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City of Phoenix Investments Increase Number of Sheltered Individuals, Decrease Unsheltered in Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/homeless-solutions/3109Homeless Solutions5/22/2024 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3109/Newsroom_OHS_009.pngCity of Phoenix Investments Increase Number of Sheltered Individuals, Decrease Unsheltered in Phoenix <div class="ExternalClassA35D87CDE4054B29B1AA049DA3A9F208"><html> <p>Today, the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) released <a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/Portals/0/Homelessness/PIT-Count/2024/2024-PIT-Count-Report.pdf?ver=djMlOCF-KPo72ljiQxWHeg%3d%3d">data from its 2024 Point-in-Time (PIT) Homelessness Count</a>, showing a significant increase in the number of sheltered individuals in Phoenix and a significant decrease in the number of unsheltered individuals in the city. This positive change is a direct result of the City of Phoenix’s ongoing investment in creating new shelter beds and connecting people with services in Phoenix.  <br></p> <p>“This year’s Point-in-Time count demonstrates that the work we’ve done to expand shelter options is making a measurable difference,” Mayor Kate Gallego said. “Although the number of those living unsheltered in our community is still too high, and we certainly have more work to do to get people into permanent, stable housing, it’s reassuring to know that we are making steady progress getting residents off the streets and into safer situations.” <br></p><p> The Point-in-Time (PIT) Homeless Count is an annual street and shelter count that determines the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County during a given point in time, as part of a national effort to identify the extent of homelessness across the country. According to the 2024 PIT Count:  <br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>The number of unsheltered individuals in Phoenix decreased by 19% from 3,333 people in 2023 to 2,701 in 2024.  </li><li>The number of people experiencing homelessness who are sheltered increased by 15% from 3,569 in 2023 to 4,115 in 2024.  </li><li>The total population of people experiencing homelessness in Phoenix decreased by just over 1% from 6,902 in 2023 to 6,816 in 2024. </li></ul> <p>“I am proud to see that the City’s investments in shelter are paying off for our community,” said Rachel Milne, Homeless Solutions Director. “While we know shelter alone does not solve homelessness, it is a crucial first step for many people to connect with the right resources and support to end their homelessness. Our commitment to addressing homelessness is stronger than ever. We will continue to collaborate with our community partners and invest in creating more shelter, housing and supportive services for those in need.” <br></p> <p>The City of Phoenix has prioritized creating more indoor shelter than ever before in the last several years, adding 592 new permanent beds in 2022 and 480 temporary beds in 2023. The City continues to build permanent solutions, with another 790 new beds planned for 2024 and 2025, including a 280-bed navigation center planned in West Phoenix.  <br></p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/solutions">Learn more about the City’s efforts to address homelessness. ​</a> </p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Data/Point-In-Time-Homelessness-Count">Learn more about the PIT Count. </a></p><div><p><strong>WATCH</strong>: <a href="/newsroom/homeless-solutions/2994" target="_blank">Phoenix Point-In-Time Homelessness Count Completed​</a> </p><span style="font-size:10pt;"> </span></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/solutionsNewshomeless-solutionsAn Office of Homeless Solutions Homeless Liaison speaks to a person experiencing homelessness while conducting the 2024 Point-in-Time Count Homeless Solutions#PHXSolutions, #Homelessness, #HomelessSolutionsPoint-In-Time Count, Homeless Solutions, Office of Homeless Solutions, HomelessnessKristin Couturier602-568-8126kristin.couturier@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/49/Kristin_Courtier.jpgcityofphoenixaz

 

 

Phoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/3141Parks and Recreation6/21/2024 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3141/El-Oso-Sunscreen-Dispenser.jpgPhoenix Parks Partners with IMPACT Melanoma to Bring Awareness to Skin Cancer<div class="ExternalClass308CA226358745318F801EEEA515EEE4"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is proud to announce a partnership with IMPACT Melanoma, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing skin cancer. This collaboration aims to enhance sun safety practices at various splash pad locations across the City by providing free sunscreen to park visitors.<br></p> <p>The decision to initiate this partnership comes as a response to the pressing need for increased awareness and prevention of skin cancer, particularly melanoma, which poses a significant health risk in Arizona's sunny climate. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 100,640 individuals in the United States will be diagnosed with melanoma in 2024 alone.</p> <p>"Our desert environment exposes us to intense UV radiation, making sun protection a critical aspect of public health," said Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department Cynthia Aguilar. "By joining forces with IMPACT Melanoma, we are taking proactive steps to ensure the well-being of our community members and promote sun-safe behaviors."</p> <p>“IMPACT Melanoma is thrilled to partner with Phoenix Parks and Recreation to share melanoma prevention education and provide free sunscreen at neighborhood splash pads," said IMPACT Melanoma Executive Director Deb Girard.</p> <p>Under this partnership, IMPACT Melanoma will supply six portable sunscreen dispensers to be strategically placed at select splash pad locations throughout the City. These dispensers will be regularly maintained and refilled with sunscreen throughout the 2024 splash pad season, which runs from May 25 to October 1.</p> <p>The six splash pad sites participating in this initiative include:</p> <ul> <li>Altadena Park - 3711 E. Altadena Ave.</li> <li>Margaret T. Hance Park – 67 W. Culver St.</li> <li>El Oso Park - 3451 N. 75th Ave.</li> <li>Mariposa Park - 3150 W. Morten Ave.</li> <li>Nuestro Park - 1433 S. 9th St.</li> <li>Trailside Point Park - 7215 W. Vineyard Rd.</li> </ul> <p>The partnership agreement was unanimously approved by the Parks and Recreation Board, reflecting the collective dedication to safeguarding public health and promoting sun safety practices. As summer approaches, this collaborative effort stands as a testament to the City's commitment to the well-being of its residents.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Phoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Toolhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/3140Fire6/20/2024 8:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3140/BK3A9673-Enhanced-NR.jpghttps://youtu.be/V_6ygBrd5GwPhoenix Fire Department New Heat Illness Treatment Tool<div class="ExternalClassC7629A4172BB4CAEAC249852214AD7CD"><html> <p>​​​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This summer, the Phoenix Fire Department has introduced a new and innovative approach to treating heat victims: Cold Water Immersion. These specialized ice bags are being used to rapidly cool down individuals suffering from extreme heat-related illnesses, offering a quick and effective method to manage the often-dangerous effects of extreme heat.</span></p> <p>The cold-water immersion is used when a patient's temperature surpasses 104 degrees and they present with altered mental status. Once the patient is fully immersed in the ice, firefighter-paramedics constantly reevaluate vital signs including their temperature. The patient is removed from the bag when their temperature drops to 101 degrees. </p> <p>Since May 1st, every response vehicle within the Phoenix Fire Department has been outfitted with the equipment and necessary tools to integrate this method into standard protocol for dealing with heat-related emergencies. Training for the proper application and monitoring of this method has been provided to ensure effectiveness and safety to all 1,800 Phoenix Firefighters.</p> <p>At the beginning of May, one bag a week was used on average. Now nearing the end of June, the bags are used roughly three times a day. </p> <p>“This is a collaborative effort," Captain Rob McDade added. “We've worked with local E.R.'s, local doctors, our own medical director, our EMS department – we looked at how can we help those that we serve having critical heat emergencies?"</p> <p>As the excessive heat becomes more frequent and intense, this simple yet effective measure plays a crucial role in saving lives and enhancing emergency response capabilities. </p> <p>And the impact has already been seen. </p> <p>Battalion Chief Austin Moreland works within the Emergency Medical Services section and helped deploy this new program and training. He said, “We've already seen people who were extremely hot this year, who last year they might not have made it – and because of these efforts this year, they're leaving the hospital with no deficits."​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
