Paul's Ward 3 News and Updates
Friday, October 30, 2020
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Ward 3 News and Updates
When the pandemic struck Tucson, one of its immediate effects was the rise in the number of families who found themselves having to make hard choices: pay for housing or pay for food. Fortunately, a number of organizations, neighborhood groups and many compassionate individuals stepped into the breach. This week’s newsletter has information on three Ward 3 efforts to provide families with needed food. As everyone knows or should know, Tuesday is Election Day. If you have submitted your mail ballot, thank you for participating in our democracy. If you haven’t, we have vital information so that you can make a plan for Nov. 3. Please vote. Lastly, we have information on how to temporarily and legally avoid eviction. As always, share this newsletter with your family and neighbors. The Ward 3 newsletter is for everyone.
Tuesday, November 3 is Election Day. If you have your early ballot, DO NOT mail it. You can drop off your ballot at one of these early ballot locations during the hours they are open. The most convenient location for Ward 3 residents is the Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N 1st Ave. The other option is to take your ballot to any polling location on Election Day.
If you do not get an early ballot in the mail and plan to vote at the polls, you must ensure that you go to YOUR ASSIGNED polling location. You can look up your polling location here. You may also call the Recorder’s office at (520) 724-4330 to find your polling location. The most common reason that ballots are disqualified is the voter went to the wrong polling location, so please double check.
The polls close at 7 pm on Election Day and all mailed ballots must be into the Recorder’s office at that time. Any ballots received after 7 pm will not be counted. If you are voting at the polls you must be in line by 7 pm, if you are in line at that time you will be allowed to vote.
Per state law posting of results are delayed by one hour after polls close. We should expect to see the first returns by around 8 pm. The results will be posted on Pima County’s Division of Election’s website.
Prince School Pantry
For the family of Melissa Garza, like so many others, this has been a year of anxiety and uncertainty. After the pandemic bulldozed its way into Tucson, Melissa lost her job. Then after a Father’s Day family gathering, she, three of her children, father and mother were infected with the corona virus.
They have since recovered. But the single mom struggled to care for her four children and her father who lives with them.
“There were times when my kids and father ate, and I didn’t,” she said. Melissa looked for help and she found some relief from the Prince School Pantry. “It helps us out a lot.”
Next Friday, Nov. 6, families from Prince Elementary School will be able to receive food from the Prince School Pantry. The food is purchased by the congregation of St. Francis In The Foothills United Methodist Church and delivered by the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.
“The pantry delivers high-value nutritional food,” said Yemen Bernal, Prince School’s social worker.
Enough food will be delivered to support about 100 families, Yemen said. The pantry is not limited to families who have children enrolled at Prince Elementary; anyone is welcome to pick up food from 2-4 p.m., or until the food runs out, Yemen said. It’s first come, first serve.
Melissa said the food, which includes canned protein, dry and canned beans, and fruit and produce, provide enough family meals for a couple of days. “It helps us out a lot,” she said.
The food is a critical component of Prince School’s outreach and support of its students and families. The pantry, which is open once a month, began in January. But when the pandemic arrived, the pantry, like nearly everything else changed.
The pantry went outdoors.
Instead of volunteers from St. Francis distributing the food, the school’s staff – as it has in all other manners and occasions – stepped up to hand out the food outside the school building. Food is distributed in a no-contact, drive-through manner.
Yemen gave her school colleagues much-deserved kudos. “What we do well is to find a way to do what it takes.”
Not only has the pandemic upended people’s lives and livelihoods, it also tore down the curtain to reveal deep and wide disparities in our community and across the country. Many families and individuals who relied on their pay checks, lost their income. Others had their wages cut. Many faced eviction threats or were evicted after they lost wages. While others had the privilege of working virtually and safely at home, low-paid essential workers tended to their jobs while reconfiguring their lives and put themselves at risk of contracting the virus.
For some if not many families, food became a luxury. The Prince Pantry gives these families a bit of breathing room and good food.
“Hungry is hungry,” Yemen said.
The pantry distributes the amount of food according to the number of people in the family, Yemen said. In January, at the initial pantry, the food ran out in 45 minutes. At the September and October pantries, Yemen said the food did not run out. She’s unsure what the demand will be next week when the pantry opens. It will be the first time that Prince students are in class. The Amphi School District went on a “hybrid” class schedule earlier this month.
Prince’s enrollment is under 500 students, about 150 less than when the pandemic rolled into Tucson. The families come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and countries. Yemen said that the students speak 25 different languages.
But they all share one common challenge: navigating the pandemic.
Food is also being distributed at the New Life Community Church of the Nazarene.
The church will distribute food every Thursday at noon. The church will provide 48 boxes of perishable items, including milk and eggs.
Anyone interested in receiving the food, please call the church office during the week before noon on Thursday to sign up. The number is 520-887-8859. The office is open from 9 a.m. to noon on Monday through Thursday.
The church is located at 3367 N. Geronimo, at the intersection with Mohave.
Tucson Food Share
In another food-related item for Ward 3, Tucson Food Share will begin distributing food tomorrow, Saturday Oct. 31, from its new location at 101 E. Ventura St., two blocks east of Stone Avenue and Ventura. Its hours will be Monday 5-7 pm, Thursday 5-7 pm, Saturday, 9-11 am.
