Happy New Year!
I’d like to announce a new member of my staff, Patrick Burns. Pat has previously worked for Mayor Rothschild and has already hit the ground running helping with grant applications. Welcome to the Ward 2 staff, Pat.
Every year, Tucson does an annual count of our city’s homeless. This year’s count is coming up at the end of this month and volunteers are needed.
This year’s count, called “Everyone Counts 2022!,” is being done by the City of Tucson in cooperation with the Tucson Pima Collaboration to End Homelessness (a coalition of community- and faith-based organizations, government entities, businesses, and individuals) and the University of Arizona Southwest institute on Research on Women.
The count is scheduled from 6-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 26. The Point-In-Time Count is an annual count of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Pima County on a given day and is conducted by TPCH. Volunteers must participate in a mandatory virtual training prior to the event.
Teams of volunteers and experts will canvas assigned routes throughout the community and conduct brief surveys with people who slept outside or in other places not meant for human habitation the night before the count. Volunteers do not need prior experience but must be age 18 or older, have comfort and experience using a smart phone or tablet, and have a desire to help end homelessness in Pima County. Strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be in place for the count.
Community members can learn more about the count and register to volunteer at www.tpch.net/everyone-counts-2022.
The annual count is required as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Continuum of Care program, which provides TPCH and agencies in Pima County approximately $10.63 million in federal funds to address homelessness each year. It is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness and provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers and state and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing trauma and dislocation. It promotes access to and effective utilization of mainstream programs to help individuals and families achieve self-sufficiency.
The City of Tucson is partnering with the American Friends Service Committee for the Reimagining Community Safety Survey. This will help inform the Community Safety, Health and Wellness Program and tackle racial injustice and inequity for communities of color. The City will use its findings to drive progress toward a more equitable justice system by organizing affected communities in Tucson to generate their own evidence of what constitutes safety in their neighborhoods. This extensive community outreach and input are vital for the City of Tucson to better serve its residents. The survey will be accepting responses for the next six months. To participate, click here.