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Board of Adjustment Approves Operation of New 300-Bed Shelterhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/3070Homeless Solutions4/5/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3070/Newsroom_OHS_006.pngBoard of Adjustment Approves Operation of New 300-Bed Shelter<div class="ExternalClass523DD1C2CFB24F338158D2620AC9A488"><html> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">Today, the Board of Adjustment approved the Use Permit for the City of Phoenix to </span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">operate</span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> a new 280-bed shelter and navigation center at 11 S. 71st </span><span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">Ave. </span> </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"62e1f734-6189-43e8-ac2d-ee341a523e19|17","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"normaltextrun",201340122,"1",134233614,"true",469778129,"normaltextrun",335572020,"1",469778324,"Default Paragraph Font"]}" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">The </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">City</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> is pleased that the Board of Adjustment recognized the urgent need for more shelter in our community given the ongoing homelessness crisis and the health crisis caused by extreme heat on unsheltered individuals.</span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span> <br> </p> <p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">The City</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> of Phoenix Office of Homeless Solutions (OHS)</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> will continue working with the residents, </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">businesses</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> and stakeholders in the area, to ensure that concerns surrounding the shelter are addressed. </span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">There are several </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">commitments </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">in pl</span><span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">ace for the community including:</span> </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span> </p> <div> <ul role="list"><span style="font-family:Calibri;font-size:10pt;"> <li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">The Use Permit includes stipulations for how the shelter will </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">operate</span><span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">, which OHS collaborated with the community to create. </span> </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span> </p></li> <li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">OHS also created a written Good Neighbor Agreement for the community which addresses items not in the stipulations, including how the City and shelter provider will work with neighbors to promptly address concerns. </span> </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span> </p></li> <li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">The community can continue to provide feedback through a 15-person community advisory committee that will consist of </span><span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">a majority of</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">local residents</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">or neighbors. The committee would meet monthly leading up to the opening of the shelter and quarterly thereafter.  </span> </span> <span style="" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span> </p></li> <li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="4" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">Once the shelter opens, it will also have a dedicated 24/7 hotline for residents to report any concerns to the </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">City</span><span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">. During the development process, residents with questions or concerns </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">regarding</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> the shelter are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Homeless Solutions at </span> </span> <a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="mailto:homeless.solutions@phoenix.gov"> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">homeless.solutions@phoenix.gov</span></span></a>.<br></p></li> </span></ul> </div> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">The shelter will be a closed campus, meaning no walk-up services will be offered at this location and guests must be referred by an outreach service provider. The facility will have 24/7 security, a strict code of conduct and a curfew.    </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">​​ </span> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span></p> <p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">OHS </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">frequently</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">conducts outreach in the surrounding neighborhood and the efforts confirm there is a significant need for a safe, indoor shelter in the area. In the last month, OHS outreach workers </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">identified</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> </span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">nearly 250</span> <span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> people experiencing homelessness within 1.5 miles of the shelter site. Right now, there is no shelter to serve people in need in this area. This shelter will prioritize unsheltered individuals who are already in this community. </span> </span> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">There is a critical need to meet people where they are and provide services across Phoenix to help people end their homelessness.​</span></span></p> <p> <span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">The shelter will create 280 of the 790 new shelter beds the Office of Homeless Solutions is partnering to add in 2024 and 2025, as part of the City’s continued commitment to expanding shelter capacity in Phoenix.