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Phoenix fellowship cultivating the next generation of urban farmers

The Urban Agriculture Fellowship Program - funded by the American Rescue Plan and created to address challenges brought to light through interviews with urban farmers during the COVID-19 pandemic - aims to educate and feed the community.... Read more»

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Homeless camping bans are spreading. This group shaped the bills.

As homeless camps have become increasingly visible, states and cities are attempting multiple solutions to help the homeless - but an increasing number of states are pushing the Cicero Institute’s model bill, the “Reducing Street Homelessness Act.”... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Tucson mulls affordable housing & pot-license incentives, Sunnyside students go walkabout

The Tucson City Council will vote on whether to waive impact fees to coax more affordabie housing as home inventory plummets, after they mull social equity incentives for marijuana businesses.... Read more»

StandDown provides Arizona veterans with haircuts, legal, medical and housing services

Hundreds of veterans lined up Thursday at the Arizona State Fairgrounds to get help at the 20th annual Maricopa County StandDown, hosted by the Arizona Veterans StandDown Alliance. ... Read more»

Omicron puts kibosh on annual Tucson homeless survey

A surge in coronavirus cases has forced a coalition of social service organizations to cancel an annual count of homeless people living in Tucson. ... Read more»

Pima County needs volunteers for annual homeless count

The Tucson-Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness is seeking 300 volunteers to fan out around the Tucson area on Jan. 26 and survey those without a permanent roof over their head. ... Read more»

Federal funds needed to help end homelessness in Arizona, advocates say

Affordable housing is crucial to everyone because it provides stability and builds a sense of community, but Arizona needs federal funds to create all types of affordable housing, from emergency shelters to permanent supportive housing for people experiencing homelessness. ... Read more»

Unsafe housing jeopardizes success of community living for chronically mentally ill

In recent years, advocates have adopted the mantra “housing is health care,” saying that a place to live is one of the most important indicators of success for a person with serious mental illness - but for many, that means an unregulated, unlicensed board and care facility.... Read more»

Cities see trash cleanup programs as a way to combat homelessness

As state and local officials struggle to deal with an increase in homelessness caused by the financial stress of the pandemic, some are investing in programs to employ people who don’t have jobs or homes while beautifying streets and neighborhoods.... Read more»

Mesa mayor joins state, local officials to kick off homelessness initiative

Mesa Mayor John Giles was one of a number of leaders from around the country who joined HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge to kick off House America, a new plan that will focus on creating more affordable housing and finding permanent housing for those experiencing homelessness.... Read more»

253,000 Arizonans behind on rent as Supreme Court halts eviction moratorium

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a national eviction moratorium late Thursday comes as an estimated one-fifth of U.S. renters are behind on the rent – including 253,000 in Arizona - and the state is in the midst of a dangerous surge of the COVID-19 pandemic.... Read more»

CDC eviction hold survives appeal to D.C. Circuit

The D.C. Circuit Court served defeat Friday to a group of landlords and realtors challenging the CDC’s fourth extension of the eviction ban - a decision that keeps the fourth extension of the moratorium alive pending a Supreme Court review primed to go a bit differently. ... Read more»

LGBTQ+ youths experiencing homelessness lack community during lockdown

Five to 10% of the homeless population in the nation are youths - and 20 to 40% identify as LGBTQ+ - but while places like the Utah Pride Center provide community and resources for them, they were a challenge to access during the pandemic.... Read more»

Nevertheless, she persisted: Woman keeps helping, despite COVID losses

Kim Holmes, property manager for the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma, has lost 20 blood relatives and many more friends during the COVID-19 pandemic, but uses her own experiences with mental health, abuse and other issues to show up for those who need her most.... Read more»

Defeating despair: Pima constable's fight against growing eviction wave

Pima County Constable Kristen Randall works to keep residents in their homes as an end to the eviction moratorium looms. ... Read more»

Where to get help if you are facing eviction due to the pandemic

Pima County and Tucson city officials have created programs funded by the federal government to help renters and landlords, and there are state programs to mitigate homelessness. The agencies also offer programs to seek employment. ... Read more»

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