Now Open: City of Phoenix Pre-Application to Join the Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/housing/2860Housing9/13/2023 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2860/Newsroom_Housing_Aeroterra_01.pngNow Open: City of Phoenix Pre-Application to Join the Housing Choice Voucher Waitlist <div class="ExternalClass2A6E7AF927EF4DD2AC9EED23170C8972"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix Housing Department is now accepting pre-applications to join the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) waitlist. The waitlist will be open for pre-applications through September 26 at 7 p.m. <br><br>The City's HCV program, commonly known as Section 8, is available for low-income individuals and families in need of assistance paying for rental housing. This is the first time the waitlist has opened since 2016. Anyone who is interested in joining the waitlist is encouraged to submit a pre-application during the opening period. <br><br>"At the City, we remain committed to ensuring that Phoenicians can find an affordable place to call home. The Housing Choice Voucher Program plays a crucial role in providing our residents with an opportunity to find safe and stable housing, and I hope all those in need of assistance will take advantage of this opportunity," said Mayor Gallego. <br><br>Voucher recipients are free to choose their own rental housing in the private market. Generally, participants pay 30 percent of their monthly income toward rent and utilities and the program pays the difference up to the contract rent to the landlord each month.  <br><br>Pre-applications are available in multiple languages and accepted online, in-person, and via email, fax, and mail. The pre-application is estimated to take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Placement is not first come, first served. All pre-applications received during the opening period will be electronically randomized for placement on the waitlist and eligibility will be verified when the applicant is selected from the waitlist as vouchers become available.  <br><br>“The Housing Choice Voucher program is a vital tool in helping residents find and keep affordable housing," said Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari. “I'm particularly grateful that City staff have made the pre-application available in a variety of languages, from Spanish to Swahili with various ways to complete and submit the pre-application. I encourage all residents interested in joining the waitlist to apply."   <br><br>“After waiting nearly 8 years, I'm beyond thankful we've been able to reopen the HCV waiting list for the many families and residents in need of this program," said Councilwoman O'Brien. “As thankful as I am that new families will be able to apply for the program, I still would like to see the federal Housing and Urban Development Department look into reevaluating their voucher equation and provide more vouchers to the City of Phoenix to more accurately represent the needs of the fifth largest city in the Country." <br><br>"The Housing Choice Voucher program is an important tool the City is able to utilize to provide housing assistance to low-income families in our community," said Councilwoman Stark. "I am eager to see the pre-application has reopened, and I hope all eligible residents take advantage of this opportunity and apply. Filling out a ten-minute application could be life-changing for those who qualify." <br><br>“Section 8 provides invaluable assistance for low-income families being priced out of the housing market and is a step in the right direction to ensure Phoenix residents have access to safe and stable housing," said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “The application is free and will be available in several languages. Because this is the first time the application has opened in 7 years, I urge everyone who needs the vouchers to apply." <br><br>"I am thankful that the Housing Department has reopened the Section 8 Voucher waitlist for Phoenix residents," said District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado. "This program will help our low-income families who may be struggling to make ends meet and ensure they have safe and accessible housing opportunities." <br><br>"Section 8 Vouchers have the potential to make a real difference in the lives of our lower-income residents," said Councilman Kevin Robinson. "As the chair of the Economic Development and Housing Subcommittee, I am eager to do my part to ensure its success and I look forward to seeing how this program will grow in the future." <br><br>“Since the list was last opened seven years ago, the demand for more affordable housing options has increased and it will continue to increase. While this will help several families in Phoenix, we hope that the federal government will hasten the pace of providing access to more vouchers," said Councilwoman Kesha Hodge Washington. <br><br>Learn more about the pre-application process and how to apply at <a target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/housing">phoenix.gov/housing</a>, email <a target="_blank" href="mailto:S8waitlist@phoenix.gov">S8waitlist@phoenix.gov</a> or call 602-534-3030. <br><br>Landlords interested in learning more about the Housing Choice Voucher Program and the City's available $2,000 landlord incentive can learn more <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?ea25e45740e1ebc244e01801f99e4bb8b4f2603d22c61f6cd7c1ecd414968406">here</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/housingNewshousingAeroterra ApartmentsHousing@PHXHousing #Section8 #HousingChoiceVoucher #AffordableHousingHousing Choice Voucher, Section 8, Housing, Affordable HousingKristin Couturier602-568-8126kristin.couturier@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/49/Kristin_Courtier.jpgPHXHousing



