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    On Nov. 23, 2021, Pima County Administration approved the creation of an Affordable Housing Task Force, bringing together a cross-section of stakeholders involved in some aspect of affordable housing production and development.

    The Affordable Housing Task Force was empaneled by the county administrator for the purpose of informing the Board of Supervisor’s actions and policies to improve housing affordability across Pima County.

    The task force will:
    • Highlight success stories and identify evidence-based and promising practices that should be considered in Pima County.
    • Make recommendations that will meaningfully increase availability of affordable housing within metro and rural Pima County.
    • Identify public/private collaborative pathways to improve housing affordability.
    • Recommend a new charter for the Pima County Housing Commission that will strengthen the Board’s role in housing affordability.
    The Affordable Housing Task Force has concluded their meetings as of May 27, 2022.

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    Name Organization
    Ann Chenecka City of Tucson
    Betty Villegas
    South Tucson Public Housing
    Brian Swanton  Gorman Company
    Carla Blackwell Pima County Development Services
    Corky Poster PMM Poster Mirto McDonald
    Daniela Figueroa Youth on Their Own
    Dennis Regnier CODAC Behavioral Health
    David Godlewski SAHBA
    Jennifer Chancay Pima County Health Department
    John Bremond
    KB Homes
    Joy Taylor Taylor-Leon Management
    Karin Uhlich Arizona Complete Health
    Kim Fitch Nicolosi and Fitch, Inc.
    Liz Morales City of Tucson
    Maggie Amado-Tellez Pima County Community Land Trust
    Mark Clark Pima Council on Aging
    Maryann Beerling Compass
    Meghan Heddings Family Housing Resources
    Michael Guymon Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce
    Omar Mireles HSL Properties
    Thomas Warne Jlinvestments
    Tom Litwicki Old Pueblo Community Services


     Meeting date


    February 4  Agenda Minutes
    February 18
     Agenda Minutes
    March 4  Agenda Minutes
    March 18  Agenda Minutes 
    April 1 Agenda Minutes
    April 15 Agenda, Packet, Presentation, CWD Presentation Minutes
    April 29  Agenda, Facilitator Presentation, PC Presentation Minutes 
    May 13  Cancelled  
    May 27 (Virtual)  Agenda, Facilitator Presentation Minutes
    University of Arizona Southwest Institute for Research on Women

    People, Communities and Homes Investment Plan (P-CHIP)

    Poverty and Urban Stress Demonstration

    Housing Affordability for Tucson (HAST)

    Pima County Eviction and Homelessness Prevention Task Force Report

    Making Action Possible (MAP) Dashboard – Affordable Housing Overview

    NHP Foundation Preserving Americas Affordable Housing

    Arizona Housing Coalition

    Pima County Comprehensive Plan

    Arizona State University, Morrison Institute for Public Policy: State-Level Legal Barriers to Adopting Affordable Housing Policies in Arizona, November 2021

    GAP Analysis of Affordable Housing In Pima County, Arizona 2016, Family Housing Resources and University of Arizona

    The Housing and Transportation (H+T) Affordability Index

    Hometown for All, Tempe Coalition for Affordable Housing

    City of Tucson – Pima County Consortium 2020-2024 HUD Consolidated Plan FFY2020 HUD Annual Action Plans

    National Low Income Housing Coalition

    For National interactive map and data go to The Gap | National Low Income Housing Coalition

    Out of Reach - documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing:
    For Arizona and local MSA’s including Tucson go to Arizona | National Low Income Housing Coalition

    For National interactive map and data go to Out Of Reach | National Low Income Housing Coalition

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States and it includes data at both state and county levels, go to Home - National Housing Preservation Database

    Congressional District Housing Profiles for Arizona - Congressional District Profile: Arizona (PDF)

    Multiple Listing Service of Southern AZ – find local statistics (monthly and year-end) for Residential homeownership and rental market listings at MLS Stats

    Co-facilitators: Angie Donelson and Robin Breault

    Angie Donelson, PhD, AICP

    DonelsonAngie assists local, regional and state governments, industry associations, and nonprofits in planning, implementing and evaluating affordable housing, community development and economic development strategies and programs. She specializes in data analytics, outcomes-oriented program evaluation and multi-stakeholder facilitation.

