FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Supervisor Miller Opposes Using $1.5 Million Annually In General Fund Money For Risky Pilot Program
On April 2, Pima County Supervisor Ally Miller questioned and then voted against a proposal that will use $1.5 million of General Fund monies annually for a highly questionable homeless pilot project for previously incarcerated adults.

Supervisors Elias, Valadez, Bronson, and Christy voted in favor of what appears to be a social experiment.

The following quote can be attributed to Supervisor Miller: 

"This project, as proposed by County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, essentially involves robbing Peter to pay Paul, who might have stolen from Peter in the first place. President Trump has raised tremendous awareness of the injustices in our criminal justice system and the need for reform, which includes helping those recently released from prison. I support those efforts."

"However, I cannot support an experimental program, which uses our taxpayer money, to house those recently released from jail when grant money must be available for programs like this. I can't understand, and received no reasonable explanation from the County Administrator, as to why we did not seek grant funding for this experiment. As a representative of residents in the 5th poorest metropolitan area in the nation, I believe it is unconscionable to use General Fund monies for law breakers' housing when our law-abiding taxpayers are doing without even basic services, like safe roads."
Background
Program Participants, Eligibility:
  • Have been booked into the Pima County Adult Detention Complex (PCADC), 2 + times in the previous 12 months
  • Have a substance use or mental health condition
  • Are currently experiencing homelessness
Program Disqualifiers:

Determining HCV program eligibility, the following three criteria are absolute grounds for denial of assistance for which HCD cannot consider circumstances:
  • Production of methamphetamines on federally subsidized property
  • Subject to a lifetime sex offender registration
  • Households where 100% of the members do not have eligible immigration status (in other words, a group with 99.5% of its members lacking "eligible immigration" status could qualify for the program)
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