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Phoenix’s Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (OHRM or HeatReadyPHX) is leading the efforts of the hottest large city in the United States to fight the growing hazard of urban heat. ​OHRM focuses on both heat response (helping people cope with hot weather) and heat mitigation (cooling the city and making it more comfortable).

During all seasons of the year, HeatReadyPHX coordinates programs and policies to help lower urban temperatures and protect public health. It also tracks trends, collects data, and collaborates with other governments and organizations to share ideas and solutions when it comes to dealing with heat. Click the image below to apply for our tree grant programs.



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Get Involved! Grant Funds are Available to add more trees and shade in Phoenix. We are looking to fund projects in neighborhoods with low tree and shade coverage throughout the City. 

As part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the City of Phoenix is offering two grant opportunities to increase tree and shade coverage in Phoenix. The grant programs are: Community Canopy and Canopy for Kids.



 

 

City Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2387Human Services6/16/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2387/Newsroom_HumanServices_005.jpgCity Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix <div class="ExternalClass0721CA2FA6EF4C85B0000F2AD5C2B4B4"><p> The City of Phoenix is proactively working to reverse the trend of increasing heat-related deaths in Maricopa County and save lives this summer by increasing resources dedicated to heat respite. In 2021, there were 338 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County. Of those, 130 (42%) were among people experiencing homelessness. The number of heat-associated deaths among those experiencing homelessness declined by 24% from 2020 to 2021 while the overall number of heat-associated deaths continued to rise.</p><p> The City is dedicated to providing safe places where people in need can go to cool down during the hot summer months. That includes providing heat respite for more than 1,600 people during the day and 1,180 people at night, either through direct funding or partnerships with Maricopa County and non-profit agencies. In 2022, the City has added the following new resources: </p><ul><li><p> A total of four new shade structures at the Human Services Campus (HSC). There is an enclosed shade structure with air conditioning at 9th Avenue and Jackson which can serve 120 people during the day. There are also three new additional shade structures with evaporative cooling on the Campus lawn and at 12th Avenue and Madison, which can serve 200 people during the day. People do not need an HSC identification card, or any ID, to access the cooling tents at 9th Avenue and Jackson or at 12th Avenue and Madison. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (OHRM) is distributing high-quality, insulated, reusable water bottles; hats; sunscreen; personal misters; and cooling towels to those who are in need around the Human Services Campus, and across the city. Volunteers with the We're Cool program are helping distribute supplies on the streets several times each week.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p> OHRM has also provided 30,000 of the above-mentioned heat relief items free of charge to 30 community nonprofit organizations that in turn help distribute the items through their own outreach efforts. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City provided additional ice chests and water for distribution at the Human Services Campus located at 9th Avenue and Jackson and 12th Avenue and Madison.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City identified a vacant building at 2739 E. Washington St. and quickly created a 24/7 heat respite center for 200 people which opened in mid-May. The shelter provides wraparound services and is unique in that it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter and in the area surrounding the Human Services Campus. $16 million of the approved ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan is dedicated to keeping this facility open beyond the summer for an additional two years, through at least December 2024. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City funded the new $1.6 million Respiro Structure, which opened in March at the Human Services Campus, adding 100 shelter beds to provide day and nighttime respite for people experiencing homelessness. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City funded 175 new beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), expanding its capacity to 600 people. The City also worked with CASS to expand services to include daytime heat respite instead of offering respite only at night. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> OHRM developed an outreach plan in coordination with the Human Services Department (HSD) for those around the Human Services Campus. The goals are as follows: </p></li></ul><ul><ul><li><p> Guide individuals to the new, enclosed cooling tent and other available resources via direct contacts and signage</p></li><li><p> Provide heat relief supplies at/near the cooling tent</p></li><li><p> Monitor use of shade/cooling/water areas on and around HSC </p></li><li><p> Collect temperature/thermal comfort measurements in various shade/cooling area</p></li><li><p>Provide information about additional nearby cooling centers and hydration stations if needed.</p></li></ul></ul><ul><li><p> The City provided additional funding to the Human Services Campus and Community Bridges, Inc. for outreach teams focused on engaging people who are unsheltered and encouraging people to come to safe, indoor spaces. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> On June 7, the Phoenix City Council approved an additional $70.5 million in affordable housing and homelessness projects as part of the City's ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan. An additional $9M was committed in the ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan to tree and shade initiatives that will contribute to long-term heat mitigation and thermal comfort for residents and visitors. The City had previously dedicated $50 million to homeless solutions in the fiscal year 2021-22 </p></li></ul><p> Additionally, the City works with several community partners to continue previously-offered heat relief options including: </p><ul><li><p> The Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC) at the Human Services Campus provides day and night heat relief for 100 people. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> St. Vincent de Paul provides day and night heat relief for 180 people in its dining hall. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The Justa Center provides daytime heat respite for 120 people. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City of Phoenix is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)'s regional Heat Relief Network, which offers cooling centers and hydration stations to people in need throughout the County. More than 50 of the 100+ cooling centers are within Phoenix city limits. <br></p></li><li><p> Free transportation to cooling centers and hydration stations is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by calling 2-1-1, thanks to a generous contribution from Arizona Public Service (APS). <br></p></li><li><p> The City invites participation in direct heat relief outreach efforts to vulnerable community members through the We're Cool and Cool Callers programs. Those interested to participate can learn more and sign up at phoenix.gov/volunteer. </p></li></ul><p> To learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit <a target="_blank" href="/heatsite"> Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/"> HeatAZ.org</a>.</p><p>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network:<a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">hrn.azmag.gov</a>.<br></p><p> View heat-health data: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404"> https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404</a>.<br></p></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-services
