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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-solutionsRendering of the proposed shelter site plan including 3 Sprung Structures and 4 XWings for congregate and non-congregate shelter beds.Homeless Solutions#PHXSolutionsHomelessness, Shelter, Office of Homeless Solutions, Homeless Solutions, PHXSolutions, HomelessnessKristin Couturier602-568-8126kristin.couturier@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/49/Kristin_Courtier.jpgcityofphoenixazRendering of the proposed shelter site plan.

 

 

Fire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3078Parks and Recreation4/19/2024 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3078/Phoenix-Mountain-Preserve.jpgFire Ban in Desert Parks and Preserves Starts May 1<div class="ExternalClass85336C54B5D449EFBC16497AFE21DD2B"><html> <p>The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department will put into effect its annual ban of open fires in the City's desert parks and mountain preserves starting Wednesday, May 1, 2024. The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department's annual fire ban goes into effect the same day .</p><p>In consultation with the Phoenix Fire Department, smoking and charcoal fires are included in the ban due to the extreme fire danger that the combination of low humidity, increased temperatures, excessive dry vegetation, and frequent high winds create each spring.</p><p>The ban applies to <strong>Camelback Mountain, Deem Hills Recreation Area, Lookout Mountain, Papago Park, Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area, Phoenix Mountains Preserve, Phoenix Sonoran Preserve, North Mountain Park, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, and South Mountain Park/Preserve.</strong></p><p>The ban does not apply to the City's flatland parks.</p><p>For those using the City's desert parks and preserve land, the fire ban stipulates the following:</p><p>·       Open wood and charcoal fires are prohibited</p><p>·       Propane or gas grills may be used, but only in established picnic areas</p><p><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><strong>The following activities continue to be prohibited year-round:</strong></span></p><ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Smoking outside enclosed vehicles </li><li>Fireworks</li></ul><p>Motorists traveling through or near Phoenix's desert parks and mountain preserves should use extreme care with smoking materials and dispose of those only in their vehicle's ash tray.</p><p>To protect their homes, residents whose property borders the City's preserve land may remove dry shrubs, brush and grasses, and trim dead branches from trees within the 10-foot strip of land that borders their property. By creating this 10-foot "buffer zone" residents can help to protect their homes from potential brush fires in the adjacent preserve land.</p><p>Preserve neighbors also should check irrigation lines and pool back-flush hoses to ensure that water is not seeping into the preserve. Outside water sources encourage unnaturally dense vegetation growth, which increases fire risk.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/30794/19/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3079/library.jpg​ City Exhibit Takes Aim at Sexual Assault Victim “Shaming" and “Blaming"<div class="ExternalClass528E88C714FC416F97FA616B56521FCD"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives team invites you to visit a powerful exhibit to raise awareness about sexual assault as part of April's “Let's Talk Teal Campaign." April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the city provides resources and awareness events all month.</span></p> <p>The exhibit titled “What were you wearing?" draws attention to the “rape culture," where questions and statements like these are common, and put the blame on the victim. Victim shaming and blaming discourages victims from coming forward to report the crime and seek help. The display features the stories of several survivors and a representation of the clothes they were wearing when they were assaulted. </p> <p>The exhibit is on display at Burton Barr Library on the 2nd floor through April 24th.</p> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix's Strategic Initiatives</a> section collaborates with community partners to combat domestic violence, sexual assault, unhealthy youth relationships, human trafficking, and to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We achieve this mission through prevention, training, community awareness, and enhancing services for the overall well-being of those we serve .​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>News
Operation Makeup Breakuphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/3077Police4/19/2024 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_2RWf2kCisOperation Makeup Breakup<div class="ExternalClassD2BFF659F0AD40889598610F676EACBE"><html> <p>The Phoenix Police Department recently made multiple arrests and recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in stolen property in an organized retail theft investigation, Operation Makeup Breakup.</p> <p> <br>On Thursday, April 18, 2024, the Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office provided statements to the public as well as video surveillance, body worn camera footage, and photographs highlighting the investigation and what was seized after executing multiple search warrants.<br><br>The six-month long investigation looked into an organized cosmetic retail fence; a fence being the individual or group who are purchasing stolen goods and reselling for a profit.<br><br>As a result of the investigation, three women were arrested and detectives were able to recover over 20,000 items, valued at over $560,000.<br><br>The fence was operating three “stores” out of homes in the Phoenix and Tonopah area. Rooms in these homes had been converted into the store fronts that people were invited in to purchase the cosmetics. These stores were not the only way the items were being sold, they were also being sold online and shipped, in some cases in bulk to other states and countries.<br><br>Over the course of the investigation, detectives learned that this fence had been operating for five years.<br><br>The fence purchased the stolen cosmetics from various boosters, individuals who steal or shoplift the goods to sell. Boosters are known to have a “shopping list” of items they know a fence will pay them for.<br><br>The suspects in this case are facing charges of Illegal Control of an Enterprise and Trafficking in Stolen Property.<br><br>“My hope is that this sends a strong message that we are committed to investigating and arresting individuals of all crimes, and theft of this magnitude will not be tolerated,” said Interim Police Chief Michael Sullivan.<br><br>These crimes are taken seriously by the department and the County Attorney’s Office.<br><br>“We need to pay particular attention to this kind of crime – especially when it’s at this scale – because it affects everyone’s bottom line,” said County Attorney Rachel Mitchell. “Retailers have to offset their losses which can mean those of us who are law-abiding citizens pay higher prices.”  <br><br>This is still an open investigation and details available for release are limited.  <br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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