Tucson Police Recruiting Businesses to Be Safe Places for LGBT

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is starting a new program called Safe Place, where members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community can go if they've been the victim of a hate crime or fear they might become one. TPD is looking for businesses to sign up and agree to let people stay inside until police arrive. The department is working with the group Tucson Pride, launching the program this weekend during the group’s annual gay pride events.

Prices Increasing for Barrio Homes

The downtown neighborhoods in the 85705 ZIP code, north of downtown along Interstate 10 up to the Flowing Wells area, are seeing prices rise faster than anywhere else in the Tucson area. Some of those home prices have increased by more than 20 percent since the recession, according to an Arizona Daily Star survey of real estate agents and others.

They say young families and professionals are buying the properties due to their close proximity to downtown, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College, bars, and markets.

City Wins Wellness Award

The City of Tucson recently was awarded the "Process, Progress & Leadership in Worksite Health Promotion" award from the Wellness Council of Arizona. The recognition requires strong documentation of outcome-based activities, including increased participation, improved health metrics, reduced risk factors, and return on investment related to decreasing the rising costs of health care. The City partners with CIGNA Healthcare in providing health services to its employees.

It's Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Falls are the leading cause of injury deaths, general injuries, and hospital admissions for trauma among older adults. Falls can take a serious toll on quality of life and independence, which is why the first week of fall is Fall Prevention Awareness Week.

The Tucson Fire Department says one of the easiest ways to prevent falls is to make sure you're wearing properly-sized shoes that can prevent slips and trips.

Pima Animal Care Launches Pet Support Hotline

Pima Animal Care Center (PACC) has a new Pet Support Center hotline that offers residents the resources they need to keep their pets and schedule admission appointments for strays and healthy pets they want to surrender. Three PACC staff members will run the hotline 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. each weekday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. The number is (520) 724-7222.

A $149,350 grant from PetSmart Charities made the Pet Support Center possible.