Tucson hoping to improve quality of life with Oracle Area Task Force

Tucson hoping to improve quality of life with Oracle Area Task Force

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - As the city of Tucson continues to grow, members of the city council and Mayor Jonathan Rothschild are working to ensure that the city continues to be a great place to live, work, and play. Specifically within Ward 3, the city is working to improve the quality of life for residents through the Oracle Area Task Force.

Because of multiple grants that Ward 3 has gotten in recent years, including the Daniel Rose Fellowship, the Choice Neighborhoods Grant, and a U.S. Department of Justice Crime Reduction Grant, the Oracle Area Task Force was assembled to watch over the resources from those grants and to make sure that they were being put into use.

“It really centers around quality of life. And so anything that interferes with quality of life is a target,” Council member Paul Durham, who represents Ward 3, said of the task force.

Each of the grants that the Oracle Area Task Force handles works to achieve something different.

The Daniel Rose Fellowship works on reaching out to all people within Ward 3 to improve the quality of life in the ward. It comes as part of a just-concluded 1-year fellowship program that provides professional development and leadership training for city officials while they work on challenges related to land use. Thanks in part to the fellowship the ward has been able to hire an employee who coordinates and focuses on the Oracle Area Task Force.

The Choice Neighborhoods Grant gives $1.3 million to the Oracle Area Corridor for planning and neighborhood revitalization. It’s set to remain in place for three years, but it has the potential to be extended and to give $30 million to Tucson for continued revitalization of housing.

The DOJ Crime Reduction Grant, which gives nearly $1 million, helps to fund data-driven, community-oriented strategies aimed at reducing crime in the Oracle Road area. It’s something that Durham says puts his ward on the right track considering that Ward 3 has the highest number of violent crime among all six wards.

Equally as important as the money and planning that comes with the task force, though, is feedback from the local community.

“We really need to involve all residents of this area. So we might be calling, we will be calling on neighborhood associations, on private sector businesses, on nonprofits, to give us their feedback, to give us their input,” Durham said.

To contact Durham you can email ward3@tucsonaz.gov or call (520) 791-4711.

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