Phoenix City Manager Appoints Titus Mathew as Housing Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1978Housing7/2/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1978/titus_image for newsroom.jpgPhoenix City Manager Appoints Titus Mathew as Housing Director<div class="ExternalClassD748A2320A194219B39B5982CAE156E7"><html> <p>After a national search, Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher announced the selection of Titus Mathew as the new Housing Director effective immediately.<br></p> <p>In this role, Mathew will oversee 135 full-time staff<strong>, </strong>51 contract staff and an operating budget<strong> </strong>of $118 million to provide housing programs to Phoenix residents. His team facilitates affordable housing, public housing, Section 8 vouchers and homeownership programs. Mathew and his staff also manage the city's Housing Phoenix Plan, which has a goal of creating or preserving 50,000 homes by 2030 to address the housing shortage in Phoenix.  </p> <p>Mathew has seven years of experience in the Housing Department, including experience as the Acting Housing Director. In his most recent role as a Deputy Housing Director, he was responsible for the management of the department's accounting, budgeting, Information Technology, procurement and contracts sections as well as the Section 8 program.</p> <p>“I am humbled and honored to serve our city and look forward to continuing our mission to provide quality affordable housing and a pathway to self-sufficiency," said Titus Mathew, incoming housing director. “Phoenix has embarked on the Housing Phoenix Plan, which was approved by the Mayor and Council in 2020 and, we will continue to create and preserve 50,000 residential housing units by 2030.  There has never been a greater need for affordable housing than the present and I will strive to work with the Mayor and Council to achieve the goals of the Housing Phoenix Plan." </p> <p>During his 21-year career with the city of Phoenix, Mathew has worked for several city departments and programs including Parks and Recreation, City Manager's HOPE VI Project and the Finance Department Tax Division. Throughout his tenure, Mathew has worked on many Housing Department projects and provided leadership and support to many of the different grants and programs they offer. <br></p> <p>He also was part of the team that redeveloped the Matthew Henson public housing site into the HOPE VI mixed-income housing project. Mathew has a demonstrated commitment to Phoenix public housing residents and the city's Housing staff.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing
Mitigating Rising Temperatures in the Edison-Eastlake Communityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1881Housing5/5/2021 5:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1881/EEC-Rendering_heat-mitigation-story.jpgMitigating Rising Temperatures in the Edison-Eastlake Community<div class="ExternalClass7422569C234F448A80D6E1F726D249DC"><html> <p>​Cities across the globe are seeing rising summer temperatures, in part, due to the Urban Heat Island Effect. This phenomenon is largely due to urban infrastructure, including roads, buildings, and sidewalks absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night. <br></p> <p>In 2018, the city was awarded a $30 million Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to redevelop the Edison-Eastlake neighborhood just east of downtown Phoenix, which tracks some of the hottest temperatures in the city each summer – up to 10 degrees hotter than other areas of the city. This community-driven redevelopment is leading the way for what it means to be a modern, heat-ready community. </p> <p>"It is fitting that a historic neighborhood such as Edison-Eastlake will be home to this new vision for heat-ready housing and community spaces that maintain the traditional qualities of a close-knit neighborhood," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “These new mixed-income units not only provide more modern amenities to residents, they also offer a sense of place with added resources, and promote climate action and heat mitigation in their design to enhance the well-being of our residents and our environment."<br></p> <p>The redevelopment includes: an expansion of Edison Park and the addition of a linear park along 19th Street; the addition of shade trees and shade structures within the many green spaces in the area; an expanded shade canopy along Van Buren, 19th and 20th streets to promote walkability; and the addition of shaded bus shelters. The plan also includes the strategic placement of buildings to block sun exposure and create shade; landscape design and placement of trees to maximize sidewalk shade; the use of heat mitigating roof coatings and building materials, among others. </p> <p>"The Edison-Eastlake community and its residents have dealt with hotter temperatures due to lack of investment for far too long," said Vice Mayor Carlos Garcia, who represents the city's District 8. “I hope this project will help lessen the impact of the warming climate for this diverse and historic neighborhood."<br></p> <p>Residents and community stakeholders have been part of the redevelopment team from the very beginning.  The Nature Conservancy identified the Edison-Eastlake Community as one of three focus areas throughout the Valley to address the impacts of rising temperatures. The project, with support from Phoenix Revitalization Corporation (PRC), engaged residents and stakeholders to create a Heat Action Plan that provides solutions to urban heat in the neighborhood. The Heat Action Plan identified some of the techniques to reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect. </p> <p>"It was important that we brought community partners to this project to provide unique expertise and ensure that the voices of the residents were not only heard, but that they saw their ideas come to life in the design and final product," said Deanna Jonovich, acting Housing director.