2018 is already off to a busy start

Welcome to the second installment of our monthly newsletter, The Coalition Connection!

We know you're busy, so we'll get right down to business with all the latest happenings in affordable housing and homelessness policy, advocacy, and action. 

(Miss our first issue? Click HERE to catch up.)

BE AN ADVOCACY ALL-STAR: Join us for our most important advocacy event of the year

We're nearly one month into the Arizona State Legislature, which has not been without its twists and turns this session. As our Legislative Advocacy Committee continues to track a number of bills moving through various committees and readings, we hope you'll join us to discuss these bills in depth, as well as learn more about the legislative process and how YOU can be an effective advocate. 

Meet Your Legislators Day
for Housing & Homelessness Advocates

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

Coalition Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $15.00

This event is open to all Coalition Members and supporters, and is limited to 40 attendees total, and is expected to fill up quickly. For this reason, attendance is limited to a maximum of two (2) representatives per organization, with priority given to Coalition Member Agencies.

WHY SHOULD I ATTEND?

During the State of the State, Governor Ducey highlighted his priorities in spending Arizona’s $10.1 billion budget. As expected, Governor Ducey wants to direct a significant portion to K-12 public education. Additional priorities include making the streets safer, renovations to state parks, increasing access to lottery games, and funding for transportation to increase access to healthy food, especially in rural communities. Glaringly absent is restoration of funding to programs like the state housing trust fund or stagnant funding to homeless services in the face of increasing need. Because of this absence, we must be the missing voice of advocacy to ensure these important policy priorities no longer continue to be overlooked.

The Arizona Housing Coalition is busy analyzing the Governor’s budget proposal and the Legislature’s budget baseline, in addition to tracking over two dozen bills that have an impact in the creation of affordable homes or housing supports. If you’d like to follow along with us and weigh in on legislation of interest, please consider joining us at the “Meet Your Legislators Day for Housing and Homelessness Advocates” on Thursday, March 1st, or consider joining the Arizona Housing Coalition’s Legislative Advocacy Committee.


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MORE STATE & FEDERAL UPDATES

Still looking for more ways, or more reasons, to be the best advocate you can be? Check out our Advocacy Alerts from January & February for more state and federal updates, complete with more 'Take Action' items -- specific actions YOU can take to help us end homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans. 

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KEEPING YOU INFORMED

And don't forget, we're 'unjumbling the jargon' of the affordable housing and homeless service sectors every Monday on our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, so we can all be the most educated, informed advocates we can be! #unjumblejargon

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WE ARE HIRING!

Looking for a rewarding career? We at the Arizona Housing Coalition are seeking a highly motivated professional to provide administrative support and oversight as our full-time Administrative Coordinator. 
Learn more and apply: azhousingcoalition.org/jobs

We look forward to working alongside each of you throughout 2018 to advance our mission of ending homelessness by advocating for safe, affordable homes for ALL Arizonans. 

UPCOMING EVENTS & TRAININGS

Our 2018 calendar is filling up fast -- and even more is in development! Check out these upcoming happenings in the field of affordable housing and homelessness policy, advocacy, and service delivery.

Questions about our upcoming events? Contact us at info@azhousingcoalition.org

DATE EVENT  LOCATION
Thurs,
2/15
SPDAT Training (Single Adults)

MORE INFO & REGISTER
PHOENIX
Maricopa Association of Governments (Ironwood Room)
302 N. 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Wed, 
2/28 
Maricopa County StandDown Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast & After Action Report 

MORE INFO & RSVP
PHOENIX 
Valley of the Sun United Way
3200 E. Camelback, #375
Phoenix, AZ 85018 
Thurs,
3/1
Meet Your Legislators Day 

MORE INFO & REGISTER
PHOENIX
Arizona State Capitol Complex (House Side - Cactus Wren Room) 
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Fri & Sat,
3/2-3
Tri-State StandDown 

MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
BULLHEAD CITY
Bullhead Community Park 
1251 Hwy 95, Bullhead City 86429
Thurs-Sat,
3/15-17 
Tucson Veterans Serving Veterans StandDown & Resource Fair 

MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
TUCSON
NEW LOCATION:
Grand Luxe Hotel
1365 W. Grant Rd, Tucson 85745
Sat,
3/17
Pinal County StandDown 

MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
FLORENCE
National Guard Armory Browning/Miller Readiness Center
20252 N Hwy 79
Florence, AZ 85132
Mid-Late MarchQuarterly Member Meeting

DETAILS COMING SOON!
Statewide Location TBD
Tues,
4/3
AZ Gives Day Phone Bank FUNdraiser 

MORE INFO | REGISTER
PHOENIX/STATEWIDE 
(or the comforts of your couch!)
AZHC/AVSA Office
141 E. Palm Lane, Suite #105
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Thurs,
4/19
SPDAT Training (Single Adults)

REGISTRATION OPENS 3/19
PHOENIX
Maricopa Association of Governments (Ironwood Room)
302 N. 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
Tues-Thurs,
4/24-28
Housing Counseling Essentials for the Beginning Counselor 
SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: 2/18/18

EVENT FLYER | REGISTER 
PHOENIX 
Take Charge America 
20620 N. 19th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Fri,
5/18
High Country StandDown 

MORE INFO | EVENT FLYER 
FLAGSTAFF
Flagstaff Armory
320 N. Thorpe Road
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Thurs, 
6/14
SPDAT Training (Single Adults)

REGISTRATION OPENS 5/14 
PHOENIX
Maricopa Association of Governments (Ironwood Room)
302 N. 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003
SAVE THE DATE
Wed,
8/22
2018 Annual Networking & Golf Outing

MORE INFO 
TUCSON
Starr Pass Golf Club at the
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3645 W. Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 85745 
SAVE THE DATE
Thurs,
8/23
Annual Member Meeting & Networking Reception

MORE INFO
TUCSON
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3645 W. Starr Pass Boulevard
Tucson, Arizona 8574
SAVE THE DATE
Tues & Wed,
11/13-14
25th Annual Statewide Conference
Featuring Keynote Speaker, Mr. Richard Rothstein, author of "The Color of Law"


MORE INFO
PHOENIX
Location still TBD

NEW THIS YEAR!:
Healthy Communities Track 

If you'd like to help shape the training curriculum and conference offerings of the Arizona Housing Coalition, please consider joining our Conference Planning Committee by contacting Sylvia Waynick for more information.