be effective at the start of the fiscal year on July 1, 2020, after the adoption of the budget, with Arnold Palacios serving as its director, County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry announced. 

    “This consolidates workforce, housing, and safety-net services to the public with a single point of contact,” said Palacios, who has served as the director of CSET for the past two years. “Resources are shared so that someone may come in for one service, say workforce development, and they’ll realize they qualify other service like rental assistance.”

    CSET and CDNC traditionally have provided community resources through grant and general fund budgets, addressing areas such as housing, emergency services, homelessness, youth programs, employment and job training, and business services.

    Daniel Tylutki, the Interim Director of CDNC since February 2019, will be CWD’s Deputy Director.

    “Together we are truly serving community and our workforce, either directly in our offices, in partnership with Pima County’s valued nonprofit agencies, or through established relationships with the local employers and industry sectors,” Tylutki said.

    “It’s exciting. The County is now best poised to provide a continuum of community resources and employment opportunities to residents -- everything from helping homeless folks, or families in crisis who need to find or stay in their homes; increasing access to new community and affordable housing projects; investing in our youth; and most importantly, streamlining pathways to higher-paying jobs.”

    The Community & Workforce Development department will have seven divisions:
    • Outside Agency
    • Community Development
    • Community Services
    • Homeless Services
    • Workforce Development
    • Youth Development
    • Administration
    Within those divisions are examples of increased services during the COVID-19 pandemic, including a hotline established at the ARIZONA@WORK Pima County One-Stop to handle the steep rise in unemployment, and another hotline set up by the Community Action Agency to help County residents manage needs with rental assistance and eviction protection.

    The mission of CWD, from within its divisions and through its many partners – the Outside Agency division, for example, helps support more than 90 nonprofit agencies to deliver human services to vulnerable populations – is strengthened through the consolidation.

    Under the umbrella of the CWD, the Homeless Services division is ready to assist 3,000 individuals in the fiscal year, according to budget projections; Workforce Development is set to help 16,000; and Youth Development is scheduled to assist 2,000 youth. That’s just a partial accounting of the new department’s wraparound services.

    “With a combined history of service and passion for the people, the knowledge, leadership, and community-based services are a testament to Pima County’s commitment to the community,” said Daniel Sullivan, who will lead the Workforce Development and Homeless Services divisions.

    The new department reports to Dr. Francisco Garcia, the Deputy County Administrator and Chief Medical Officer, Health and Community Services. He oversaw CWD’s predecessor units, taking an active role in the success of the consolidation process.

    For more information about the Department of Community & Workforce Development, and its divisions, read the full memorandum from Huckelberry about the consolidation