Housing for Refugees forum on July 7


Hosted by Iskashitaa Refugee Network and Southwest Fair Housing Council.

“We invite you to join us on Friday, July 7 at 3:00 pm for a dialogue about the housing needs of refugee families coming to Tucson. We will talk about the experiences of refugee families and Tucson landlords as they encounter and manage expectations of each other and face the inevitable issues that come with apartment living. We also hope to explore the long-term housing picture for these families—home ownership, public housing, and/or more permanent leasing arrangements.
Our ultimate goal is to learn from one another what is and is not working, and create a vision for improving and stabilizing refugee housing opportunities in the future.
We are inviting housing providers, resettlement agencies, and refugees themselves to come be a part of this important conversation. Come and help us assess the current housing situation of refugees and plan for a bright housing future!”


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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).