4th Annual Poverty in Tucson community forum

    May 10, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am
    Habitat for Humanity
    3501 N Mountain Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85719


    “UA students from the 2018 Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop will be presenting their findings on financial security, household nutrition, and the overall wellbeing of low income households in Tucson. Come discuss how we might do better to help meet the needs of Tucson’s most vulnerable community members.

    Light refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.”



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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for Tucsoncitizen.com for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, www.southernazjapan.org (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Standing room only in a large meeting room at Habitat for Humanity to hear the presentation about Tucson’s poverty, studying 8 Census tracts by 50 students of 350 respondent families. Advisor/professor Brian Mayer spoke first, about this 4th year project. Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said it was good for the students to connect w/ the community and nonprofits present today. He wanted the students to identify needs and to find resources to make a difference. Then Ward 3 Councilman Paul Durham said that poverty was a “serious problem” in his ward, that it is hotter in low income neighborhoods without shade. Prof. Mayer gave overview saying that perception of financial stability was overall declining, 17% of Tucson’s children go hungry, there is a large # of overburdened households. Neighbors in East (central) and North said they were living in not good neighborhoods to raise their kids, that renters were less likely to recommend their neighborhood, and that there is a large # of low income people never used any services/resources. Obviously there’s a lot more to be done in Tucson to alleviate poverty.


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