Councilwoman Ansari Hosts First-ever Maryvale Unidoshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2468City Council District 79/2/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/DzZdunuLLA4Councilwoman Ansari Hosts First-ever Maryvale Unidos<div class="ExternalClass94E695126AA04E8AAC10D4C9EEB0CB27"><html> <p> ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>Hundreds of kids and their families turned out to the Desert West Community Center for the first-ever Maryvale Unidos, hosted by District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. The free resource fair connected community members to City of Phoenix resources including Human Services, Neighborhood Services, Phoenix Fire, Street Transportation, and Parks & Recreation. “People really want these events, and want to know what resources we offer," said Councilwoman Ansari. “There are so many incredible programs that the City has and I just want to make sure that people know about them, and that again, they're offered in English and in Spanish, which is really important to our District 7 community." In addition to all the partners present, resource fair attendees were able to grab free dinner from El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant, plus snag some backpacks filled with supplies, bus passes, fresh food bags, and more.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Videodistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Vice Mayor Pastor, Councilwoman Ansari and Aliento Launch New Phoenix Promise Program https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2464City Council District 78/31/2022 11:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2464/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgVice Mayor Pastor, Councilwoman Ansari and Aliento Launch New Phoenix Promise Program <div class="ExternalClassEB37E31D373C45BEAC6678E6F9840225"><html> <p> The Phoenix City Council today unanimously approved a contract with the Maricopa County Community College District Foundation to implement the Phoenix Promise Program, a tuition assistance program for eligible Phoenix residents attending Maricopa County Community College District schools. On June 7, 2022, City Council approved a budget of $5 million from the City's second allocation of ARPA funds to launch a tuition assistance program for two- and four-year degrees. The goal of the program is to support approximately 400 Phoenix residents who qualify for Arizona resident tuition and are enrolled, or plan to enroll, in a Maricopa Community College for a two- or four-year degree. </p> <p>“Long before I was councilwoman or vice mayor, education was fundamentally important to me,” said Vice Mayor Laura Pastor. “Having served in roles from teacher to school board member, I have a first-hand perspective on the importance of every person’s access to affordable education. I am thrilled to see our Phoenix City Council pass this Phoenix Promise Program – offering tuition assistance to Phoenix residents attending Maricopa County Community College District schools.” </p> <p>“As a daughter of immigrants who heavily emphasized access to education as a pathway to personal and generational resiliency, I want to equip every young person in my district with the opportunity to pursue any level of education that could benefit their future and our entire city,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari. “More importantly, I’m going to push for an aggressive outreach campaign that reaches young adults who might have lost that opportunity during the pandemic. With this major investment, Phoenix is showing we’re focused on proactively addressing inequalities in education attainment and building strong, sustainable pathways for economic vitality,” she added.​​​​​​</p> <p>Eligible individuals include those qualified for Federal Pell Grants or another acceptable income verified program. The Foundation will use a subcontractor to implement digital and in-person outreach campaigns to enroll students from underrepresented communities into the Phoenix Promise Program. The program will also provide student support stipends and wraparound academic support to boost enrollment and degree completion. This funding is anticipated to provide scholarships and stipends to eligible students starting in the Fall 2022 semester and concluding with the Spring 2025 semester.</p> <p>“I want to thank Mayor Gallego, Vice Mayor Laura Pastor, Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, and the Phoenix City Council for making a $5 million transformational investment for Phoenix students.  The Phoenix Promise Program will ensure that historically marginalized students have access to higher education without worrying about cost and wraparound support,” said Reyna Montoya, CEO & Founder of Aliento Education Fund. ​​​​​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari Hosts Maryvale Unidos: A Free Community Resource Fairhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2454City Council District 78/17/2022 9:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2454/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Yassamin Ansari Hosts Maryvale Unidos: A Free Community Resource Fair<div class="ExternalClass09D96EBA4CE04A9187A41CAF6B5FC2E4"><html> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari and over 20 community partners are thrilled to invite you to Maryvale Unidos: A District 7 Community Resource Fair on August 30th, from 4-8 p.m., at the Desert West Community Center.</p><p>This event is an all-inclusive, family-friendly resource fair to help provide the residents of Maryvale with 1-on-1 support to navigate various programs that the City of Phoenix has to offer and community resources in their own neighborhood.</p><p>“As kids head back to school, I want to remind parents and caretakers of all the resources that are available to them. From rent and utility assistance to gift cards to Goodwill, mental health resources and fresh foods, I'm focused on building united, healthy neighborhoods. And I'm not afraid to demand more for our community," Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said. “There are still Road Safety Action Plans and upcoming bond election packages that need input from Maryvale residents – I'm excited to showcase that there are avenues for change that they can engage with now," she added.