Phoenix Fire and Local 493 Host Annual RBOhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/fire/2948Fire12/6/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/Hkfygd50EPcPhoenix Fire and Local 493 Host Annual RBO<div class="ExternalClassAD63F804788E4CC9A8CDFBB42B57C99B"><html>RBO is a rich and successful aspect of the Phoenix Fire Department’s history and culture.<br><br>This year marks the 34th Anniversary of our annual Relationships by Objective (RBO) annual Labor Management process. It is an important retreat that allows the Phoenix Fire Department and its partners in United Phoenix Fire Firefighters Association (U.P.F.F.A.) Local 493 to identify organizational priorities that affect our firefighters and civilian support staff. Labor management members work collectively on naming and achieving goals that are critical to helping our department thrive. <br><br>The process began in the late eighties after tumultuous challenges began to erode the relationship between fire labor and management.  The RBO process, which is now deeply institutionalized, begins with a labor management retreat during which both sides bring organizational priorities to the table.  Goals are identified and representatives from labor and management are assigned to find solutions. It allows the fire department to seamlessly come together on issues which effect our members.  <br><br>This year’s annual retreat was held at the city of Phoenix Burton Barr Pulliam Auditorium.  Approximately 75 members attended with the first order of business, to review the 2023 action items.  The event was also broadcast live on the Phoenix Fire Department’s Youtube Channel and social media.<br><br>Action items from this year’s event included development of a strategic plan, examining staffing automation, evaluating a wellness fitness initiative, reviewing the labor management team procedure, an assessment of nature code responses, healthy work hours and a work schedule assessment, career development, and a pilot program on firefighter fitness and injury prevention.<br><br>In the afternoon labor and management leaders discussed new action plans for 2024.  Some action items were carried over, such as the Strategic Plan Implementation and nature code response assessment. Others are new, such as staffing automation and integration, payroll efficiencies and solutions, developing internal and external workshops, and strategies for internal communication. Co-chairs representing labor and management were named for each new action plan. Each sub-committee will name quarterly goals and report regularly to labor management leadership.<br><br>Sometimes a group decision is not possible or not in one or both parties’ best interest. In those cases, the appropriate party (labor or management) will decide. The Fire Chief has the final decision-making authority for management decisions, and the Union President has the final decision-making authority for labor decisions. This is agreed upon by the participants and is a key to the effectiveness of labor/management process. <br><br>The beauty of the RBO process is that it is a “give and take” for both sides and the outcome usually represents what is best for the “greater good” of the organization. That is a win that both labor and management can always agree upon.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/fireVideo
Critical Incident Briefing - November 20, 2023 - 25th Drive and Earll Drivehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2947Police12/4/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/D86PxkHpX54Critical Incident Briefing - November 20, 2023 - 25th Drive and Earll Drive<div class="ExternalClass8994475272CB45F3948E2AC0310440A0"><html> <p>​<strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong></p> <p>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an officer-involved shooting (OIS) which occurred on November 20, 2023 in the area of 25th Drive and Earll Drive.</p> <p>This incident originally began in the area of 24th Drive and Thomas Road when Phoenix Police contacted a man after an officer almost struck the man as he rode his bike midblock across Thomas Road. </p> <p>During this contact, the officer detained the man by escorting him to the ground. While on the ground the man did not follow commands. The officer saw a handgun in the man's waistband and order the man not to move. The man resisted and forced his way to his feet. The officer pushed the man away to create distance and took cover behind her patrol car. The man ran away west on Thomas Road. While running the man fired multiple rounds in the officer's direction.  </p> <p> </p> <p>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. </p> <p>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. This is why you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Phoenix Partners with Venture Café Phoenix to Host Second Hackathon Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/innovation/2946Innovation12/4/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2946/Copy of Untitled (749 x 421 px) (3).pngPhoenix Partners with Venture Café Phoenix to Host Second Hackathon Event<div class="ExternalClass17105508825A45A3B960AFDBB2F45E41"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">T</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">he City of Phoenix's Office of Innovation is teaming up with Venture Café Phoenix to host its second hackathon e</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">vent, partnering with the innovation community to develop solutions to city challenges. This time the theme is “Our Future's So Bright We've Got to Build Shade". Mayor Kate Gallego is scheduled to participate.</span></p> <p>“Expanding shade in Phoenix is one of my top priorities, not only to beautify common spaces, but especially to curb adverse health effects from extreme summer heat. That's why we are so excited to host another Venture Café event to bring our city's best minds together to brainstorm innovative ways to create additional shade. Our best ideas come from our most passionate residents, and I can't wait to see what solutions folks bring to the table," said Mayor Gallego.</p> <p>On Dec. 7, more than 30 participants will break into groups to hack innovative solutions to expand manufactured shade across the city. The teams will then present their ideas to a panel of judges and the Venture Café Phoenix community.</p> <p>The winning team will receive a grand total of $3,500 and the second-place team will receive $1,500. All funds will be divided equally among team members. <br><strong> </strong><br>In April 2023, the Office of Innovation hosted its inaugural Innovate PHX Challenge at Venture Café Phoenix, powered by the Center for Entrepreneurial Innovation (CPI). More than 100 people participated in the all-day event developing ideas to expand access to chilled drinking water in public spaces. Innovation is currently testing ideas that came out of the challenge, including heat mitigation materials.</p> <p>Phoenix residents interested in attending the hackathon can Join the City of Phoenix and Venture Café Phoenix on Dec. 7 from 5-7 p.m. at 850 N. 5th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.</p> <p>For more information contact <a href="mailto:innovate@phoenix.com" target="_blank">innovate@phoenix.com</a> or visit phoenix.gov/innovation.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/innovationNews




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