Recipients do not need to prove their income or show any kind of identification. Food is available to anyone.
Tucson Food Share is a collective effort. It does not rely on government or corporate support. It is organized and operated by volunteers. It provides needed food without judgment to anyone who asks. To volunteer go here. To donate go here.
If you or someone you know cannot pick up food, Tucson Food Share will deliver. For more information and to sign up go here.
Governor Ducey’s Eviction Moratorium and Housing Instability in Tucson
We know many residents are worried about what will happen on November 1, 2020 once Governor Ducey’s Eviction Moratorium is lifted. Thankfully, the constables working with City of Tucson residents, as well as the Ward 3 office, have already guided numerous vulnerable residents through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regulations related to evictions.
Below you will find information related to the CDC regulation. Next week we will provide you with additional information regarding how to access rental and utility assistance.
Eviction Prevention: A how to guide
In September the CDC ordered landlords to stop evicting tenants for non-payment of rent in many cases. It is important to note that this requirement ends on December 31, 2020. All back rent will become due at that time. For that reason tenants are strongly encouraged to seek out a payment plan with their landlord early on.
CDC Eviction Moratorium Eligibility:
You can be covered by this protection if ALL of the following are true:
You have applied, tried to apply, or are ineligible for rental assistance from the government. (Stay tuned for more on this next week.)
You believe your income this year will be $99,000 or less than $198,000 if filing jointly.
You didn’t have to file a tax return in 2019 or you received a stimulus check this year.
You or someone in your household has lost income recently due to either loss of work, loss of hours or unusually high medical expenses.
You are doing your best to pay your rent and will pay a partial payment if you are able to afford it.
You will have to move somewhere where you will be closer to other people if you are evicted (like staying with family, friends, or at a homeless shelter).
Do these apply to you? If so you should complete the CDC Declaration Form. To properly complete the declaration, make sure to:
Have every adult named in your lease sign a copy of the form.
Give a copy to your landlord or property manager, and document their receipt. Keep proof that you gave it to them! You may need it for a court hearing or to stop a set-out.
o If you give it to them in person, make sure you have proof--bring a witness, take a video, or bring an extra copy for you landlord to sign.
o If you send an email or text message, save their response and request a read receipt if possible.
o If you want to mail it, go to the post office and get a certificate of mailing. This may be the easiest way if your landlord is trying to avoid or ignore you.
You can still be evicted for other reasons.
This moratorium allows for a deferment of evictions, your landlord can still file for an eviction during the moratorium and it will be acted upon in 2021. To avoid being homeless in January, you’ll need to work out a payment plan with your landlord or access adequate rental assistance to pay the back-rent. Talk with your landlord early on in the process.
Pet of the Week
This week we celebrated National Black Cat Day and so it just makes sense that the Pet of the Week is a black cat. Binx is at Pima Animal Care Center and is ready to celebrate with you. Historically, black cats are the least likely to be adopted but you can change that by adopting this 4-year-old handsome guy. Make today Binx’s lucky day.
To adopt Binx, please submit an adoption survey and schedule an appointment using the link found in the survey confirmation email. Please email email@example.com with questions.
A black cat crossing your path signifies that the animal is going somewhere.
- Groucho Marx
- Groucho Marx
Ward 3 Neighborhood Association/Coalition Meetings
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Ward 3 Events
Neighborhood Webinar Series
The Ward 3 office is hosting a series of webinars designed to help neighborhoods and their associations build capacity and functionality in a world where the games have changed due to COVID-19.
Sessions will touch on social media, e-newsletters, COVID-19 compatible events and inclusivity. The first session of the series will be an overview and will include brainstorming an open dialogue and the second will be a tutorial and information session on conducting and hosting digital meetings.
Please register for the session by clicking the link below. We look forward to seeing you virtually!
City Wide Events
Black-Owned Business Showcase
Pima Community College Workforce Development invites you to join live online on Monday, November 2, from 5-6 pm via Zoom for a special virtual event showcasing local Black-owned businesses featuring:
Nick Arcade, owner of the shop Black Broccoli
Desiree Cook, founder and executive director of I Am You 360
Jamella Gory, owner of beautyadditions
This FREE virtual even shares the experiences of three local entrepreneurs who have found themselves doing what they love most: working for themselves by creating their own businesses. Come learn what it takes to launch your own business and about internship opportunities with local Black-owned businesses.
Did You Know?
Call to Artists for Mural Project
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA), a local public charity, is seeking a collaborative artist team to create a mural on a tower of their Community Foundation Campus (CF Campus) headquarters.
The mural must represent the values of the CFSA (Collaborative, Innovative, and Effective Leadership; Integrity; Stewardship and Service; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Fun) and the overall diverse and vibrant communities in Southern Arizona.
As a community-based organization, the collaborative nature of the project is highly valued, and preference will be given to diverse artist teams that represent our local community, and include local artists and Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists.
Open Studio Tours Artist Registration
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA) will have their annual Open Studio Tours (OST) Virtually. Through Zoom tours, photos, videos, and workshops, the public is encouraged to get inspired by local artists by peeking into their studio spaces through Zoom tours, videos, photos, and workshops. If you are an artist you have until November 20 to register to include your studio in the tours.
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