Housing Department Impacted Services Updatehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1063Housing4/1/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1063/Newsroom_Virus_Impacts.pngHousing Department Impacted Services Update<div class="ExternalClass15C6DEC81B0C48648CF51036378B53BD"><html> <p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a> <br><em style="color:windowtext;font-size:13.33px;background-color:window;">Use Translate button to read in another language</em></p><p><em style="color:windowtext;font-size:13.33px;background-color:window;"><a style="font-size:10pt;background-color:window;" href="/housingsite/Documents/031920_Housing_Coronavirus_Update_SP.pdf" target="_blank">Read this page in Spanish. Lea esta página​ en español (PDF)</a>​<br></em></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span></p><p>At Phoenix Housing, we prioritize the health and safety of our communities and want to ensure the well-being of our residents and staff. As the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly known as the novel coronavirus, continues to impact the Phoenix area, Phoenix Housing is taking extra precautionary measures to limit in-person interactions as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and asking our residents and partners to call, email or submit inquiries online rather than visit our offices.<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p><strong style="font-size:14pt;">Temporary Changes at Section 8 Office</strong><br></p><p>Many of our families, landlords and staff are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. In order to keep you and staff healthy and safe, we have implemented an appointment-only system effective<strong> Wednesday, April 1.</strong> You can make an appointment by calling or emailing the <a target="_blank" href="https://quadel.com/contact/#locs">Quadel Phoenix </a>staff directly. Or if you prefer, you can use the following contact information to request an appointment: S8appointment@phoenix.gov or 602-262-6040.​​​​<br></p><p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The Section 8 offices will be installing a secure drop box for participants to drop off information or they can send it electronically. In addition, the city will be paying all landlords timely through direct deposits (ACH payments) and is encouraging all landlords to sign up for electronic payments versus receiving a check.<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p><strong style="font-size:14pt;">Temporary Changes at Public Housing Properties</strong><br></p> <strong>Until further notice</strong> Phoenix Housing has implemented the following precautions to protect its residents:<br> <ul> <li>Leasing offices open by appointment only - office numbers are listed below</li> <li>Suspension of Notices to Vacate and lease violations for non-criminal activity</li> <li>Suspension of evictions for non-criminal activity </li> <li>Suspension of routine work orders </li> <li>Maintenance staff still performing emergency work orders </li> <li>Suspension of housekeeping inspections</li> <li>Suspension of late fees</li> <li>Suspension of home visits and in-person appointments with caseworkers</li> <li>Suspension of all resident activities to include Community Meetings, Tenant Meetings, and Youth Activities</li> <li>Transfers, move-ins, move-outs processed on a case-by-case basis</li> <li>Existing repayment agreements will be extended </li> <li>Recertification deadlines will be extended</li> <li>Pest control services will temporarily be suspended in resident’s units (excluding health and safety)</li> </ul><p><strong>Residents are encouraged to call their property management office with questions:</strong><br>Fillmore Gardens - (602) 256-3144<br>Maryvale Parkway Terrace - (602) 262-1660<br>Pine Towers - (602) 256-3171<br>Sunnyslope Manor - (602) 262-4047<br>Luke Krohn - (602) 262-6973<br>Sidney P. Osborn - (602) 262-6973<br>Foothills Village - (602) 276-5269<br>Scattered Sites - (602) 261-8035</p><p><strong>I live in a city of Phoenix Housing property and I don’t have access to the internet. Where can I find information about the Coronavirus?</strong><br>The Housing department has posted Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information and infographics regarding the Coronavirus at every housing site. If you have specific questions or concerns, talk to your property manager or call the Housing department at 602-262-6794.</p><p><strong>What preventive measures are being taken at city Housing properties?</strong><br>Housing staff has increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting the common areas in all its properties and maintenance staff is power washing all public housing playground equipment twice a day. They are also ensuring ample Personal Protective Equipment is available for them to continue providing essential services.<br></p><p><strong>Are city housing unit inspections continuing to take place as scheduled?</strong><br>The Housing Department has suspended non-essential unit inspections until further notice.</p><p><strong>Are maintenance work orders still being fulfilled at city housing properties? </strong><br>Continue to submit work order requests by calling 602-262-6794. Necessary work will be performed; however, non-emergency maintenance work will be suspended until further notice.</p><p><strong></strong></p><p><strong>Are evictions for public housing residents still taking place?</strong><br>The city of Phoenix has temporarily suspended evictions from city public housing properties.<br><br>For all other questions, please call Phoenix Housing at (602) 262-6794 or email <a href="mailto:housing@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">housing@phoenix.gov</a>. For the latest information, please visit <a href="/Housing" target="_blank">https://www.Phoenix.gov/Housing</a>.<br><br></p><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank"><strong>See all City of Phoenix Impacted Services</strong></a></p></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