</span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">It will</span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> offer wraparound, individualized services</span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> on-site, to help people end their homelessness including case management, behavioral health services, and access to medical services. The site will also offer meals, </span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">personal property</span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> storage, RV parking and space for people’s pets. </span><span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">This facility will also have a unique focus on </span><span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">providing workforce opportunities for shelter guests</span><span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">, including the opportunity to obtain immediate employment. </span></span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/newsroom/homeless-solutions/3050"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Learn more about the project history</span></span></a><span style="" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":true,"134233118":false,"201341983":2,"335557856":16777215,"335559739":210,"335559740":360}"> </span></p><p> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">T</span><span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">he </span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">City</span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> will begin work on the site </span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">immediately</span><span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">, with the goal of opening the shelter </span> <span style="" data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)">as soon as possible</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="Normal (Web)"> to serve people experiencing homelessness.</span></span></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/solutionsNewshomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
City of Phoenix Proposes New 300 Bed Shelter in West Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/3050Homeless Solutions3/21/2024 2:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3050/Newsroom_OHS_005.pngCity of Phoenix Proposes New 300 Bed Shelter in West Phoenix <div class="ExternalClassF43F4FC3A22B48B7A8F9F320C022E866"><html> <p>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph" data-ccp-parastyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"5f97f654-40d4-4986-8a10-e85f1939c543|61","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"paragraph",201340122,"2",134233614,"true",469778129,"paragraph",335572020,"1",201342448,"1",469777841,"Calibri",469777842,"Calibri",469777843,"Calibri",469777844,"Calibri",469769226,"Calibri",335559740,"240",201341983,"0",134233118,"true",134233117,"true",469778324,"Normal"]}">The City of Phoenix is proposing </span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">constructing </span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">a new City-owned shelter and navigation center at 11 S. 71</span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">st</span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph"> Avenue. </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun" data-ccp-charstyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"5f97f654-40d4-4986-8a10-e85f1939c543|60","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"normaltextrun",201340122,"1",134233614,"true",469778129,"normaltextrun",335572020,"1",469778324,"Default Paragraph Font"]}">The proposed shelter will create 280 of the 790 new shelter beds the Office of Homeless Solutions is partnering to add in 2024 and 2025, as part of the City’s continued commitment to expanding shelter capacity in Phoenix.</span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph"> Homelessness is increasing in the region and around the country. There is a critical need to have indoor locations for people, especially during the dangerous summer heat in Phoenix. </span></span><span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>About the Site</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">The shelter would have 200 congregate beds in two Sprung Structures</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">, one for men and one for women</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> and </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">another </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">80 non-congregate beds in </span> </span> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink"> <a href="/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2819" target="_blank">XWing​</a> </span> </span> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun"> converted shipping container shelters. A third Sprung Structure would serve as the navigation center, offering on-site, individualized services </span>to help people end their homelessness including case management, behavioral health services, and access to medical services. The site will also offer meals, personal property storage, RV parking and space for people’s pets. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Workforce Development</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">This facility will also have a unique focus on </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">providing workforce opportunities for shelter guests</span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">. While staying at the shelter, guests will have the opportunity to obtain immediate employment and earn income through a partnership with St. Vincent de Paul.  The City of Phoenix is also planning to offer workforce development opportunities for guests offering connections to skills training and jobs.</span> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Safety</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="normaltextrun">The City of Phoenix is working with the community to ensure the proposed shelter will bring a positive impact to the area. </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">This center will prioritize serving people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding neighborhood</span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">s</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">. The Office of Homeless Solutions </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">frequently</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph"> conducts outreach in the area and there is a need for a safe, indoor location for people to stay and receive services to </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">ultimately end</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph"> their homelessness. </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">The shelter will be a closed campus, meaning no walk-up services will be offered at this location and guests must be referred by an outreach service provider. The facility will have 