</p> <p>Community member and resident leader Rosalyn Gordon said shade was of extreme importance to seniors and families, "so it was critical for me to participate in the various community meetings to help identify solutions to address the need for year-round shading in our neighborhood."<br></p> <p>The city's Housing Department also partnered with urban heat researchers at Arizona State University to offer mitigation best-practices and to place heat sensors throughout the community, including two roof top devices, to provide pre- and post-redevelopment data to measure the true impact of the heat mitigation efforts informed by the residents and project partners. </p> <p>"It's really about, 'show me the data," said Paul Coseo, PhD, associate professor of landscape architecture, The Design School, Arizona State University.  "We believe that these design elements will cool the neighborhood, but data will tell us if they really do."<br></p> <p>The redevelopment of the Edison-Eastlake Community is taking shape. New units are being constructed and residents now have an outdoor event space that is available for everyone to enjoy, with ramadas, a shaded, community stage and plenty of trees that are getting ready to throw some shade. </p> <p>Soluna, the first Choice Neighborhoods mixed-income housing development in the Edison-Eastlake Community, is currently taking shape as well. When completed, Soluna will be a modern community with a variety of amenities informed by the residents, including a computer lab, energy-efficient homes and shaded community spaces. The northeast corner will serve as the gateway to the neighborhood and will incorporate public art and shade into an arts plaza.  </p> <p>The next phase of housing development, Harmony at the Park, will continue the heat-mitigation mission, with more shaded community spaces and elements to improve walkability, focusing on safety and comfort. The site will also include a linear park stretching from Villa to Polk streets. This park will provide open green space with walking paths and even more shade trees.</p> <p>And this is just the beginning of the story. The city of Phoenix Housing Department is seeking LEED for Neighborhood Development Silver certification for the area of the neighborhood north of Van Buren Street. LEED is a framework for identifying, implementing and measuring green building and neighborhood design.  </p> <p>"This project will serve as a national model for redevelopment that incorporates health mitigation strategies and technologies at its core," said David Hondula, PhD, associate professor, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, Arizona State University. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing
City of Phoenix Opens Edison Park Activity Hubhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1842Housing4/1/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1842/DSC_0809.JPGCity of Phoenix Opens Edison Park Activity Hub<div class="ExternalClassF7DDDFB39EEE4E64876FCD6CA460A932"><html> <p></p> <p></p><p>City of Phoenix park amenities have reopened, and the residents of the Edison Eastlake Community have a new iconic outdoor event space to enjoy! The Edison Park Activity Hub is available for special occasions or day-to-day events. It consists of a large, event-ready, shaded stage, open gathering area and three artistic, customized ramadas. The Activity Hub is located at Edison Park, at 901 N. 19th St. </p><p>"The Edison Park Activity Hub provides residents a space to hold community gatherings, that also honors native Arizona colors and birds," said District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia. "This hub has been a long time coming for the residents of Edison-Eastlake, who have worked closely with staff to make their dream of a community space, a reality."</p><p>This project was made possible through a Choice Neighborhoods Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. With this grant, the Housing Department is transforming this distressed public housing community into a vibrant, mixed income community with high quality amenities.</p><p>Families can enjoy a show or a beautiful day in the lush green space. The stage and ramadas are unique and detailed with art selected by the community. Additionally, the posts on the structures are embedded with meaningful words identified by residents and community members. </p><p>This unique shaded Activity Hub is event-ready and can be used for community fairs, farmer's markets, performances, basketball games, fitness classes like Yoga or Zumba, open mic nights, public concerts or just to watch kids play.</p><p>The Housing Department will use the Activity Hub for annual community events such as GAIN, Community Connection Fairs, Movies in the Park and various performing arts activities. Residents may also use the Activity Hub for parties and special events. The Activity Hub is available on a first-come, first-served basis; no reservations are required for events with less than 50 attendees.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing
