TUCSON - Tucson Ward 5 Councilmember applauds Arizona District 2 Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick, who lead a successful effort to get 10,000 disaster blankets for our most needy, vulnerable and homeless population in Tucson and Pima County,
Councilmember Fimbres was made aware of the blanket shortage and situation in meetings with city staff, who informed the Councilmember the blankets were being held up. The Department of Defense (DoD) is the federal agency that oversees the homeless and disaster blanket program.
Councilmember Fimbres acted quickly, getting in contact with Congresswoman, Ann Kirkpatrick and her staff, requesting assistance on this and to get the blankets to Tucson and Pima County.
Congresswoman Kirkpatrick’s office intervened with the Department of Defense, and Congresswoman Kirkpatrick’s office reported that DoD officials are ready to fill the order of 10,000 disaster blankets and are working with the Salvation Army of Tucson to coordinate delivery.
"I want to thank Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick for her swift action to help get the needed 10,000 disaster blankets for Tucson and Pima County," said Councilmember Richard Fimbres. "These blankets will help the most needy, vulnerable and homeless population in Tucson and Pima County."
In addition, the Homeless Blankets (HB) program is currently active and will be funded in FY21 and current stock will be utilized until the FY21 Budget is passed by Congress.
This was the second time in four years that Tucson faced a disaster blanket shortage.
In 2016, federal officials had diverted 10,000 emergency blankets from the city. Councilmember Fimbres worked with our Congressional delegation and the City’s federal lobbyists to resolve the delay. Federal officials sent 11,400 blankets to the City in late December 2016. Councilmember Fimbres also put out a community appeal, for which businesses and the community donated 4,000 new blankets to help out then.
“I want to thank our federal lobbyists Tracy Tucker, and Bracy, Tucker, Brown and Valanzano for their work on this important community matter,” said Councilmember Richard Fimbres. “With their work, we were able to get our allotment of blankets then and now.”