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City Council Increases Incentive Payments to Section 8 Landlordshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/2241Housing2/16/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2241/homeowners.jpgCity Council Increases Incentive Payments to Section 8 Landlords<div class="ExternalClassFD871D6F08214588B959BD54A10866E5"><html> <p></p>The Phoenix City Council voted 9-0 Wednesday to increase the incentive amount from $500 to $2,000 for landlords who enter into a Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) contract.<br><br>The Landlord Incentive Program was first authorized by City Council in 2020. It used $500,000 of federal CARES Act funding to incentivize landlords to make more affordable housing units available to Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) holders. The program offered a one-time payment of $500 to property owners for each housing unit they signed into a Section 8 HAP contract. The initial half-million dollars was exhausted in October 2021, and City Council then approved an additional $1 million from the federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to continue the program.<br><br>Since then, the city has disbursed a total of $148,500 of the new funds to secure 297 housing units for Section 8 voucher holders. The incentives were paid to 165 landlords, of which 32 were first-time Section 8 landlords. In January 2022, members of the Economic Development and Equity subcommittee discussed the idea of raising the incentive amount in order to quickly attract more landlords to the program.<br><br>“Increasing the incentive amount means paying out more funds per unit and expending funds more quickly. It will also make landlords who are uncertain of joining the program more receptive to renting to voucher holders due to the greater appeal of receiving a larger lump-sum," said Housing Director Titus Mathew.<br><br>With the incentive raised to $2,000 per new contract, the Housing Department estimates it will take about six months to use up the remaining funds.<br><br>Landlords who are interested in learning more about Section 8 Housing can find more information <a target="_blank" href="/housing/section-8-resources/landlord#%3a~%3atext=Owners%20may%20register%20their%20rental%2call%20of%20the%20information%20requested"><span style="color:rgb(240, 150, 9);"><span style="">here</span>​</span></a><span style="color:rgb(25, 25, 25);">.</span><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingA couple signs a housing contractHousing#AffordableHousing @PHXHousing @CityofPhoenixAZHousing, affordable housing, vouchers, Section 8 housing, landlords, rentersSpencer Blake602-818-6033602-262-6822spencer.blake@phoenix.govPHXHousing

 

 