Phoenix Addresses the Digital Dividehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1406Housing7/16/2020 9:45:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/94TqnwAQtzcPhoenix Addresses the Digital Divide<div class="ExternalClass0918865D0CA1477AA37F8932F6F96AC1"><html> <p>​​The city of Phoenix has prioritized digital access for low-income residents. $660,000 dollars in federal COVID-19 Relief Funding was allocated to purchase 800 tablets with built-in hotspots for families in city public housing with school-age children. </p> <p>Students and their families in public housing now have access to the internet for school work and other information.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingVideohousingHousing
Project SOAR Participant on Her Way to Princeton Universityhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1375Housing7/2/2020 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1375/Newsroom_Housing_023.jpgProject SOAR Participant on Her Way to Princeton University<div class="ExternalClass80F579EF135E4DA19D9C316D7A7FF89E"><html> <p>​Melanie Delgado Santacruz is a participant in the city’s ROSS for Education program - also known as Project SOAR (Student + Opportunities + Achievements = Results). She is a recent Phoenix Union Bioscience High School graduate.</p> <p>She enrolled in Project SOAR in 2017 as a Sophomore with a 4.0 GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society and a participant with the Be A Leader Foundation. Be a Leader empowers students with leadership skills and support through high school.</p> <p>Upon enrollment in the city’s program, Melanie was self-sufficient, however, she gained additional support from her Education Navigator, Bethany Neal, who was always available to provide advice on navigating the education system and case management services. Melanie completed her Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in 2019 at the city’s College Depot.  </p> <p>Not only has Melanie completed high school, but she was accepted to Princeton University with a full-ride scholarship. She is one of 50 students chosen for the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship and the only recipient from Arizona.</p> <p>Melanie has started online classes with a summer bridge program for first-generation students and will officially start as a freshman at Princeton in the fall.</p> <p>Melanie plans to major in engineering. She is very honored and excited to be attending Princeton.</p> <p>CONGRATULATIONS Melanie!</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing
U.S. HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson Visits EnVision Centerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1349Housing6/17/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/VCEv4HVE3aYU.S. HUD Secretary Dr. Ben Carson Visits EnVision Center<div class="ExternalClassDEA330B1FFA74F329968C4A1E7070AF5"><html> <p>​U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Dr. Ben Carson, visited Aeroterra's EnVision Center recently. This EnVision Center is the first in Arizona and it utilizes public-private partnerships to provide services designed to assist residents in achieving self-sufficiency.</p> <p>EnVision Centers offer residents a centralized hub where they can receive support from partnering organizations in the areas of economic empowerment, educational advancement, health and wellness, and character and leadership.</p> <p>This HUD initiative operates under the notion that financial support alone is insufficient to solve the problem of poverty.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingVideohousingHousing
Phoenix City Council Unanimously Approves Major Affordable Housing Initiative with Goal of Creating or Preserving 50,000 Housing Units by 2030https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/1347Housing6/17/2020 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1347/Newsroom_Housing_022.jpgPhoenix City Council Unanimously Approves Major Affordable Housing Initiative with Goal of Creating or Preserving 50,000 Housing Units by 2030<div class="ExternalClass71831ACE99114F3E9E46E33C5800F85D"><html> <p style="text-align:center;">​Vote takes place same day as visit by U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson</p> <p>PHOENIX- Today, Phoenix City Council unanimously approved a new citywide affordable housing initiative that will work to address the many housing needs in the nation's fastest-growing city. Earlier in the day, Phoenix Housing Department staff and Mayor Gallego joined U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson as he toured city housing sites. </p> <p>The plan approved today will address the need for an additional 163,000 housing units in Phoenix. Housing costs have grown in Phoenix as wages have stayed stagnant. This, along with a dearth of affordable and workforce housing options, have widened the gap of housing accessibility for far too many residents. The plan seeks to address the following areas:</p> <ul> <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 Partnership and Establish Alternative Funding Sources  </li> <li>Implement Cost Saving Policies for Housing Development  </li> <li>Increase Affordable Housing Developer Representation  </li> <li>Expand Efforts to Preserve Existing Housing Stock  </li> <li>Support Affordable Housing Legislation  </li> <li>Initiate Housing Options Education Campaign  </li> </ul> <p>This citywide plan will require partnerships between both outside organizations and other levels of government. To that end, Mayor Gallego discussed with U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson how the city might better partner with the federal government to address the city's housing needs. Today's vote and visit by Secretary Carson is yet another important step in making Phoenix a city that works for everyone.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingHousing






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