Phoenix City Council Approves Millions in Federal Funds to Support Communityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/1943City Manager6/9/2021 3:15:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1943/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgPhoenix City Council Approves Millions in Federal Funds to Support Community<div class="ExternalClassBEC4E5C901FD4CB9A123CE7203937747"><html>The Phoenix City Council <a target="_blank" href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-8-21%20Policy%20Agenda%20-%20Final.pdf">voted Tuesday to spend $198 million in federal funds​</a> to support communities hit hard by COVID-19 including small business owners, workers affected by the economic impact of the pandemic, low-income families, youth programs and the arts.<br><br>The money comes from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), signed by the President in March.  The money is designed to address the negative economic impacts of COVID-19.<br><br>The city is funding programs that address two priorities: financial investment in the community and city operations such as infrastructure, technology, and revenue replacement. <br><br><strong>COMMUNITY INVESTMENT</strong><br>The Council set aside the bulk of the ARPA funds, $143 million, to support vulnerable populations, businesses, and those hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. <br><br>Some of those funds will be spent as follows:<br><ul><li>$28m: Financial assistance for low-to moderate-income families, including rent, utilities, and internet assistance for those in need.</li><li>$35m: Business and employee assistance programs including a new workforce training facility, tuition assistance, and services to promote job training and placement.</li><li>$31.5m: Care for vulnerable populations including mental and behavioral health support services for those experiencing homelessness, funds for veterans impacted adversely by COVID-19, and support for safe respite centers providing relief from the summer heat.</li><li>$5m: Arts and culture support including grants, worker support, and an arts internship program for student artists.</li><li>$28m: From early childhood education to laptops and Wi-Fi hot spots for students preparing for college, these funds would support youth programs including sports, recreation, and after-school programs.</li><li>$9.7m: Money would be used to feed those in need, preserve local farmland and support areas struggling with high food insecurity and hunger rates.</li><li>$5m: Fund for better health outcomes are focused on providing testing and vaccinations for COVID-19.</li></ul><strong>CITY OPERATIONS</strong><br>The Council voted to use $50 million for infrastructure, technology, capital needs and revenue replacement, including the following key areas: <br><ul><li>$23m: This money will be used to address key projects that were put on hold or made worse because of the pandemic.  For example, during the pandemic, residents needing to apply for assistance through the Human Services Department were unable to do so easily online because they city's outdated Case Management System doesn't allow for online applications.</li><li>22.4m: Unlike other Federal funds, ARPA funds can be used for revenue replacement, such as that experienced by the Phoenix Convention Center which was severely impacted due to the downturn in travel, tourism, and hospitality.  The funds would support the Convention Center's financial recovery efforts.  </li></ul>The city of Phoenix will receive a total of $396 million in ARPA funds over the next two years.  The recent Council vote only addresses the first payment of $198 million.  Spending for the distribution expected in the Spring of 2022 will be determined at a future date.<br><br>The city will also set aside $5 million in the event the federal government changes guidance to allow funds to be used in a new area of concern or if an approved program uses all its funds prior to the next payment from the federal government.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNewscity-managerPhoenix NewsroomCity Manager@CityofPhoenixAZ #ARPA #COVID #COVID19ARPA, American Rescue Plan Act, COVID-19Dan Wilson602-760-6660602-495-5901daniel.b.wilson@phoenix.gov https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/44/Dan_Wilson.jpgPHXCityManager



Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2444Planning and Development8/12/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/s3KZdWm2AwQ Former Eye Opener Restaurant gets New Life helping kick off new ventures along Hatcher Road.<div class="ExternalClass305E4A1FF9DE4F39ACDC7561FC5B6DCA"><html> <p> <span data-offset-key="clmos-0-0">This new adaptive reuse project could be one of many new ventures along Hatcher Road. Check out the "Eye Opener's" conversion from a restaurant to a vintage furniture showroom with help from staff & Councilwoman Deb Stark.</span>​</p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddVideo
Phoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2443Fire8/12/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2443/dog 2.jpgPhoenix Firefighters Use "Fido Bag" To Save Family Pet<div class="ExternalClass5E97A77AC0C4452DBAAAF32F7FCB410C"><html> <p>​</p>Phoenix firefighters rescued a dog from a smoke-filled apartment in Phoenix on Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to reports of a fire near 19th Avenue and Dunlap and arrived to find a single apartment filled with heavy black smoke. <br><br>Upon arrival, fully turned-out firefighters from Engine 960 conducted a thorough search of the apartment; that's where they found an unresponsive dog. Firefighters carried the dog out of the apartment and quickly began resuscitation efforts.<br>​<br>Phoenix firefighters from stations 20 and 60 worked together to deploy a <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/fido-bags" target="_blank">'Fido Bag'</a>: Fido Bags are life-saving tools that are supplied to local fire departments and professional K9 Handlers from <a href="https://thefetchfoundation.com/home" target="_blank">the Fetch Foundation</a>.<br><br>Fido Bags contain reusable oxygen masks that have been specially designed to fit the nose of small pets including cats and rabbits and will also fit the muzzle of a large dog.<br><br>First responders on the scene used bottles of water to cool down the dog as they used the oxygen from the Fido Bag to help resuscitate it. <br><br>Thanks to support from the Automatic Aid System, the Glendale Fire Department was also on the scene and assisted with the efforts. <br><br>As the dog laid on the sidewalk receiving treatment, the owners watched from a distance. After a few minutes the dog regained consciousness and began to wag its tail. Shortly after, the dog was happily reunited with its family.<br><br><p>The Phoenix Fire Department wants to thank the Fetch Foundation for its support. The Fido Bag system offers pets across the Valley the best chance of survival in the case of an emergency.​​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireNews
Phoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridgehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2441Street Transportation8/11/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2441/USDOT Rio Salado bridge presser.jpgPhoenix Awarded $25M RAISE Grant to Build Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge<div class="ExternalClassE151A7F15FF6451AAC5144BFB56747CC"><html> <p>​U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego joined a host of community members and elected officials on Thursday at the Rio Salado Audubon Center to announce that the City of Phoenix is the recipient of a $25 million Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant. City staff submitted an application for the grant earlier this year.<br></p><p>WATCH: <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/street-transportation/2442">Rio Salado Bike/Ped Bridge RAISE Grant News Conference​</a><br></p><p>Phoenix will use the discretionary federal funding to construct the long-proposed Rio Salado Bike and Pedestrian Bridge, that will cross the river bed in alignment with 3rd Street and create impactful connectivity between south Phoenix and the city's downtown region.</p><p>When completed, the bridge will provide residents without a motor vehicle, or who prefer not to drive on every trip, with a safe option to cross the Rio Salado and gain improved access to jobs, schools, services and other opportunities. The bridge also will offer a convenient connection to the currently under construction South Central Light Rail Extension, and provide residents with increased recreational and exercise options with its proximity to the trails within the Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area.</p><p>In addition to the construction of the bridge, the project will include solar lighting upgrades along the existing Rio Salado pathway from Central Avenue to 40th Street.<br></p><p>Updates about the project and information regarding future community feedback opportunities will be available on the <a target="_blank" href="/streets/3rdStreetRioSalado">3rd Street Rio Salado Projects webpage</a>. <br></p><p>Congress dedicated $2.2 billion in fiscal year 2022 RAISE grants to fund projects like this one that have a significant local or regional transportation impact. RAISE funding is a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that was passed by Congress in November 2021.​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews



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