</p><p>The District 7 team will be distributing 2,000 free at home COVID-19 tests, 1,000 free bus passes, 500 free backpacks filled with supplies, and 250 fresh food bags. These generous giveaways were made possible thanks to our community sponsors: United Phoenix Firefighters Charities, Southwest Carpenters and Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona.</p><p>On top of free food from El Pueblo Mexican Restaurant, gift card giveaways and casework intake, here's what else you can expect at the resource fair:</p><p>City Departments: Human Services, Neighborhood Services, Phoenix Fire, Street Transportation, and Parks and Recreation</p><p>Partner Organizations: Keep Phoenix Beautiful, AZ Health Zone, ACE (Arizona Center for Empowerment), Case Action, Unite Here Local 11, Communications Workers of America, and The Arizona Science Center</p><p>Activities for Children: Live music, a “Blender Bike" and veggie toss game, STEM- related activities, and more!</p><p><strong>Event Details: </strong></p><p><strong>Address:</strong> Desert West Community Center, 6501 W. Virginia Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85035</p><p><strong>Time:</strong> 4:00-8:00 p.m.</p><p><strong>Parking:</strong> There will be plenty of free parking provided by the community center</p><p><strong>Registration Link:</strong> <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?f18cb1601043d7c36cd9427bfa1a83f2cb821cd7c1d74164da491ae3f15ed4f9" target="_blank">Click here</a>​<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari Celebrates $25M Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Award from the Department of Transportation Set to Connect South Phoenix and Downtown Residents in District 7 https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2440City Council District 78/11/2022 11:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2440/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Ansari Celebrates $25M Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Award from the Department of Transportation Set to Connect South Phoenix and Downtown Residents in District 7 <div class="ExternalClassF70A4494D9304172AE3D4CD86144C4C6"><html> <p>​​“Earlier this March, I hosted a District 7 infrastructure tour to spotlight how the Rio Salado revitalization could be fast-tracked thanks to federal funding. I made a commitment to our residents that I would push our city to be competitive and deliver long-promised investments in South Phoenix. Our residents deserve improved mobility and greater access to green spaces, and today, we are seeing one of the first major investments roll out and become a reality.<br></p> <p>This $25M RAISE grant from the Department of Transportation is a critical first step to bringing our residents multi-modal options and to reimagine commutes to work, school, parks and more. I cannot wait for the day when residents of all ages have the choice of either walking or biking along 3rd Street or catching the light rail. This type of investment in people-centered infrastructure is how we build healthy, vibrant communities."<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Ansari Responds to 'the Zone' Lawsuit Filed by Neighbors Against the Cityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2438City Council District 78/11/2022 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2438/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Ansari Responds to 'the Zone' Lawsuit Filed by Neighbors Against the City<div class="ExternalClassF51CDD0600B6466FB846328F48B625AB"><html> “I am not at all shocked to see this lawsuit and I deeply empathize with the neighbors, business owners, providers and City staff down by the Human Services Campus who have been working for well over a decade to keep the neighborhood in a manageable condition, and most importantly, to get our unsheltered neighbors the resources they​​ need, and into stable housing. <br><br> I visited the Human Services Campus on my first day in public office, and every day after that, I've been dedicated to finding solutions that better serve all involved. No neighborhood should face the brunt of Maricopa County's homelessness crisis — but because the campus was designed this way more than 15 years ago, and compounded by an alarming lack of regional or state support — that's what it has become. The unsheltered neighbors at the zone aren't exclusively from Phoenix or this state – and the concentration is growing because it is the only place in the valley where help is visibly located.<br><br> But we must move away from this model as it clearly isn't working. During my first year in office, I have consistently advocated for a regionalized solution to this crisis. I've pushed to ensure that any new projects the city funds have been away from “the Zone," including new shelters the city has opened in recent months, such as the one on Washington Street operated by St. Vincent de Paul, which is working exceptionally and served more than 400 individuals since May. We need more of this and fast. We have also spent more dollars than ever to fund neighborhood blight reduction programs, new transitional housing projects, outreach specialists, heat relief supplies and so much more. In this year's budget, we're funding nine new Homeless Services positions, and they will be directly reporting to our City Manager to fast-track action. <br><br> And while the City recovers from the ongoing pandemic and new public health challenges, rising costs and steady eviction rates have crushed all the progress we've made. We need regional and state support, and we need it now. By next summer, my hope is that Phoenix-funded efforts will result in a drastic reduction in the number of unsheltered individuals in the zone. We need that same amount of focus from surrounding cities, counties and our state to ensure sustainable access to shelter and housing for all." ​<br><br><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