​​Virtual Grand Opening of the Monroe Gardens Apartmentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1780Housing3/2/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1780/Monroe Gardens.JPGhttps://youtu.be/MiD713Ibj-c​​Virtual Grand Opening of the Monroe Gardens Apartments<div class="ExternalClass829EE23664044FE984AAB37D05ADDC4E"><html> <p><span style="font-family:Calibri;">Monroe Gardens Apartments, 1441 E. Monroe St., located in the Eastlake Community near downtown Phoenix. The new development transformed 38 outdated public housing units into 78 project-based Section 8 rental assistance units. <br></span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingVideohousingHousing
Phoenix Celebrates Grand Opening of New Affordable Housing Propertyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1782Housing3/2/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1782/Monroe Gardens.JPGPhoenix Celebrates Grand Opening of New Affordable Housing Property<div class="ExternalClass44DBC945AC274A1AA5EED0191BCA024A"><html> <p>The city of Phoenix Housing Department is celebrating the grand opening of Monroe Gardens Apartments replacing the aged A.L. Krohn East public housing complex built in the 1960s.<br></p> <p>“Our vision to create a stronger and more vibrant Phoenix starts with increased housing options for all residents regardless of income level or family size and Monroe Gardens offers just that," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “I am proud to see this project come to fruition and offer my sincere welcome to the residents who will call it home."<br></p> <p>Monroe Gardens Apartments, 1441 E. Monroe St., are located in the Eastlake Community near downtown Phoenix. The new development transformed 38 outdated public housing units into 78 project-based Section 8 rental assistance units. Residents continue to pay 30 percent of their income for rent and maintain the same basic rights as in the public housing program.</p> <p>“The grand opening of Monroe Gardens Apartments is an important step towards building a safer, inclusive city," said Councilmember Carlos Garcia. “I am proud to have these apartments and families in my district and will continue to advocate for affordable housing for all Phoenicians."<br></p> <p>Monroe Gardens Apartments consist of five buildings, with one-to five-bedroom units, and are equipped with modern amenities designed for families. A partnership with APS Solar Communities Program will add solar-covered carports to the property and provide tenants with a $15 monthly bill credit on their energy bill.<br></p> <p>Eighteen public housing families have relocated back into the new development to enjoy the modern, energy-efficient units and amenities that include a community room, computer lab, ramadas, BBQ grills and a covered playground. This property is also conveniently located near a light rail station in the downtown Eastlake Community.<br></p> <p>This $20 million redevelopment benefits the residents, the neighborhood and the city by replacing aged housing with safe, modern and affordable housing. Its modern design helps revitalize the surrounding neighborhood and encourages additional investment in the community.  <br></p> <p>​The construction of the new property was made possible through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rental Assistance Demonstration Program, a public-private partnership using Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and a collaboration with developer Gorman & Company.<br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing
Phoenix Housing Announces Incentive Program for Section 8 Landlordshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1473Housing8/26/2020 9:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1473/Newsroom_Housing_025.jpgPhoenix Housing Announces Incentive Program for Section 8 Landlords<div class="ExternalClassDA6B4A77181E46AEB8C2A3E0AE9BA5F5"><html> <p> ​The Phoenix City Council and the Housing Department announced today a $500 signing bonus for city of Phoenix landlords participating in the Section 8 program. Beginning September 1, Landlords will receive a $500 signing bonus for any executed Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract.</p> <p> "We know that more affordable housing and wrap-around services are the most straight- forward solutions to end homelessness in Phoenix and across the nation. I welcome the announcement of our new incentive program for landlords participating in the Section 8 program, which will increase the number of units for residents to secure affordable, safe housing," said Mayor Kate Gallego. "This program brings us one step closer to becoming the city we want for ourselves, our children, and our future."</p> <p>This bonus is subsidized with Federal CARES Act funding and is specifically for Phoenix landlords who make their properties available to voucher holders.</p> <p>"Affordable housing for all residents remains a top priority for the city of Phoenix," said District 3 Councilwoman, Debra Stark. "The city's new incentive program will provide landlords a strong incentive to sign a Housing Assistance Payment contract, opening the door for additional housing options for residents with vouchers. This program is a win for all."</p> <p>The landlord incentive will support the city's current efforts to place homeless voucher holders in rental units and also with eviction prevention efforts by encouraging landlords to continue to participate in Section 8. </p> <p>The HAP contracts are valid for one year, which means that the residents with housing vouchers will be assured a place to live for at least 12 months.</p> <p> The city is allocating $500,000 of Section 8 Federal CARES Act funding to this program. The incentive will be available until the funds are exhausted. It is estimated that the city will be able to execute approximately 300 new contracts per month. </p> <p>This opportunity is only available for properties located within the Phoenix city limits.</p> <p>For more information, visit phoenix.gov/housing/section-8-resources.​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing
