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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’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completionhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-transit/3111Public Transit5/24/2024 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3111/Central Station East Tower Newsroom.pngPhoenix’s Central Station One Step Closer to Completion<div class="ExternalClass8E328A4B8DC04CBF995AF00B775D0E7E"><html> <p> Central Station redevelopment, the mixed-use, transit-oriented development project hosted a topping-out ceremony for the east tower May 23, 2024. This event marks a significant milestone in the construction progress of Central Station.</p><div> </div> <div> Located in the heart of downtown, next to the historic Security Building, Civic Space Park, and ASU's Downtown Campus, Central Station is set to become a new city landmark consisting of two residential towers that will offer student and workforce housing, two levels of below-grade parking, City of Phoenix public transit hub, and retail/office spaces.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Slated to open in early 2025, Central Station will transform how users experience the city's primary downtown bus and light rail transit center, which serves two million passengers annually. Central Station is a public-private partnership with the City of Phoenix retaining ownership of the land and the development partners entering into a long-term ground lease for the project.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div> Representatives from the City of Phoenix, including Councilwoman Ann O’Brien, along with members from the development and project teams, GMH Communities, CBRE Investment Management, Medistar Corporation, Layton Construction, and Multistudio attended the topping out to celebrate this important milestone.  </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/publictransitNews
Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increasehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/budget-and-research/3110Budget & Research5/24/2024 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3110/Phoenix City Hall.pngTruth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Property Tax Increase<div class="ExternalClass90890A8C2D23431CB2A2ED63C2A90F26"><html> <p> <strong>​Tax Notice Explained</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>The accompanying Truth in Taxation notice is required by state law. The required notice addresses the city's primary property tax, which supports the General Fund services such as police and fire, parks and recreation, libraries and senior and community centers. </p> <p>The City of Phoenix's proposed primary property tax rate for 2024-25 of $1.2658 per $100 of assessed valuation is reduced from its 2023-24 rate of $1.2851 per $100 of assessed valuation. However, overall increases in assessed valuation result in a 2% increase in primary property taxes for the average City of Phoenix property owner. Individual experiences may differ based on unique property variances. </p> <p>State law requires the notice below any time the average primary property tax bill increases, even if the primary property tax rate is reduced.  </p> <p>The Truth in Taxation notice prescribed by state law does not address the City's secondary property tax. The City's secondary property tax rate for 2024-25 will be unchanged from its 2023-24 rate of $0.8141 per $100 of assessed valuation. Secondary property taxes pay the bonded debt service for facilities like libraries, police and fire stations, storm drains and parks. </p> <p>For more information, call 602-262-4800, or visit phoenix.gov/budget. </p> <p>Truth in Taxation notice publication dates and locations: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – May 24, 2024 and June 3, 2024. </p> <p>Additionally included in published estimates of revenues and expenses: </p> <p>The Record Reporter – June 10, 2024. </p> <p> <strong>Truth in Taxation Hearing Notice of Tax Increase</strong> <strong> </strong> </p> <p>In compliance with section 42-17107, Arizona Revised Statutes, the City of Phoenix is notifying its property taxpayers of the City of Phoenix's intention to raise its primary property taxes over last year's level.  The City of Phoenix is proposing an increase in primary property taxes of $4,177,285 or 2.00%. </p> <p>For example, the proposed tax increase will cause the City of Phoenix's primary property taxes on a $100,000 home to be $126.58 (total proposed taxes including the tax increase). Without the proposed tax increase, the total taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home would have been $124.10. </p> <p>The proposed increase is exclusive of increased primary property taxes received from new construction. The increase is also exclusive of any changes that may occur from property tax levies for voter approved bonded indebtedness or budget and tax overrides. </p> <p>All interested citizens are invited to attend the public hearing on the tax increase that is scheduled to be held June 12, 2024, at 2:30 p.m. at the City of Phoenix Council Chambers, 200 W. Jefferson St​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/budgetNews
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/solutionsNews

 

 

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