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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.”

Yuma County Local Emergency Planning Committee


Pursuant to Title III of the Federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA) of 1986 (PL 99- 499), the following information is provided in compliance with the Community Right-to-Know

requirements of the SARA Law, Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, and the open meetings and records provisions of Arizona Revised Statutes. §49-1 Article 2.


County Local Emergency Planning Committee


Notice is hereby given to members of the above Committee and to the general public that the Yuma County LEPC seeks to uphold a regular meeting, scheduled for:


DATE:        Thursday June 13, 2019 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
PLACE:     Yuma County Public Health Auditorium
                  2200 W. 28th Street, Yuma AZ  85364


The Committee reserves the right to change the order of items on the agenda, with the exception of public hearings set for a specific time. Committee members may vote to go into Executive Session (not open to the public), for legal advice concerning any matter on the agenda, discuss information exempt by law from public inspection, including the receipt of data or testimony that is specifically required to be maintained as confidential by state or federal authority. A.R.S. (A.R.S.) 38- 431.02, & 38-431.03 A.1-A.7



The Yuma County Local Emergency Planning Committee provides a forum for emergency management, first responders, community industries and citizens to engage and provide information about chemicals and potential risks in the community, develop emergency plans in the event of an accidental release and look at ways to prevent chemical accidents.

EPCRA Sections 311-312, requires local industry representatives to report hazardous chemicals used, transporting, or stored in their workplace or facilities, and maintain an MSDS. Inventory reports of these chemicals must be submitted to their State Emergency Response Commission (SERC), Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) and local fire department, by March 1st of every year. This information will be made available to the public.


To request a copy of the session or written materials, contact Yuma County Office of Emergency Management, by phone: 928-317-4681.

For information on the Yuma County Local Emergency Planning Committee, contact Tony Badilla, Emergency Management Director/LEPC Coordinator at


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