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Applications Open For Backyard Garden Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2435Environment & Sustainability8/3/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2435/raised bed garden 2.jpghttps://youtu.be/Uj3hPslz1LYApplications Open For Backyard Garden Program<div class="ExternalClass2E69FAB9CB8548B8BC9F48356C8C7A19"><html>​ ​The City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs is beginning the next cohort of the <a href="/oep/backyard-garden" target="_blank">Backyard Garden Program​</a>, where participants will receive, at no cost to them, a garden system, including training, support, and maintenance (as needed) for one year.<br><br>Thanks to American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, the program already supplied 92 garden systems to community members in the first year. In year two, the program will provide 178 households with either a traditional raised bed garden (provided by <a target="_blank" href="https://tigermountainfoundation.org/non-profit-community-garden/">TigerMountain Foundation</a>), a regenerative agriculture system called a '<a target="_blank" href="https://lehrgarden.com/">LEHR Garden</a>,' or an aquaponics system (provided by <a target="_blank" href="https://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html">NxT Horizon</a>).<br><br>“Literally I can go outside, harvest what I need, use it to cook that night. That's really convenient and inexpensive," said Xavier Jones, who has a city-funded aquaponics system in his backyard. He grew more than ten pounds of produce in the first few months.<br><br>Aquaponics systems grow produce on rafts floating in water. Inside the water are fish that provide nutrients for the plants, which in turn clean the water for the fish. Aquaponics expert and instructor Dr. George Brooks, Jr. makes the whole process simple for backyard gardeners.<br><br>“To see them as their individual plants start to grow and prosper and vine out and bloom and then produce fruit has been great," he said.<br><br>The City of Phoenix is looking for passionate community members with an interest in growing food and who are willing to make a yearlong commitment to backyard gardening. Gardens will be installed in either the fall of 2022 or early spring of 2023. <br><br>“It doesn't feel like work to me. It doesn't feel like a chore. It's something I'm passionate about," said Jayleen McGehee of working in the raised bed garden that was installed in her backyard for free. “I go outside, get sun, grow things, and I provide for my family, because food is expensive right now."<br><br>This program is for residents living in single-family homes only. Check out the <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix-gov.formstack.com/forms/bgp_2_en">application</a> for the full requirements. Applications for the Backyard Garden Program are open until 11:59 pm on August 30, 2022.​<br><br><br><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepVideoenvironmental-programsEnvironment#gardening #foodsystems #sustainability @PHXenvironment @CityofPhoenixAZBackyard gardens, ARPA, local foodSpencer Blake602-818-6033602-262-6822spencer.blake@phoenix.govPHXEnvironment

 

 