24/7 security, a </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">strict </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">code of conduct and a curfew</span><span data-ccp-parastyle="paragraph">. </span> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>Community Feedback</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style=""> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City of Phoenix values the feedback of the community and is currently gathering input and meeting with stakeholders about the proposed shelter to address any concerns. The City is working with the surrounding neighborhood organizations on the proposed stipulations for the site, including a six-month review of the use permit, once approved, and creating a <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun" data-ccp-charstyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"5f97f654-40d4-4986-8a10-e85f1939c543|64","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"x_x_xnormaltextrun",201340122,"1",134233614,"true",469778129,"xxxnormaltextrun",335572020,"1",469778324,"Default Paragraph Font"]}">15-member community advisory committee </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">that </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">consists of </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">a majority of</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">local residents</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> or neighbors. The proposed committee would meet monthly leading up to the opening of the proposed shelter and quarterly thereafter. The </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">City</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> will also work to </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">finalize</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> a Good Neighbor Agreement with the community. The Good Neighbor Agreement will address items not included in the stipulations that cover, in writing, how the </span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">City</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> and shelter provider will work with neighbors to promptly address concerns.</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xeop" data-ccp-charstyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"5f97f654-40d4-4986-8a10-e85f1939c543|66","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"x_x_xeop",201340122,"1",134233614,"true",469778129,"xxxeop",335572020,"1",469778324,"Default Paragraph Font"]}"> </span></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xeop"> <strong>Project </strong> </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xeop" style=""> <strong>and Outreach </strong> </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xeop"> <strong>History</strong> </span> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style=""> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal" data-ccp-parastyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"5f97f654-40d4-4986-8a10-e85f1939c543|62","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"x_x_xxmsonormal",201340122,"2",134233614,"true",469778129,"xxxxmsonormal",335572020,"1",201342448,"1",469777841,"Calibri",469777842,"Calibri",469777843,"Calibri",469777844,"Calibri",469769226,"Calibri",335559740,"240",201341983,"0",335559739,"0",469778324,"Normal"]}">The Office of Homeless Solutions explored multiple sites for the proposed shelter in summer 2023. In November 2023, after doing its due diligence on the property, the City determined this </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">property</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> could be </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">a viable</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">option</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> for the project. The Phoenix City Council approved the architectural and engineering contract in December 2023. </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">The </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">City</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> provided initial notification of the proposed project to the surrounding neighborhood on January 4, 2024. </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">The property is owned by the City and is properly zoned, but a </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">portion</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> of the site requires a use permit to </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">operate</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> a shelter. </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">The </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">City</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> has requested two continuances of the zoning adjustment hearings, which were originally scheduled in February 2024, to allow </span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal">additional</span> <span data-ccp-parastyle="x_x_xxmsonormal"> time to work with the community to address their concerns.</span> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">The City followed the requirements to obtain a use permit, which included providing notification to property owners within 150 feet of the site and to any neighborhood associations within 600 feet of the site. There were no neighborhood associations within 600 feet, so the </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">City</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> proactively conducted </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">additional</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> outreach, including contacting the Si Se </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">Puede</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> Neighborhood Association, engaging the Fowler Elementary School District School Superintendent and Governing Board, and conducting</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">outreach </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">door</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">-</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">to-</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">door</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">at nearby homes and businesses to provide information about the plans, community meeting</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">s</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">,</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> and zoning hearings. T</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">he </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">C</span><span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">ity</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun"> </span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="x_x_xnormaltextrun">presented at the Fowler Governing Board meeting on February 13 and hosted a community meeting at Fowler Elementary School on February 15.