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Pima County, Tucson open 'respite centers' for relief from daytime heat

Pima County opened a new heat respite center Monday, adding to the nearly three dozen local facilities providing a cool place for those who need to escape the triple-digit heat.... Read more»

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Tucson rolls out resource number for homeless people, advocates

Tucson has created a 24/7 telephone line for those facing homelessness, to provide information about available assistance programs, such as shelters, food banks, and more.... Read more»

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Cunningham: More 'housing first' investments a better choice than 'sanctioned camping' for Tucson's homeless

We have many disused old motels here in Tucson, so we have an opportunity to buy more properties like the Wildcat Inn. If we’ve got a million and a half dollars to spend, I’d much rather buy one of those that spend it on a temporary solution such as a sanctioned camping area.... Read more»

As pandemic ends, so does rent aid, leaving uncertain future for Pima County tenants

The pandemic brought a windfall in rental assistance in Pima County, but as COVID-19 winds down, so will that aid. The local housing crisis hasn't ended, and community workers, government officials and tenants alike say rent hikes will mean spikes in the number of homeless people here.... Read more»

More Americans can use food stamps for restaurants, prepared meals

In the past two years, six states, Including Arizona, have opted in to the little-used federal Restaurant Meals Program that allows older adults, people with disabilities and people experiencing homelessness to use their food benefits on select, low-cost restaurant meals.... Read more»

HUD got $9 billion to combat COVID-19 impacts. Only a quarter has been spent.

Tucked in the pandemic relief act in 2020 was about $9 billion for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to divvy up between cities and states for housing-related coronavirus fallout - but 20 months later, cities and states have only spent about a quarter of the funds.... Read more»

Pinal among Arizona counties grappling with equitable distribution of COVID vaccines

Some Arizona counties continue to grapple with administering COVID-19 vaccines equitably, even as cases spiked across the state in recent months and vaccination rates still lag in rural communities and among some people of color. ... Read more»

New Tucson 'Housing First' director quickly dumps pro-Trump tweets

The new director of Tucson's Housing First Program, part of Mayor Romero's social service efforts, quickly deleted her Twitter and Facebook accounts the day her hiring was announced, after city officials were asked about her years of pro-Trump and conspiracist posts, including questioning the 2020 election and COVID-19 misinformation.... Read more»

The 420,000 homeless kids who went missing from schools’ rolls last year may never be found

A national survey last fall estimated approximately 420,000 students experiencing homelessness went missing from school districts’ rolls during the pandemic, and homeless advocates worry some of these children may never enroll in school again.... Read more»

Tohono O'odham to house more Native veterans with $400k federal grant

More Native veterans will find housing with a $400,000 federal grant to the Tohono O'odham Nation to pay for rental assistance and support services. The tribe is receiving the largest grant in the country awarded under a Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs program.... Read more»

How COVID-19 pushed Americans to the brink of homelessness

Across the country, as many as 1 in 5 renters say they have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic, and for families who have no financial safety net to fall back on, the economic consequences of the coronavirus have pushed them to the precipice of homelessness.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Let’s give unaccompanied immigrant children a better chance in school

The reality is that schools are not prepared to adequately integrate and support the needs of unaccompanied immigrant children and we can do better to improve their school experience.... Read more»

'Historic wave of evictions' expected when moratorium expires

The federal ban on evictions amid COVID-19 has been extended multiple times and may be about to enter its final month, and the country is facing what could be the worst housing crisis in decades. ... Read more»

Black and Hispanic Americans suffer most in biggest U.S. decline in life expectancy since WWII

In addition to killing 600,000 in the United States and afflicting an estimated 3.4 million or more with persistent symptoms, the pandemic threatens the health of vulnerable people, exacerbating the discrepancies already seen in the country between the wealth and health of Black and Hispanic Americans and those of white Americans.... Read more»1

Biden quietly transforms Medicaid safety net

The Biden administration is quietly engineering a series of expansions to Medicaid that may bolster protections for millions of low-income Americans and bring more people into the program, drawing criticism from Republicans, some of whom accuse the administration of trampling states’ rights.... Read more»

Tucson opens cooling stations to combat excessive heat

In an effort to meet the need for respite from the record high temperatures, the city of Tucson has opened cooling stations in all six wards through Friday, June 18 and for any day after that has temperatures exceeding 110 degrees.... Read more»

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