First Ever Phoenix Housing Plan Is Established! - Virtual Reporthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1437Housing8/4/2020 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/IPfzsiHE89kFirst Ever Phoenix Housing Plan Is Established! - Virtual Report<div class="ExternalClass743F7744FEEE4AEF9F3702536EC255F0"><html> <p>​Phoenix, like other cities across the country has experienced an economic downturn and an affordable housing crisis due to the pandemic. To address this issue, learn how the city’s first-ever Housing Phoenix Plan​ was established in order to create or preserve 50,000 homes by 2030.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingVideohousingHousing
Phoenix Announces First-Ever Plan to Address the Housing Shortage in Phoenixhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1409Housing7/20/2020 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1409/Newsroom_Housing_024.jpgPhoenix Announces First-Ever Plan to Address the Housing Shortage in Phoenix<div class="ExternalClass5F15A906E95E4A79B7E4A217CDA9C6C3"><html> <p>In the city of Phoenix, the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn is intensifying the already existing housing crisis. Phoenix residents, as well as residents in other cities across the country, are experiencing job losses, which can make it even more challenging to afford a place to live.</p> <p>According to Housing and Urban Development's Fair Market Rents, in Arizona the cost of a two-bedroom apartment is $1,097. To afford this level of rent, as well as utilities, a household would need to earn $43,892 annually, or an hourly wage of $21.10 – more than nine dollars above Arizona's minimum wage.</p> <p>To assist residents with this challenge, Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego announces the city's first-ever Housing Phoenix Plan, which establishes a goal of creating or preserving 50,000 homes by 2030 to address the housing shortage in Phoenix.</p> <p>“In June of this year, the Phoenix City Council unanimously approved the first-ever Housing Phoenix Plan. As the fastest growing city in the nation, this initiative works to address our many housing needs and recommends innovative, solution-oriented policies to create a better Phoenix for all. This plan brings us a step closer to becoming the city we all want for ourselves, our children, and our future," says Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>The <a href="/housingsite/Documents/Final_Housing_Phx_Plan.pdf" target="_blank">Housing Phoenix Plan</a> documents the findings of the city's Affordable Housing Initiative, which launched in 2019 with the goal of completing a housing needs assessment and establishing policy recommendations to address the city's current housing challenge. Through extensive research and community outreach, the plan identifies the community's housing needs, documents the housing gap, compiles nationwide best practices, and recommends the following nine policy initiatives to reach the goal of creating a stronger and more vibrant Phoenix through increased housing options for all:</p> <ol> <li>Prioritize New Housing in Areas of Opportunity  </li> <li>Amend Current Zoning Ordinance to Facilitate More Housing Options</li> <li>Redevelop City-Owned Land with Mixed-Income Housing</li> <li>Enhance Public-Private Partnerships and Increase Public, Private and Philanthropic Financing</li> <li>Building Innovations and Cost-Saving Practices</li> <li>Increase Affordable Housing Developer Representation</li> <li>Expand Efforts to Preserve Existing Housing Stock </li> <li>Support Affordable Housing Legislation</li> <li>Education Campaign</li> </ol> <p>As the fifth largest city in the country, Phoenix has experienced consistent population growth which has outpaced the growth of the housing market. A housing gap analysis of the current housing need and the available housing stock shows that Phoenix currently has a need for 163,067 additional housing units.</p> <p>The plan has been publicly supported by the following organizations:</p> <ul> <li> <a href="https://www.azhousingcoalition.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Housing Coalition</a> – “The Arizona Housing Coalition supports these policy recommendations, which have shown great success in increasing affordable housing in other communities across the nation."</li> <li> <a href="https://www.azmultihousing.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Multihousing Association</a> – “Housing affordability is a very complex issue, but the very real and attainable policies presented in the Affordable Housing Initiative will help remedy these issues."</li> <li> <a href="https://downtownvoices.org/" target="_blank">Downtown Voices Coalition</a> – “We express our strong support for the Affordable Housing Initiative."</li> <li> <a href="https://www.gplinc.org/" target="_blank">Greater Phoenix Leadership</a> (GPL) – “The strong consensus of GPL CEOs is that the policy recommendations outlined in the Affordable Housing Initiative are worthy of implementation."</li> <li> <a href="https://www.phoenixcommunityalliance.com/" target="_blank">Phoenix Community Alliance</a> – “We write to emphatically support Phoenix's Affordable Housing Initiative as it is currently formed and presented."</li> </ul> <p>For more information about the Affordable Housing Initiative or the Housing Phoenix Plan, please contact Affordable Housing Advocate, Sheree Bouchee at sheree.bouchee@phoenix.gov.<br></p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing




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