Phoenix Gets Additional Housing Vouchers, Higher Fair Market Rent Rates for Voucher Holdershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/2509Housing9/30/2022 8:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2509/newsroom _housing_001.pngPhoenix Gets Additional Housing Vouchers, Higher Fair Market Rent Rates for Voucher Holders<div class="ExternalClassFC6B529E9A004EF1A02F5D92304B23ED"><html> <span style="font-family:Calibri;">​</span><span style="font-size:medium;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-family:Calibri;">The City of Phoenix now has more Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) to help low-income renters have access to safe, decent, affordable housing. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded 92 new HCVs to the city’s Housing Department, marking the first non-competitive, general-purpose voucher increase in more than 10 years. The Housing Department’s voucher allocation increased to 7,204, effective October 1, with this new award.<br></span><br style="font-family:Calibri;"><p style="font-size:medium;">Additionally, the money tied to HCVs will now go much further for voucher recipients in Phoenix with the newly released Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 Fair Market Rents (FMR) from HUD. Annual FMRs refer to the amount of money needed to cover rent and utilities on 40% of rental housing in a given area. While most of the country’s FMRs increase by about 10% on Oct. 1, Phoenix has seen so much rent growth recently that FMRs went up by more than 30%.*</p><p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:Calibri;">These numbers are important because the Phoenix Housing Department uses them to determine <a href="/housingsite/Documents/HCV_Payment_Standards_Oct2022.pdf" target="_blank">Payment Standards​</a> -- how much money can be paid on behalf of a voucher recipient. Effective Oct. 1, Phoenix set the Payment Standards for the program at 110% of the FY2023 FMRs. The increase to FMRs elevates the value of vouchers, giving more opportunities for voucher holders to find rental housing in the private market.</span></p><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <span style="font-size:12pt;">*Table 1. Fair Market Rents (FMR) Year-to-Year % Increases for Phoenix, AZ</span><br style="font-size:12pt;"> <p style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;"></p> <table class="ms-rteTable-default" width="100%" cellspacing="0"> <tbody> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">1-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">3-Bedroom</span><br></td> <td style="width:16.6667%;" class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">4-Bedroom</span><br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2018 to 2019</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​6%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2019 to 2020</span>​<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​10%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​9%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​8%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2020 to 2021</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​8%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​7%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2021 to 2022</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​6%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​5%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​3%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​3%<br></td> </tr> <tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-default"> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​<span style="font-family:"times new roman";font-size:medium;">2022 to 2023</span><br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​34%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​33%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-default">​31%<br></td> <td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-default">​31%<br></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNews
City of Phoenix Recognizes Ten Years of 'Paint Phoenix Purple' —​​​​​​​ a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaignhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2508Human Services9/30/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/mgbPXKyb4tICity of Phoenix Recognizes Ten Years of 'Paint Phoenix Purple' —​​​​​​​ a Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign<div class="ExternalClassA5937701E6C94B378C75465E0DC51B4B"><html> <p>October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month — raising awareness around one of the most widespread and dangerous health and safety challenges in our community today. <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">Paint Phoenix Purple</a> is a City of Phoenix awareness campaign brought to you by a collaboration of more than 50 community, private, and public organizations. <br><br>In December of 2012, the Mayor and City Council endorsed the goal to end domestic violence in Phoenix. In April 2013, that plan was approved. Here are just a few accomplishments over the last 10 years:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Created and distributed more than 80k resources to community partners with information on local shelters, safety planning, and identifying domestic violence</p> </li> <li> <p>Created a centralized screening hotline for placement in local shelters</p> </li> <li> <p>Offered trainings classes to City of Phoenix employees and the community on subjects such as the Arizona Child & Adolescent Survivor Initiative (ACASI) and domestic violence in the LGBTQIA+ community</p> </li> <li> <p>Reached more than 75k students through outreach events at local high schools with lunch time resource fairs, football and volleyball games, and classroom trainings</p> </li> <li> <p>Raised approximately $12k through an online store created for City employees and community members to purchase Paint Phoenix Purple merchandise to wear during the month of October; proceeds benefited the <a href="https://www.acesdv.org/" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.acesdv.org/" target="_blank">Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence</a> (ACESDV)</p> </li> <li> <p>Collected more than 30k items including toiletries, cleaning supplies, new clothing, pet items, and prepaid cell phones for local shelters through an annual donation in conjunction with ACESDV <br></p> </li> </ul> <p>Additionally, the City’s <a href="/humanservices/programs/victims/fac" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/victims/fac" target="_blank">Family Advocacy Center</a> (FAC) made major strides forward, including:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Launched an Order of Protection Pilot program in February 2014 – the FAC worked with other valley law enforcement to develop service processes when orders obtained in Phoenix must be served elsewhere</p> </li> <li> <p>In February 2016, FAC received Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funding from the Arizona Department of Public Safety to implement a mobile victim advocacy project, allowing the expansion of service delivery beyond the walls of the FAC </p> </li> <li> <p>Victim Services Division developed a new electronic system for assigning referrals to Victim Advocates in December 2019, allowing Advocates to spend more time providing services to crime victims<br></p> </li> </ul> <p>Join the City in recognizing this important initiative all throughout the month. See a calendar of events below and <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">more details here</a>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><a style="text-align:center;background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank"><img style="width:550px;height:678px;" border="0" vspace="0" hspace="0" alt="Paint Phoenix Purple 2022 Calendar.PNG" align="middle" data-placement="custom" src="https://action.phoenix.gov/users/myteam46126/Media5918.png?1664561562650" /></a><br></p><p>​If you or someone you know is a victim, please call 1-800-799-HELP (7233) or <a href="/police/domesticviolence" data-cke-saved-href="https://www.phoenix.gov/police/domesticviolence" target="_blank">visit this page for more resources</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideo
Papago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2507Parks and Recreation9/30/2022 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2507/Papago-Park-ADA-Accessible-Fishing-Dock.jpgPapago Park All-Abilities Fishing Dock Ready for All FIshers<div class="ExternalClass9D567A4C559F4A76B16AC7158AA83F1E"><html> <p>​To increase fishing access for everyone at Papago Park, the Parks and Recreation Department is unveiled an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approved covered fishing dock on Thursday, September 29, 2022.<br></p> <p>Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio and the Parks and Recreation Department worked with The Mission Continues, a 9/11 veteran's group, to help build the dock, that will ensure everyone, regardless of ability, is able to fish and enjoy the outdoors. </p> <p>“Fishing is a great pastime that any person, of any ability, should have access to," Councilman Sal DiCiccio said. “I am proud to have worked with our City and other partners to expand accessibility in meaningful ways for our residents, and I encourage you to come check out the new dock!" </p> <p>“This unique dock will help ensure people of all abilities can enjoy all that Papago Park has to offer," Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar said. “It is a small step toward our goal to provide all residents with access to recreation amenities."</p> <p>To make accessibility even easier, the location for the fishing dock is on the largest pond adjacent to the main parking area which includes multiple ADA parking spaces.  <br></p><p>The fishing dock is located at 625 N. Galvin Parkway next to the main entrance of Phoenix Zoo. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews

 

 

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