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Tucson homeless missing out on FEMA donation

Local groups asking public to donate blankets
Posted at 6:04 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-14 12:19:14-05

In Pima County, the homeless people will live with the consequences of gridlock on Capitol Hill.

In the past, FEMA supplied about 10,000 bio-degradable blankets to Tucson homeless groups to give people for the winter. But many disasters this year forced FEMA to give away more blankets and the budget for more blankets hasn't been authorized by Congress yet local groups say. 

Art Gage, co-chairperson of the Tucson Pima Coalition to End Homelessness found out late last week, “We ordered [the blankets] long before but they were out of them.”

He says if Congress authorizes FEMA to buy and ship the blankets it still might be too late to help. “Had they passed a budget then we would be able to get them but we still wouldn’t get them in time for a big chunk of our winter.”

If you’d like to help donations can be dropped off these locations:

  • Any City of Tucson ward offices
  • Sacred Heart Church, 601 W. Ft. Lowell Road
  • La Frontera Center RAPP Team, 1101 E. Broadway Blvd. #130
  • TPCH at CPI Care Coordination, 2502 N. Dodge Blvd.