Paul's Note - July 15, 2022

City policy makers hear a lot about aging in place. Many older adults do better when they age in a neighborhood with friends and family nearby rather than in situations which tend to isolate them. The needs of citizens aging in place play a big role in recent changes in both housing and zoning policies.

COVID-19 showed many of us how much of an issue isolation can be. Also, living alone can be a challenge as a person gets older and needs to deal with expenses and chores.

Tucson Home Sharing was founded in 2017 by two great citizens of Tucson, Deb Knox and Sharon Kha. They receive support from groups like the Pima Council on Aging and the American Association of Retired Persons. Their mission is to provide education, outreach and advocacy. Their job isn’t to match someone up with a housemate, but to introduce older adults to the concept of home sharing and to help with things like interview techniques and ads.

They hold gatherings by Zoom and also have in-person sessions twice a month. 84% of their participants are women. Their next session is on July 21st and they will be taking August off and resume in September. You can find more information on their website at tucsonhomesharing.org.

My staff has met with Tucson Home Sharing and we are looking for ways our office can help out. I’ll keep you up to date.

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We’ve been working with Parks and Recreation to get the backboards re-installed at Jesse Owens Park after an incident of vandalism. It wasn’t just a matter of replacing the backboards, but finding one that would be harder to destroy. The new backboards are up. I’d like to thank both Director Lara Hamwey and Mike Hayes of Parks and Recreation for making it happen.

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Registration opens this weekend for KIDCO Afterschool for the 2022-2023 school year. This program from Tucson Parks and Recreation offers safe and structured activities for youth. Planned activities may include sports, games, nutrition, fitness, arts and crafts, performing arts, and special events. Registration for year-round sites (Vail School District) is open now. Registration for all other school year sites will begin Saturday, July 16, at 6 a.m., for City residents and at 8 a.m. for non-City residents. View locations and register online by visiting EZEEreg.com.

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Customers can now apply online for residential clothes washer and premium high-efficiency toilet rebates. This means no more paper and quicker processing times. You can apply at the link below. As of July 1, the residential toilet rebate increased to $100 per premium high-efficiency toilet for homes and buildings constructed before 2011. These toilets must be WaterSense certified, flush no more than 1.1 gallons, and receive high flush performance scores. The clothes washer rebate will now provide customers a $200 rebate only when replacing a top-load machine with a front-load clothes washer from the qualifying product list. Customers replacing a front-load machine or new customers not replacing a machine will be eligible for a $100 rebate. For questions, email pico@tucsonaz.gov, or call (520) 791-4331.