Paul's Note: November 10, 2020

This is a special edition of our weekly Ward 3 newsletter in recognition that tomorrow, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day. All City of Tucson offices, except for emergency services, will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11. Residential and commercial trash and recycling will not be collected tomorrow. Customers with regular Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday collections will have their pickups delayed by one day. Transit services will run on a regular weekday schedule.
 
 
Photo courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star. Published November, 2015.
 
On behalf of Council Member Paul Durham we pay our respects and honor the many men and women who have served or presently serve in the U.S. military. Walk through Evergreen and Holy Hope cemeteries, both located on North Oracle Road in Ward 3, and you can’t help but see the gravesites of veterans who have served during times of peace and war. Veterans are a considerable portion of Ward 3 residents, many of whom are active in their neighborhoods. And a good number of veterans, who have encountered difficult financial situations, live in subsidized housing or have no place to call home and can be found on city streets and alleys.
 
If you know of a veteran in need of housing assistance, the City of Tucson’s Housing and Community Development operates the HUD -Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program. It combines Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) rental assistance for homeless Veterans with case management and clinical services provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Services are provided for participating Veterans at VA medical centers and community-based outreach clinics. Veterans should contact their VA representative for more information and to get a referral for the program.
 
In addition, Pima County offers veterans employment services. One of the services is the Kino Veterans’ Workforce Center, at 2801 E. Ajo Way. The center helps veterans find jobs, get training, secure benefits, and provide needed support services. For more information call 520-724-2646.
 
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the annual downtown Veterans Day parade has been cancelled. In its place the American Legion Raiders Post 7, 330 W. Franklin Street, will hold an open house at 11 am tomorrow.
 
Apart from Veterans Day, we would like to remind Ward 3 residents (and residents from other wards) that the Ward 3 office will hold its second virtual session on enhancing neighbors’ engagement skills and knowledge. The second session will be held Thursday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 pm. Registration is required.
 
 
The Ward 3 office, on behalf of Council Member Paul Durham, extends its congratulations to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and to Arizona Senator-elect Mark Kelly. While the final vote counts have not been certified, both Biden and Kelly are the expected winners.
 
Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president on Jan. 20, 2021. Kelly is expected to be sworn in as soon as election results are certified because McSally was temporarily filling the seat held by the late Sen. John McCain. Kelly will finish the last two years of McCain’s term and then face reelection in 2022.
 
The Ward office thanks those residents who voted and who also participated in the electoral process as poll workers on Election Day. The Ward office also encourages others to participate in the civic process, and for everyone to practice kindness and respect for each other.
 
Friday we will send out an abbreviated weekly newsletter with information, and announcements of events and activities in the Ward or other parts of Tucson.