</span></span></p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"> <strong>What’s Next</strong> </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Another community meeting will be held Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Fowler Elementary School (6707 W. Van Buren St. Phoenix, AZ 85043). </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​</span> </p> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">T</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="oypena" data-ccp-charstyle-defn="{"ObjectId":"5f97f654-40d4-4986-8a10-e85f1939c543|69","ClassId":1073872969,"Properties":[469775450,"oypena",201340122,"1",134233614,"true",469778129,"oypena",335572020,"1",469778324,"Default Paragraph Font"]}">he City of Phoenix</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="oypena"> will seek the approval of the Board of Adjustment on April 4, 2024, at 12 p.m.</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="oypena"> at Phoenix City Council Chambers.</span> <span data-ccp-charstyle="oypena"> </span> </span> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">If the use permit is approved, the City will begin work on the site immediately, with the goal of opening the shelter this summer to serve people experiencing homelessness during the dangerous heat.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"></span>Options to attend the Board of Adjustment meeting or request to speak include:</p> <div> <ul> <li> <p>In-person attendance at Phoenix City Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85007. Speaker and comment cards will be available at the meeting site.</p> </li> <li> <p>Attend virtually. A link to register to attend and/or speak will be available when the agenda is posted at <a rel="noopener" target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/cityclerk/publicmeetings/notices">phoenix.gov/cityclerk/publicmeetings/notices</a>. Registration to speak must be submitted no later than Tuesday, April 2 by 5:00 p.m. Reference case # ZA-734-23.</p> </li> <li> <p>Hard copy submittals (letters, pictures, etc.) for consideration by the Board may be submitted in person at Phoenix City Hall, 2nd Floor Zoning Counter by Monday, March 25 by 5 p.m.</p> </li> </ul> </div> <p> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">Residents who have any questions or concerns about the proposed shelter are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Homeless Solutions at </span> <a href="mailto:homeless.solutions@phoenix.gov." target="_blank"> <span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> <span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">homeless.solutions@phoenix.gov</span> </span> <span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">. ​</span> </a> </p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/solutionsNewshomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
Phoenix ‘Point in Time’ Homelessness Count Completedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2994Homeless Solutions1/23/2024 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/6YYFXhJ8xQk?si=xh53bD0olnfz5xqlPhoenix ‘Point in Time’ Homelessness Count Completed<div class="ExternalClass884401E88BD44F708E4BA2B3DE47791A"><html> <p>​The Point in Time (PIT)​ Homelessness Street Count is a manual count of those experiencing homelessness over one night in January. The count provides a one-night snapshot of the number of men, women and children living in unsheltered situations or on the streets. Those who are in shelter also will be counted the same night to achieve a total homelessness picture. The information from this count allows us to better tailor resources to help people access services and find housing. It also helps us identify trends and get an understanding of the overall resources needed in our communities.<br></p> <p>​<a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Data/Point-In-Time-Homelessness-Count">Learn more about the PIT Count.</a><br></p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/solutions">Learn more about the efforts of the Office of Homeless Solutions​</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/solutionsVideohomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
Nearly 70% of People Remain Sheltered Following Office of Homeless Solutions Effortshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2950Homeless Solutions12/13/2023 12:45:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2950/Newsroom_OHS_010.jpgNearly 70% of People Remain Sheltered Following Office of Homeless Solutions Efforts<div class="ExternalClassAD438D6979C544BFA49A56C457D1A9E6"><html>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">​Today, the City of Phoenix Office of Homeless Solutions announced that nearly 70% of the 590 individuals who accepted shelter placement when the City closed the area around the Human Services Campus (HSC) to camping are still in shelter, treatment or have been housed. </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br></span><br><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City took a compassionate and dignified approach to closing the HSC area to camping. ​</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><ul role="list"><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="1" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">From May to early November, staff strategically focused on one block at a time, providing advanced notice and offering an indoor place to every individual they encountered, closing a total of 15 blocks to camping. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="2" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Through this initiative, staff offered 718 people services, and 590 accepted a place at an indoor shelter or alternative location. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li><li role="listitem" data-aria-level="1" data-aria-posinset="3" aria-setsize="-1" data-list-defn-props="{"335552541":1,"335559684":-2,"335559685":720,"335559991":360,"469769226":"Symbol","469769242":[8226],"469777803":"left","469777804":"","469777815":"hybridMultilevel"}" data-listid="1" data-font="Symbol" data-leveltext=""><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">As of the end of November, 68%</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> </span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">are still receiving services in a shelter or treatment facility or have been housed.