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YUMA COUNTY HOUSING DEPARTMENT

ACCEPTS MVP AWARD FROM HUD

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.”

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Become a National Weather Service Storm Spotter!

A free training class will be held in Yuma on Thursday May 5, 2016 that will teach people how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena and contribute to public safety.  Even with sophisticated technology like radar and satellites, we still need ground truth information from trained weather spotters throughout the year.  You will learn about how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how your reports tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the National Weather Service (NWS).  In addition, you will learn about all of the services available from the NWS.  See below for details on time and location.  

Adult volunteers are community minded individuals, who understand that they play an essential role in providing storm information to the National Weather Service.  Anyone can be a spotter and we encourage those that like to pay attention to the weather to become involved. 

In Arizona, the NWS Phoenix Office forecasts for Maricopa, La Paz, Yuma, southern Gila, and northwest Pinal counties.  In southeast California, we forecast for Imperial and Eastern Riverside counties.

                                                                               

Time:                     May 5, 2016   630 pm – 830 pm

Location:     Yuma County Public Health Auditorium

2200 W. 28th Street (West Main Entrance) Yuma Arizona

Registration:  http://goo.gl/forms/IpL4r7ceR0

Immediately following the presentation, completion certificates will be issued and program participation will be confirmed.  If you have any questions, please contact Austin Jamison or Ken Waters at the NWS Phoenix Forecast Office – (602) 275-0073 (option 5) or visit weather.gov/phoenix and click on the link for “Skywarn” on the left hand side of the homepage.

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