Yuma event kicks off Arizona housing-focused storytelling series

A series of three statewide events kicking off in Yuma this week will focus on affordable housing challenges around the state — and on identifying potential solutions.

“Maxed Out: The Story of Affordable Housing in Yuma” will be followed this year by similar events in Flagstaff and Phoenix. The events also will include a dose of “how we got here” as told through local storytellers.

“We’re excited to present local Yumans who are going to share their family history in Yuma along with expert panels that will talk about what the future of housing looks like as we continue to build our community history,” said Veronica Shorr, regional director for the Arizona Community Foundation of Yuma.

The event, on Thursday, April 21, is sponsored by the Arizona Community Foundation; Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute of Public Policy; The Arizona Republic; The Yuma Sun; KAWC, Southwest Arizona’s NPR affiliate; and Yuma’s NexGen leadership council.

Coverage of housing insecurity on azcentral.com and in The Arizona Republic is supported by a grant from the Arizona Community Foundation.

Morrison Institute housing and history research will inform and guide the programming in Yuma this week and at similar events this year.

Storytellers have been coached by The Republic’s Storytellers Project, a series that has given more than 1,000 Arizonans an opportunity to tell authentic, first-person stories on stages in Phoenix, Tucson and Grand Canyon National Park.

Maxed Out: The Story of Affordable Housing in Yuma

What it is: An evening of storytelling and conversation about housing challenges. First of three similar events in Arizona this year.

When: Thursday, April 21. Doors open at 5:30 pm, show at 6 pm Reception to follow about 7:30 pm

Where: Historic Yuma Theater, 254 S. Main St., downtown Yuma.

Tickets: Free but limited. Available online only at yumasun.com/local-events.

Questions: [email protected], (928) 539-5343.

Yuma Sun reporter Sisko J. Stargazer can be reached at 928-539-6849 or [email protected]

Published 1:28pm UTC Apr 18, 2022
Updated 1:28pm UTC Apr 18, 2022

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