Free Heat Relief Supplies Available to Community Organizationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2379Environment & Sustainability6/9/2022 7:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2379/Newsroom _OHRM_1.jpgFree Heat Relief Supplies Available to Community Organizations<div class="ExternalClass1649ECD62B394A4CA747782B4CEC0253"><html> <span style="font-size:12pt;">​</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">With temperatures already reaching beyond 110° for the first time this year, Phoenix's Office of Heat Response and Mitigation is teaming up with local nonprofit and charitable organizations to get heat relief supplies to the people who need them most.</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Organizations that conduct heat relief outreach efforts in Maricopa County are invited to request free heat relief supplies newly available from the City of Phoenix. Available items include supplies for individuals, such as hats, misters, and sunscreen, as well as supplies for organizations and facilities, including coolers, insulated backpacks, and wagons. Organizations are also invited to suggest additional items to be made available for community outreach. </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The City of Phoenix has already filled requests heat relief supplies from 18 different community organizations over the past week.</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“Those organizations have been getting critical resources out to community members ahead of and during the first excessive heat wave of 2022," said Heat Response Director David Hondula.</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Some of the supplies distributed include:</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">More than 1800 insulated water bottles</span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">More than 2000 wide-brimmed hats</span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">More than 4500 spray sunscreens</span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">More than 500 personal misters</span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">More than 4500 cooling towels</span></li></ul><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The full list of available items, as well as terms of participation, are available on the <a target="_blank" href="https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a6WU0k7EIYRPpBJ3RtumS-dUN1VDWFBVVFMwUTBPTERGVlBUMjRNOERGTy4u">online request form</a>. Participating organizations should be prepared to comply with federal reporting requirements as coordinated by the City of Phoenix. </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> Click <a target="_blank" href="https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0a6WU0k7EIYRPpBJ3RtumS-dUN1VDWFBVVFMwUTBPTERGVlBUMjRNOERGTy4u">HERE​</a> to request supplies.</span><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs
Phoenix Receives Major Donation for Urban Foresthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2197Environment & Sustainability1/6/2022 10:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2197/Newsroom_Heat_001.jpgPhoenix Receives Major Donation for Urban Forest<div class="ExternalClass01C0115A7C9940378455D79ABD3EE2EC"><html> <div></div>In a commitment to tree equity and fighting extreme heat, the city of Phoenix will receive up to half a million dollars in donations for tree planting projects across the city. The funds will be coming through a partnership with <a href="https://give.americanforests.org/ways-to-give/donate-now/?amount=35&source_code=2021_1XAds_GS&msclkid=c3c9b744b5fc17016843d693dc9fef80" target="_blank">American Forests​</a>, the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States.<br><br>In April 2021, the City of Phoenix and American Forests entered a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to increase tree equity in Phoenix neighborhoods. Since the initial partnership, American Forests has raised more than $260,000 for tree planting efforts from both businesses and philanthropic groups on behalf of the city. At the <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_ccAOy96IM" target="_blank">January 5, 2022 formal meeting</a>, Phoenix City Council voted 8-0 to receive up to $500,000 total from American Forests, and to disburse the funds through nonprofit partners such as Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Trees Matter, and the Arizona Sustainability Alliance, as needed.<br><br>“I am looking forward to supporting this item,” Mayor Kate Gallego said during the Council meeting. “American Forests has been a strong partner with us and it’s exciting to see funding opportunities come to our community.”<br><br>The first round of funding from American Forests will immediately support tree planting projects in areas with low tree equity scores, in city parks, and at schools. Funds will also be utilized by the Neighborhood Services Department for residential planting projects.<br><br>“Achieving our citywide tree canopy and tree equity goals will only be possible with great partners and collaborations, including those with community groups, philanthropic organizations, and the private sector,” said Dr. David Hondula, director of the newly-created Office of Heat Response and Mitigation. “Our partnership with American Forests is not only helping us craft our strategy, but is also bringing significant new resources to Phoenix that can help us make much bigger strides toward our goals than we've been able to in the past.”<br><br>Funding partners include Salesforce, iHeart Radio, and Aspiration Bank. As new projects get identified, American Forests will continue to fundraise on behalf of the city to help reach tree equity by 2030, along with other goals outlined in the <a href="/parkssite/Documents/PKS_Forestry/PKS_Forestry_Tree_and_Shade_Master_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Tree and Shade Master Plan</a> and <a href="/oep/cap" target="_blank">Climate Action Plan​</a>.<br><br>​“If we can achieve tree equity here in our desert community in a way that’s sustainable, then cities across the country can do so as well,” Gallego said.<br><br><br><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNewsenvironmental-programs

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