District 7 Summer Splash Bash at Roosevelt Poolhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2429City Council District 77/31/2022 4:00:00 PMChttps://youtu.be/PawRc1C5UjwDistrict 7 Summer Splash Bash at Roosevelt Pool<div class="ExternalClass1F8743B8766A4415AC1E881DD282876F"><html> <p> ​​​District 7 Councilwoman <span data-markjs="true" data-ogac="" data-ogab="" data-ogsc="" data-ogsb="">Yassamin</span> Ansari hosted a free pool party for residents featuring live music, local food, interactive games, contests and more.</p><p> "We just want to make sure, first of all,​​ that ​​Phoenix residents know about all of the ​​​resources that the City offers," Councilwoman Ansari said. "A lot of times, folks dont even know we have these pools."</p><p>Because of staffing shortages, Roosevelt Pool will close in July. Parks and Recreation staff were on site with information on other nearby pool options that residents can enjoy, take swim lessons and more.</p><p>"<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>There's lots of other ​pools in the area as well: we have El Prado pool, Harmo​​n Park, ​​Encanto, Maryvale, ​and residents can check out ​​what pool might be closest to them at <a href="/pools" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/pools​</a>."</p><p>Throughout the event, guests also had the opportunity to learn about at-home pool safety, observe a CPR demonstration from the Phoenix Fire Department, tour a fire truck, and take photos with Buddy the Bear.​</p><p>"We've had so many extreme heat warning days, but we're trying to bring resources to families and a sense of ​​community pride, so hopefully ​families have a good time, kids have a good time, ​and also learn something," the Councilwoman said. <br></p><p>Summer jobs are still available through the City of Phoenix Aquatics team, residents can find <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ddab5bfb61d5c70980e818af1c4d5fcd9c65ccbab699ecba0ac92f424b0eb31d" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable" data-linkindex="3">more information here</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Videodistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari Hosts Free Pool Party to Close Out Roosevelt Pool Festivitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2419City Council District 77/20/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2419/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpegCouncilwoman Yassamin Ansari Hosts Free Pool Party to Close Out Roosevelt Pool Festivities<div class="ExternalClass42EC109ACFF6415E93A8CA1EEA0FF26A"><html> <p> Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, serving District 7, is hosting a free pool party for residents featuring live music, local food, interactive games, contests and more.</p><p>The event will take place on Saturday, July 30th, from 12-2 p.m. at the City of Phoenix’s Roosevelt Pool located at El Reposo Park. Admission is free for both kids and parents and guests are encouraged to <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0azqUAoeaD45CskOvlAqqvXdUMTc5U1NWRkdPUDBMTllTVFVHOUtWSTZQViQlQCN0PWcu" href="https://forms.office.com/pages/responsepage.aspx?id=XGm5lg5PvUKK37p1V2A0azqUAoeaD45CskOvlAqqvXdUMTc5U1NWRkdPUDBMTllTVFVHOUtWSTZQViQlQCN0PWcu">RSVP here</a>.</p><p>“As kids head back to school, I want to equip both caretakers and children with critical information to have safe fun in the Phoenix sun, and most importantly, to look after one another. From CPR demos to what numbers to call when you see someone is in heat distress, everyone can play a role in saving lives this summer,” said Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari.</p><p>Unfortunately, because of staffing shortages, Roosevelt Pool will close in July. Parks and Recreation staff will be on site with information on two other nearby pool options that residents can enjoy, swim lessons and more.</p><p>Summer jobs are still available through the City of Phoenix Aquatics team, residents can find <a target="_blank" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/pools/lifeguard" href="/parks/pools/lifeguard">more information here</a>.</p><p>Throughout the event, guests will have the opportunity to learn about at-home pool safety, observe a CPR demonstration from the Phoenix Fire Department, tour a fire truck and take photos with Buddy the Bear.</p><p>There will be something for everyone: dance and noodle competitions, water puppet show, free swag, and lunch and ice cream will be provided by local South Phoenix staples El Tacazo and Oasis Raspados.</p><p><strong>MEDIA RSVPs:</strong> Stephanie Barnes, Public Information Officer, 602.316.0958</p><p><strong>WHAT:</strong> District 7 Pool Party</p><p><strong>WHEN:</strong> Saturday, July 30, 2022, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.</p><p><strong>WHERE:</strong> Roosevelt Pool, 6246 S 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85042</p><p><strong>WHO:</strong> Phoenix City Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari, CPR Instructors from Phoenix Fire, Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department staff<br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari
Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari’s Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/district-7/2395City Council District 76/24/2022 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2395/Newsroom_Council_News_07.jpgCouncilwoman Yassamin Ansari’s Statement on the Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade <div class="ExternalClassA7792101C14C434C8A37C2D9B0B4177D"><html> <p> “We knew this day was coming, but I’m still in utter disbelief that, in what claims to be the freest country in the world, a 50-year constitutional right to safe and legal abortion is being stripped away instantly — and all because of extremist, right-wing, patriarchal ideology that has made its way into our nation’s highest court. It’s beyond devastating. ​</p> <p>While our state deciphers various laws that will now come into play, it is imperative that the City of Phoenix look at all possible policy responses.  </p> <p>To start, the Phoenix City Council should immediately: </p> <p>1. Enact policy that prevents the criminalization of those seeking abortion, abortion providers, and those who assist them </p> <p>2. Allocate dollars to fund contraception and transportation support to states where abortion is legal </p> <p>Abortion clinics have already paused procedures and thousands of livelihoods are now at stake. Low-income residents and people of color will be impacted most severely. Our C​ity must prepare to support our most vulnerable communities, just like we did during the pandemic. </p> <p>As the fifth largest and fastest growing large city in the country – and one that prides itself on equality, inclusivity, and the pursuit of justice – we must act quickly. There will continue to be attacks on our reproductive freedoms and the Democratic trifecta in Washington, D.C. must take every measure possible to codify the right to abortion into federal law.” <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/district7Newsdistrict-7District 7YassaminAnsari



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