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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.”

Yuma County Parks and Recreations Advisory Commission Meeting Agenda

Yuma County Department of Public Works

HIGHWAYS * SOLID WASTE * FLEET MANAGEMENT * IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS

 

MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA
Pursuant to Arizona Revised Statutes §38-431, et. seq.
And amendments thereto,
A REGULAR SESSION of the
YUMA COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION ADVISORY COMMISSION

Will be held on
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019 at 05:30 P.M.

At

YUMA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
4343 SOUTH AVENUE 5 ½ E
YUMA, ARIZONA 85365

Meeting Agenda

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 

PRESENTATIONS: Note: During this segment of the agenda, Commission members may discuss the presentation(s). No legal actions will be taken.

  1. Review of purpose for the Yuma County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission with Joshua Scott, Public Works Director from Public Works.

  2. Foothills Park Group presentation of Foothills Park vision, within the Foothills area.

 

DISCUSSION AND ACTION ITEMS: The Commission will open each of the following items separately for discussion and possible action, as appropriate.

 

  1. Approval of meeting minutes for February 13, 2019 meeting.

     

  2. Elect new Chairperson for the Yuma County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. (Current Chairperson resigned from the board effective 03/13/19)

     

  3. Elect new Vice- Chairperson for the Yuma Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission. (If current vice-chair is voted as Chairperson)

     

  4. Optimist Club’s request for proposed implementation of playground equipment in Optimist Park, within Mesa Del Sol. Discussion and Commissions possible recommendation to the Board of Supervisors would be subject to compliance with ADA standards, legal counsel review, permitting, and building inspectors review and inspection.

     

  5. Discussion of Parks Visits by Individual Commissioners. This is to discuss the condition of each park and areas of improvement needed.


ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDAS:

  1. Commission members may direct staff to place matters on future agendas.

 

ADJOURNMENT.

 

 Copies of the agenda background material provided to Commission members is available for public inspection at Yuma County Department of Public Works, 4343 South Ave 5 ½ E, Yuma, Arizona
The Committee may vote to hold an Executive Session for the purpose of obtaining legal advice from the Board's attorney on any matter listed on the agenda, pursuant to Arizona Revised Statute §38-431.03(A)(3).

 

Note: For further information about this public hearing/meeting, please contact Bobby Lambert, phone number (928) 817-2500; or e-mail bobby.lambert@yumacountyaz.gov.  Persons with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations by contacting Shannon Gunderman, ADA Coordinator at 928.373.1137.  Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.

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