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></li></ul></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">City staff and outreach partners worked closely with every individual during this effort to ensure that the shelters and resources offered to each person would fit their individual needs. When offered the right option, the vast majority of people experiencing homelessness will accept help and services. The City is committed to providing various resources and will continue working diligently to create comprehensive, permanent solutions for people experiencing homelessness in our city. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City plans to add nearly 800 new permanent shelter beds in 2024 and 2025. </span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Learn more about upcoming shelter projects</span><a rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/solutions"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink"> here</span></span></a><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/solutionsNewshomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
City of Phoenix Encourages Residents to Participate in Healthy Giving for the Holidays https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2939Homeless Solutions11/17/2023 6:35:00 PM https://youtu.be/GYNm1QII7Zo?si=96EltqV30Vzfli6vCity of Phoenix Encourages Residents to Participate in Healthy Giving for the Holidays <div class="ExternalClass0704FE506DB547C7996B0D3A85EEF170"><html> <p>This holiday season, the City of Phoenix is encouraging residents who want to help people experiencing homelessness to participate in Healthy Giving.<br><br>Healthy Giving promotes giving responsibly, by donating time or resources to established non-profit and community organizations that provide services to people in need, instead of giving one-off donations on the street.<br><br>“We have such a generous community in Phoenix, and we know people want to help,” said Rachel Milne, Director of the City of Phoenix Office of Homeless Solutions. “People mean well when they give to someone who is unsheltered, but that often encourages them to stay outdoors and away from services that can help end their homelessness. By working with established service providers, it helps create connections that can change people’s lives.”<br><br>“Healthy Giving is about giving a hand up, not a handout,” said Jerome Parker, Community Pastor, First Christian Church (FCC). “We want to encourage the community to be part of the long-term solutions that have a lasting impact. These nonprofits don’t just connect people to resources; they provide human connections that can lead someone who is unsheltered to feel valued, understood, and worthy of a better life.”<br><br><strong style="text-decoration:underline;">How to Give in a Healthy Way</strong><br><strong>Volunteer</strong>:<br>Volunteer to prepare and serve meals at a licensed community kitchen to encourage safe, in-house dining instead of street feeding.<br><br><strong>Donate</strong>:<br>Provide local food banks with donations of nonperishable food, bottled water and toiletries to help the organization’s efforts.<br><br><strong>Empower</strong>:<br>Make financial contributions to support professional outreach teams trained to work with individuals in crisis on the street.<br><br>Residents can learn more about Healthy Giving and find ways to give back responsibly this holiday season at <a href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?59fd74d494002e60fbe6556265251fb6caf5744af073792e1fe45cb1ebc3a513" target="_blank">givesmartaz.org</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/homeless-solutionsVideohomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
City of Phoenix Places 585 People in Shelter While Complying with Court Order Ahead of Deadlinehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2910Homeless Solutions11/3/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/_EHA5QldBBk?si=fv9JO3Dw3PpOohdXCity of Phoenix Places 585 People in Shelter While Complying with Court Order Ahead of Deadline<div class="ExternalClassFE2EC29E51B84569812695ADCF164C27"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix has fulfilled the court's order ahead of the Nov. 4 deadline, removing all tents and makeshift structures from the area around the Human Services Campus (HSC) and addressing the community's concerns while placing hundreds of people in shelter.<br></p> <p>Since May, the City has addressed the area one block at a time,​​​​ conducting outreach and then cleaning up the area and closing blocks to camping. On the days staff conducted engagement efforts, 718 people were offered services. 585 of those individuals accepted placement at an indoor location -- an 81% acceptance rate. This week, the City also opened the <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?8c9c03ca5408c8d83bb9da22ac9142bf969ee42d8e946dbb">Safe Outdoor Space</a> where 21 individuals are currently staying.<br></p> <p>Throughout this process, the City offered every person who staff engaged with a place in an indoor shelter. The City has prioritized rapidly opening additional shelter options. In 2023, the City worked with its partners to add 482 new temporary shelter beds, <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?f28e50282ccc7cbec26d6bcbde564482d0f09da13e725e69">362 of those in October alone</a>. These temporary locations are currently serving people in need while the City continues to implement permanent solutions, including creating and preserving affordable housing as well as adding 790 new shelter beds. </p> <p>Moving forward, the blocks addressed during the outreach and clean-up efforts will remain closed to camping. Signage is posted in the area alerting the community to the closure. The City plans to maintain the area through proactive outreach efforts conducted by the Office of Homeless Solutions, its partners and enforcement when needed. If individuals are found to be camping in the closed areas, the City will make efforts to engage and offer alternative locations. If services are declined and individuals continue to stay in a restricted area, officers have the ​authority to issue a citation or make an arrest.  </p> <p>While the City has met this court deadline, there is still work to be done in order to maintain the area and help people experiencing homelessness across Phoenix. The City will continue working with all individuals who have accepted a place in shelter or at the Safe Outdoor Space to help them on their path to ending their homelessness. The goal remains to ensure that every person has access to safe housing and services while preserving quality of life in our neighborhoods for all residents.​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/homeless-solutionsVideohomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
