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Dec. 13, 2019

Media Advisory: UArizona Poverty Workshop Hosts Community Forum

  • What: Poverty in Tucson Community Forum
  • When: Tuesday, Dec. 17, 9-11 a.m.
  • Where: Habitat for Humanity Tucson, 3501 N. Mountain Ave.

TUCSON, Ariz. — With home prices on the rise in Tucson, will low-income households be able to find affordable housing? Students from the Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop examined that question and others during semester-long efforts to collect data from low-income households in Tucson. They will present the results at the Poverty in Tucson Community Forum on Tuesday, Dec. 17 at Habitat for Humanity Tucson.

Students in the University of Arizona School of Sociology examined some of the challenges faced by more than 100,000 households living below the federal poverty threshold in Tucson, including issues related to food insecurity, housing and barriers to service access. They also looked at rates of eviction and the impact of experiencing an eviction on residents' future housing options.

"Tucson has a high and unfortunately persistent problem with poverty, with about 25% of our city population living below the poverty threshold," said Brian Mayer, associate professor of sociology and a fellow in the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice.

The Poverty in Tucson Field Workshop was developed to help local governments and nonprofit organizations better understand the causes and consequences of poverty. It is a partnership between the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and local nonprofits, such as Habitat for Humanity Tucson, the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

The forum is free and open to the public.

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Media contacts:
Brian Mayer
School of Sociology
520-626-2190
brianmayer@email.arizona.edu

Lori Harwood
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
520-626-3846
harwoodl@email.arizona.edu

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