City of Phoenix Independence Day Holiday Noticehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/3116City Manager6/20/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3116/Newsroom_CityHall.jpgCity of Phoenix Independence Day Holiday Notice<div class="ExternalClassE4A8A1080D4D4606BBDDEE0A8E8D44BB"><html> <p>Learn about the <a href="/parks/special-events/fabphx4" target="_blank">Fabulous Phoenix 4th Fireworks Celebration</a>.<span style="font-family:hind, "open sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;"> </span>​</p><p>City of Phoenix offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. Here's how City services are affected:  </p> <p> <strong></strong></p><p><strong>Solid Waste Collection:</strong> Curbside collection will not change during the week of Independence Day. Trash and recycling collection will happen as regularly scheduled on the 4th of July.</p><p><strong>Transfer Stations:</strong> Both the 27th Ave. and North Gateway transfer stations will be closed on Thursday, July 4.</p><p><strong>Public Works Customer Contact Center:</strong> The Contact Center will be closed on Thursday, July 4. It will reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday, July 5. Residents can call 602-262-6251.<br></p> <p> <strong></strong><strong>Library:</strong> All Phoenix Public Library locations are closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Visit <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/" target="_blank">phoenixpubliclibrary.org</a> for more details. The heat relief Respite Center (<a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/burton-barr" target="_blank">Burton Barr Central Library</a>) and Cooling Centers (<a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/cholla" target="_blank">Cholla</a>, <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/harmon" target="_blank">Harmon</a> and <a href="https://www.phoenixpubliclibrary.org/locations/yucca" target="_blank">Yucca</a> libraries) extended hours will be open for heat relief services <strong>only</strong> from <strong>noon – 10 p.m.</strong> Phoenix Public Library book drops and digital/eResources are available 24/7.</p> <p> <strong>Parking Meters:</strong> All parking meters are enforced 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, including weekends and holidays. </p> <p> <strong></strong><strong>Parks and Recreation Facilities:</strong> City of Phoenix Community centers will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for the holiday. Parks and trails will be open for regular hours, but please review “<a href="/parks/trails" target="_blank">Take a Hike. Do it Right</a>." safety guidelines before visiting a trail. City pools will be open for open swim from noon to 6 p.m., however there will be no programming.  </p> <p> <strong>S'edav Va'aki Museum</strong> will be closed on Thursday, July 4. </p> <p> <strong></strong><strong>Public Transit:</strong> Both bus and light rail will operate on a Sunday schedule Thursday, July 4. There is no Express or RAPID bus service and Customer Service is closed. The following public transit centers also are closed: Ed Pastor, Sunnyslope and Central Station. Check ValleyMetro.org for schedules.<br></p> <p> <strong>Dial-a-Ride service</strong> will be available, by reservation, between 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. To learn more about the Dial-a-Ride service, visit <a href="/dial-a-ride" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/dial-a-ride</a>. </p> <p> </p> <p> <strong>Sky Harbor International Airport:</strong> If you plan to park at the airport, reserve your parking in advance. Book your parking at <a href="https://www.skyharbor.com/parking/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com/parkphx</a>. Come early even if you have a reservation. You can also Use our Find A Spot tool to see parking availability. This can be found at <a href="https://apps.skyharbor.com/findaspot/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com/findaspot</a>.   </p> <p>Passengers can view security checkpoint wait times on <a href="https://skyharbor.com/" target="_blank">skyharbor.com</a> or on one of the flight information display boards in each terminal. You can use any security checkpoint in Terminal 4 to access any gate.   </p> <p>The PHX Reserve program allows guests to schedule a specific time for their TSA security screening. All you need to do is reserve your time and show up at your assigned checkpoint at your appointment time. Register at <a href="https://skyharbor.com/phxreserve" target="_blank">skyharbor.com/phxreserve</a>.   </p> <p>Confirm flight status with your airline before heading to the airport, then give yourself plenty of time. Arrive at the airport at least two hours before your flight departs if you are flying domestically, three hours if you are flying internationally.   </p> <p>Finally, look for Navigators dressed in purple. Navigator volunteers serve all over the Airport by providing directions, information, and friendly assistance. They serve as a welcoming presence to more than 120,000 passengers each day, truly making it America's Friendliest Airport®.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews

 

 

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