    Before consulting, she was the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) representative to Arizona’s colonias, where she assisted US-Mexico border communities, local governments and nonprofit organizations with various capacity building needs. She also worked as a city planner in southern Arizona, New Jersey and Kansas.

    Angie holds a doctorate in economic geography from the University of Arizona. She received community development training from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and is certified by the American Planning Association as a professional planner (AICP). She co-authored two academically-refereed books on US-border community development with the University of Arizona Press and 13 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters addressing housing policy, rural poverty, public health and community development in inter-cultural contexts.

    Her website, trustforchange.org, hosts trainings and peer reviewed materials on trust-building process models and metrics. Recently, she has integrated natural language processing data analytic methods to enhance the speed in which consensus is built with multi-stakeholder initiatives. Examples include work with the global mining and metals company South32 and with the Santa Cruz County, Arizona Board of Supervisors.

    Robin Breault, PhD

    BreaultRobin is the co-founder of LeadLocal. LeadLocal partners with organizations to facilitate emergent design processes. LeadLocal’s inclusive design methodologies are derived from participatory action research, systems thinking, design thinking and equity redesign models. The approach centers local funds of knowledge and lived experience.

    LeadLocal has provided design and facilitation support for local and national organizations, ranging from higher ed, to state and local government entities, school districts, as well as business and industry.

    Before starting LeadLocal, Robin was teaching faculty at the Eller College of Management at the University of Arizona. She has over twenty-five years of experience in teaching, facilitation, and design. She is currently facilitating projects for the Center for the Future of Arizona, Santa Cruz County, AZ Cyber initiative, Sunnyside Unified, and Southern Arizona Veterinary Specialists.

    Data Analytics — Tod Newman

    NewmanTod Newman is a 20-plus-year resident of Southern Arizona who specializes in data analytics and artificial intelligence. He has over 20 years of experience in applying advanced data techniques to unique problems as an Engineering Fellow at Raytheon as well as in his own private data analytics practice, Santa Cruz River Analytics.

    At Raytheon he leads R&D efforts and serves as the lead of the corporate technology council for artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI&ML). He developed Raytheon's corporate AI&ML certification program, including two 18-hour boot camps and a capstone process. He has coached over 800 students (ranging from high school to professional) in AI&ML, whether through the formal Raytheon certification program or through other programs he developed. He is certified by The Open Group as a Master Certified Architect.

    He is a 1992 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and served for six years post graduation as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard. He got interested in artificial intelligence and neural networks in graduate school at Mississippi State during the mid 1990s, where he developed neural network classifiers for wave heights and wavelet-based compression techniques for satellite communications. His current favorite AI techniques involve exposing hidden structure in text documents using Natural Language Processing.

    During the COVID outbreak, he developed a number of new ways to analyze the COVID-19 data coming from Johns Hopkins University. All of this analysis can be found on his personal website. Tod enjoys hiking with his kids, writing, playing guitar and developing Python code to solve interesting problems.

    Project Documentation — Lizbeth Perez

    PerezLizbeth Perez was born in Oceanside after her parents relocated from Salinas, CA where they arrived after emigrating from Michoac n, Mexico. She has lived in the Southwest, and is most recently from Yuma, AZ. Lizbeth is in her final semester studying Natural Resources with an emphasis in Wildlife Conservation at the University of Arizona.

    For the past 2 years, she has been with the Bio/Diversity Project at the U of A, giving environmental science outreach lessons to local K-12 schools. She works with the interns in that program, mentoring them through the internship as well as through secondary education where diversity and inclusion is prioritized in environmental science fields. After graduation, she will intern with Saguaro National Park as a NextGen ranger and work in increasing access to natural spaces and the natural sciences.
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