City of Phoenix Adds 362 New Transitional Lodging Beds for People Experiencing Homelessness in October https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2902Homeless Solutions10/27/2023 10:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2902/Newsroom_Homeless_Beta3.jpgCity of Phoenix Adds 362 New Transitional Lodging Beds for People Experiencing Homelessness in October <div class="ExternalClassA57B5532FDD54127849C1344A71A8453"><html> <p>​<span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">​As the City of Phoenix completes the final steps to meet a court-ordered deadline to address the area around the Human Services Campus, it is rapidly creating additional safe spaces for people experiencing homelessness. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">In October, the City partnered to open three new temporary, transitional lodging locations, adding 302 new beds in Phoenix. The City is also temporarily expanding capacity at the Washington Relief Shelter, adding an additional 60 beds at that location. These temporary locations are currently serving people in need while the City continues to build permanent solutions, including 790 additional new shelter beds and focusing on creating and preserving affordable housing.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>CBI Transitional Lodging Partnership: 140 units</strong></span><strong> </strong></p><p><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Today, in partnership with</span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> Community Bridges INC.</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">, the City opened a new facility that will provide 140 units of transitional lodging for people experiencing homelessness. This location will begin welcoming residents today.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> ​</span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"><img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/Homelessness/Newsroom_Homeless_Beta_CBI.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><strong><br></strong></span></span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><strong>CASS Transitional Lodging Partnership: 60 units</strong></span><strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </strong><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}" style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span><br></span></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">On October 23, in partnership with Central Arizona Shelter Services, Phoenix opened a 60-room transitional lodging facility, serving people 55 and older. This location will operate until renovations are completed on The Haven, a permanent senior shelter set to open in early 2024. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/Homelessness/Newsroom_Homeless_Beta_CASS.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /> </span></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><strong>A New Leaf Transitional Lodging Partnership: 102 units</strong></span><strong> </strong><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":240}"> </span><strong> </strong></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">On October 18, in partnership with A New Leaf, Phoenix </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">opened a 102-room transitional lodging facility to serve people experiencing homelessness. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/Homelessness/Newsroom_Homeless_Beta_NewLeaf.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /></span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><strong>Expanding Capacity at the Washington Relief Shelter: 60 beds</strong></span><strong> </strong><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span><strong> </strong></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">This month, the City, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul and Maricopa County, temporarily expanded capacity at the Washington Relief Shelter adding 60 additional beds.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"> </span></p><p><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":0,"335559740":259}"><img src="/newssite/PublishingImages/Homelessness/Newsroom_Homeless_Beta_Washington.jpg" alt="" style="margin:5px;width:495px;" /><br></span></p> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/homeless-solutionsNewshomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions
City of Phoenix Intends to Meet Court Deadline to Address the Area Around the Human Services Campushttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2897Homeless Solutions10/20/2023 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2897/OHS_Newsroom_Oct202023.pngCity of Phoenix Intends to Meet Court Deadline to Address the Area Around the Human Services Campus<div class="ExternalClass97E8AD77169845728D2A8D68DF636A2C"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix will complete the final steps of a plan to meet a court-ordered deadline to address the area around the Human Services Campus after a Superior Court judge imposed a November 4 deadline to complete “the removal of all tents and other makeshift structures." The City will expedite its existing process and open additional shelter options to comply with the court's order. The City intends to comply with all court directives.<br></p> <p>For several months, the City has been working systematically in the area around the HSC to make significant progress to address community concerns. Since May 2023, the City has addressed 11 blocks around the campus, offering services to individuals experiencing homelessness while cleaning up and closing the blocks to camping.<br></p> <p>The City is addressing the 12th block today. There are three blocks remaining. The final three enhanced engagements will take place prior to the November 4 deadline.<br></p> <p>On Monday, in partnership with <a href="https://www.turnanewleaf.org/" target="_blank">A New Leaf</a>, the City opened a new 100-room hotel shelter that will be occupied in phases. In the coming weeks, the City plans to open an additional temporary 60-room hotel shelter and begin the phased opening of the <a href="/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2866" target="_blank">Safe Outdoor Space</a>.<br></p> <p>The City remains committed to serving every member of our community, including neighborhoods, individuals experiencing homelessness, property owners, and businesses.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/homeless-solutionsNewshomeless-solutionsHomeless Solutions

 

 

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