Phoenix Gets Additional Housing Vouchers, Higher Fair Market Rent Rates for Voucher Holdershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/2509Housing9/30/2022 8:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2509/newsroom _housing_001.pngPhoenix Gets Additional Housing Vouchers, Higher Fair Market Rent Rates for Voucher Holders<div class="ExternalClassACA83BCD159D4DBA994372153FA7143F"><html> ​ <span style="font-size:12pt;">​The City of Phoenix now has more Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) to help low-income renters have access to safe, decent, affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded 88 new HCVs to the city’s Housing Department, marking the first non-competitive, general-purpose voucher increase in quite some time. The Housing Department currently has 7,162 vouchers, with the additional 88 becoming effective on October 1.</span> <br style="font-size:12pt;"><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">Additionally, the money tied to HCVs will now go much further in Phoenix with the newly released Fair Market Rents (FMR) from HUD. Annual FMRs refer to the amount of money needed to cover rent and utilities on 40% of rental housing in a given area. While most of the country’s FMRs will increase by about 10% on Oct. 1, Phoenix has seen so much rent growth recently that FMRs will be going up by more than 30%.*</span> <br style="font-size:12pt;"> <br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">These numbers are important because the Phoenix Housing Department uses them to determine Payment Standards -- how much money a voucher recipient can receive. The increase to FMRs elevates the value of vouchers, giving more opportunities for voucher holders to find rental housing in the private market. Currently, Phoenix’s HCV Payment Standards are set to 120% of FMRs.</span> <br style="font-size:12pt;"><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">*Table 1. Fair Market Rents (FMR) Year-to-Year % Increases for Phoenix, AZ</span><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">1-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">3-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">4-Bedroom</span><br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2018 to 2019</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​6%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2019 to 2020</span>​<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​9%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​8%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2020 to 2021</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2021 to 2022</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​6%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​3%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​3%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2022 to 2023</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​34%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​33%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​31%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​31%<br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNews
City of Phoenix Recognizes Ten Years of 'Paint Phoenix Purple' —​​​​​​​ a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaignhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2508Human Services9/30/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/mgbPXKyb4tICity of Phoenix Recognizes Ten Years of 'Paint Phoenix Purple' —​​​​​​​ a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign<div class="ExternalClassA5937701E6C94B378C75465E0DC51B4B"><html> <p>October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — raising awareness around one of the most widespread and dangerous health and safety challenges in our community today. <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">Paint Phoenix Purple</a> is a City of Phoenix awareness campaign brought to you by a collaboration of more than 50 community, private, and public organizations. <br><br>In December of 2012, the Mayor and City Council endorsed the goal to end domestic violence in Phoenix. In April 2013, that plan was approved. Here are just a few accomplishments over the last 10 years:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Created and distributed more than 80k resources to community partners with information on local shelters, safety planning, and identifying domestic violence</p> </li> <li> <p>Created a centralized screening hotline for placement in local shelters</p> </li> <li> <p>Offered trainings classes to City of Phoenix employees and the community on subjects such as the Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) and domestic violence in the LGBTQIA+ community</p> </li> <li> <p>Reached more than 75k students through outreach events at local high schools with lunch time resource fairs, football and volleyball games, and classroom trainings</p> </li> <li> <p>Raised approximately $12k through an online store created for City employees and community members to purchase Paint Phoenix Purple merchandise to wear during the month of October; proceeds benefited the <a href="https://www.acesdv.org/" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.acesdv.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence</a> (ACESDV)</p> </li> <li> <p>Collected more than 30k items including toiletries, cleaning supplies, new clothing, pet items, and prepaid cell phones for local shelters through an annual donation in conjunction with ACESDV <br></p> </li> </ul> <p>Additionally, the City’s <a href="/humanservices/programs/victims/fac" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/victims/fac" target="_blank">Family Advocacy Center</a> (FAC) made major strides forward, including:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Launched an Order of Protection Pilot program in February 2014 – the FAC worked with other valley law enforcement to develop service processes when orders obtained in Phoenix must be served elsewhere</p> </li> <li> <p>In February 2016, FAC received Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to implement a mobile victim advocacy project, allowing the expansion of service delivery beyond the walls of the FAC </p> </li> <li> <p>Victim Services Division developed a new electronic system for assigning referrals to Victim Advocates in December 2019, allowing Advocates to spend more time providing services to crime victims<br></p> </li> </ul> <p>Join the City in recognizing this important initiative all throughout the month. See a calendar of events below and <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">more details here</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a style="text-align:center;background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank"><img style="width:550px;height:678px;" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="0" alt="Paint Phoenix Purple 2022 Calendar.PNG" align="middle" data-placement="custom" src="https://action.phoenix.gov/users/myteam46126/Media5918.png?1664561562650" /></a><br></p><p>​If you or someone you know is a victim, please call 1-800-799-HELP (7233) or <a href="/police/domesticviolence" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/police/domesticviolence" target="_blank">visit this page for more resources</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideo
Papago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2507Parks and Recreation9/30/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2507/Papago-Park-ADA-Accessible-Fishing-Dock.jpgPapago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshers<div class="ExternalClass9D567A4C559F4A76B16AC7158AA83F1E"><html> <p>​To increase fishing access for everyone at Papago Park, the Parks and Recreation Department is unveiled an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved covered fishing dock on Thursday, September 29, 2022.<br></p> <p>Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the Parks and Recreation Department worked with The Mission Continues, a 9/11 veteran's group, to help build the dock, that will ensure everyone, regardless of ability, is able to fish and enjoy the outdoors. </p> <p>“Fishing is a great pastime that any person, of any ability, should have access to," Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “I am proud to have worked with our City and other partners to expand accessibility in meaningful ways for our residents, and I encourage you to come check out the new dock!" </p> <p>“This unique dock will help ensure people of all abilities can enjoy all that Papago Park has to offer," Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar said. “It is a small step toward our goal to provide all residents with access to recreation amenities."</p> <p>To make accessibility even easier, the location for the fishing dock is on the largest pond adjacent to the main parking area which includes multiple ADA parking spaces.  <br></p><p>The fishing dock is located at 625 N. Galvin Parkway next to the main entrance of Phoenix Zoo. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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