The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee monitors diversity, equity, inclusion, and access within the Tucson/Pima homelessness response system and provides expertise and guidance to the CoC Board as it relates to addressing disparity and improving racial equity, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and non-citizen access.

Committee Meetings

All committee meetings are open to the public. Meeting information is available at

Committee Responsibilities

  1. Collaborating with CoC Board and Lead Entities to plan and coordinate equity initiatives within TPCH with particular focus on issues of racial equity, LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and citizenship.
  2. Reviewing existing and proposed TPCH policies and practices; recommending strategies to increase representation from diverse stakeholders and prevent structural of systemic inequities prior to new policy adoption.
  3. Collecting and analyzing quantitative data regarding equity and inclusivity within the local homelessness response system.
  4. Issuing recommendations to improve equitable outcomes for all populations served through the local homelessness response system to the CoC Board.
  5. Collaborating with CoC Lead/Collaborative Applicant and HMIS Lead to issue periodic reports, at least annually, on efforts to address equity and inclusivity within the homelessness response system and the outcomes of those efforts.

Committee Members

Chairperson - Cat Polston, City of Tucson

Alfonzo Lopez, Southern Arizona VA

Laurie Mazerbo, Youth On Their Own

Keona Rose, Youth Collaboratory

Stephanie Santiago, Community Activist

Kristina Abril, Primavera Foundation

Leo Effendi, Direct Center for Independence

Lee Barnhill, Community Advocate 

Cristina Hernandez, City of Tucson

Vacant, Committee Member Seat

Past Meeting Minutes



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