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HOUSING DEPARTMENT TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY TO SERVE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKINGHOUSING DEPARTMENT TO ACQUIRE PROPERTY TO SERVE VICTIMS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING<div class="ExternalClass6E98A4AF084144A9B0E5AD2A26CDE1D6"><p>​</p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The Phoenix City Council recently approved the Housing Department's plan to acquire a vacant multi-family rental property and provide permanent supportive housing for victims of human trafficking.  The complex, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, will be renamed Phoenix Starfish Place.</p><p>"Starfish Place shows our commitment to help human trafficking victims escape this horrific crime and reclaim their lives," said Councilman Jim Waring, who serves as chair of the Phoenix Human Trafficking Task Force. "With our previous success in strengthening penalties and enforcement against perpetrators, we continue to move toward making Arizona the most undesirable state in the nation to perpetrate this crime."</p><p>The 15-unit multi-family housing community was built in 2013 by the Foundation for Senior Living.  It served as transitional supportive housing for homeless families, and it is now vacant due to a change in funding.  Phoenix Starfish Place consists of two and three bedroom units with a resident services building that includes a community room, demonstration kitchen, library and child care center. </p><p>"I am proud to see Phoenix as a leader on the issue of housing for human trafficking victims because it is vital that these individuals have a safe environment where they can focus on moving forward," said District 3 Councilwoman Debra Stark.</p><p>In partnership with the Housing Department, the city's Human Services Department will issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) for a nonprofit organization to identify victims, qualify them for housing and provide supportive services.  Trauma-informed social workers will help Phoenix Starfish Place residents achieve independence and self-sufficiency in a healing environment.                                                                                                                      </p><p>Acquisition of the property and the issuance of the RFP for supportive services is expected to occur in the first quarter of 2017 with resident occupancy of the property expected in July.   All 15 units will house victims of human trafficking through the allocation of Section 8 Vouchers.</p><p>For information about the services and programs offered by the Phoenix Housing Department, call 602-262-6794 or visit <a href="https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1317709/4884714/18261/3/&data=01%7c01%7cdsiegel%4012NEWS.COM%7c445119b45c2540c1f9a208d42aa2674e%7cccd8a79b7268413b878971f8b6f4c0df%7c0&sdata=pnTaEDZ4YGit7kGgRp1SWuvygkS9WvX1VLjrxEOHca0%3D&reserved=0">phoenix.gov/housing</a>.  Follow us on Twitter @phxhousing.   </p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>12/22/2016 7:00:00 AMTamra IngersollPhoenix Housing Department602-262-6794