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Left to Right: Stephanie Smelnick, HUD Field Office Director, Gloria Mallek Yuma County Housing Dept. Director; Martha Garcia, Housing Deputy Director; Maria delos Reyes, Program Coordinator; Barbara Gallegos, HUD Filed Office Program Coordinator, Marta Duron, PHRS/VASH Coordinator.

On 12/18/2014, Yuma County Housing Department (YCHD) was among the eleven (11) HUD AZ partners awarded with the MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Award in recognition of their exemplary practices under the five (5) HUD strategic goals.  This is the second MVP award received by YCHD.  The first MVP Award was received in October 2012.                             .

YCHD received the MVP Awards in the category of “Strengthening the Nation’s Housing Market to Bolster the Economy and Protect Consumers”.  According to Ms. Stephanie Smelnick, Phoenix Field Office Director, HUD’s mission and strategic goals under this category are:  (1) Stemming the foreclosure crisis; (2) Protecting and educating consumers when they buy, refinance, or rent a home; (3) Creating financially sustainable home ownership opportunities; and (4) Establishing an accountable housing finance system.   YCHD has met these goals through its Family Self Sufficiency Program (FSS) for both its Housing Choice Voucher and Public Housing programs.

The Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program was created and funded by HUD to assist low income families achieve economic self-sufficiency.  Eligible families would be of those who are already in the Low Rent Public Housing (PH), Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) programs, or the existing waiting list. The FSS program is designed to assure that participants can improve their knowledge, skills and employability, through the combined efforts of local government, public and private agencies, committed to support very low income families to become self-sufficient.

Since 2005, YCHD can account about 40+ participants who graduated from the program.  Many of whom went on to become homeowners and acquired employment.  The FSS funding of about $113,000 received by Yuma County Housing Department (YCHD) from HUD in FFY2012-2013 created a life-changing experience to more than 128 persons served by these two programs (PH and HCV).  About 86 people are going to college, employed or both.  YCHD and its collaborative partnership with local entities are continuously committed to reinforce and to renovate a person’s life to economic independency and self-sufficiency. 

Mrs. Gloria Mallek, Yuma County Housing Department Director states that “The program gives the participants a pathway to responsibility while slowly taking their benefits away and permanently take them to a place where they no longer need public assistance.  It is economically beneficial to both the participants and the community.  We believe the fulfillment of this goal would also uphold the participant’s spirit, initiative and resilience.”

Advance Incident Command System

Advance Incident Command System

Training and Exercise Office
5636 E. McDowell Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85008
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State Training Offering
MAG400: Advanced Incident Command System
Event # 1001041
Yuma County Border Patrol/Training Room
4151 S. Avenue A, Yuma, AZ 85365
September 20 - 21, 2010
Class Hours: 9/20 0800 – 1700 hours
                   9/21 0800 – 1200 hours

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Description: This course expands upon the material covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300. ICS-400 focuses on large single-agency and complex multi-agency/multi-jurisdictional incident response. The course addresses area command and staff issues, as well as the planning, logistical, and fiscal considerations associated with complex incident management and interagency coordination. Course topics include: Command and General Staff; Deputies and assistants; Unified Command; Organizational relationships between Area Command, Unified Command, Multi Entity Coordination Systems, and Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs). Selection criteria: Persons expected to perform in a management capacity in an area command/complex incident environment.

Prerequisites: Successful completion of IS-700: NIMS, An Introduction, IS-100: Introduction to ICS, IS-200: Basic ICS, and MAG300: Intermediate ICS is required. Please go to   to take these courses

Target Audience: Emergency Management staff; Local, County and State Government Units; Fire, Law Enforcement, EMS, and Hospital providers; School Staff and Administrators; Volunteer Agencies active in disaster or exercise.

Additional Information: This course is a NIMS compliant ICS course.

Registration: Participants must enroll no later than 14 days prior to the start of the course.
Enroll On-Line through ERMA at   First time users will be required to "activate" an account prior to enrollment. You must provide a valid email address and phone number for contact information. Additional information on our online registration system can be found on our website at:

Costs: This training offering is provided at no cost to eligible jurisdictions. ADEM will not provide any overtime, backfill, or travel-related reimbursements for this course.

Course dates and location are subject to change. Check your ERMA account prior to attending for the most current status of this event.


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