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January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Monthhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2977Human Services1/10/2024 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2977/city hall.jpgJanuary is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month<div class="ExternalClassB847BE3FC97B4513A21A8209335F5465"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The City of Phoenix invites you to help raise awareness about Human Trafficking this month and all year. January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. More than 27.6 million adults and children are subject to human trafficking around the world.  </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">In 2013, the Mayor's Human Trafficking Task Force, chaired by Councilman Jim Waring adopted a plan called “The Compass" to eliminate human trafficking.</span></p> <p>The plan focuses on four areas:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""><li>Law enforcement</li><li>Victim's Services</li><li>Training </li><li>Awareness and Outreach</li></ul> <p>The City's awareness efforts are headed by the Strategic Initiatives team. You can follow them on social media on <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/PHXStrategicInitiatives">Facebook</a> or <a target="_blank" href="https://twitter.com/i/flow/login?redirect_after_login=/PHXInitiatives">X/Twitter</a> for information and resources all month. To learn more, go to the <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives">City of Phoenix Strategic Initiatives webpage</a>.</p> <p> <a target="_blank" href="https://youtu.be/WspexHS4JxA">This PSA produced by PHXTV</a> highlights two human trafficking survivors on their plight of getting out of today's modern slavery. </p> <p>To report suspected human trafficking contact the Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-877-4AZ-TIPS. ​<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Kicks Off 11th Annual Paint Phoenix Purple Campaign https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2877Human Services10/2/2023 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2877/Newsroom_StrategicInitiatives_003 (749 x 421 px).pngCity of Phoenix Kicks Off 11th Annual Paint Phoenix Purple Campaign <div class="ExternalClass88F3ABEC489041F29F1E5224240734A2"><html>​The City of Phoenix is proud to announce the 11th annual Paint Phoenix Purple campaign to raise awareness about domestic violence and provide education and resources for victims. Domestic violence is a serious, widespread, and dangerous health and safety challenge in our community. By raising awareness about this issue, we can help victims get the support they need and prevent future cases from occurring.<br><br>Paint Phoenix Purple is a local campaign brought to you by a collaboration of more than 50 community, private, and public organizations. The City has partnered with these groups to provide educational resources, activities, and support services for victims including workshops on recognizing signs of abuse, support groups for survivors, and community events.<br><br><strong>Show your Support! Wear purple on Thursday, October 19. </strong><br>Each year, the <a href="https://ncadv.org/" target="_blank">National Coalition Against Domestic Violence</a> chooses a day to wear purple, the color affiliated with ending domestic violence. Wear purple on October 19 and post a photo using #PaintPHXPurple.<br><br>The City of Phoenix is encouraging all residents to join in the effort by wearing purple and participating in local events throughout October. Together, we can send a strong message there is no place for domestic violence in our homes, neighborhoods, schools, or workplaces. <br><br>For more information about Paint Phoenix Purple or how you can get involved, please visit <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">our website</a>. <br><br>Follow the City of Phoenix Strategic Initiatives on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/PHXStrategicInitiatives/" target="_blank">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/PHXInitiatives" target="_blank">Twitter</a> (X) for resources, stories and more throughout the month.<br><br><strong>Paint Phoenix Purple History:</strong><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. Learn more about the campaign and the accomplishments of the City of Phoenix <a href="/humanservices/programs/strategicinitiatives/paintphoenixpurple" target="_blank">here​</a>.<br><br><img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" alt="" src="/humanservicessite/MediaAssets/Domestic%20Violence%20Resources%20-%20resized.png" /><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Phoenix Awarded $10 Million to Expand Tree Planting Efforts https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2861Human Services9/14/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2861/Photo_HeatReadyPHX_NSD_Community-Tree-Workshop__017.jpgPhoenix Awarded $10 Million to Expand Tree Planting Efforts <div class="ExternalClass7EA4A5424542490F9F987F4904308663"><html> <p>​​​<span style="background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">On Thursday, Sept. 14, </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">the United States</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Forest Service announced that </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">t</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">he City of Phoenix </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">was</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">awarded </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">a </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">$10 million </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">grant </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">to </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">support tree planting efforts in heat-vulnerable areas.</span></span><span style="background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span></p><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;" class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW118575522 BCX0"><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> "This significant award is more than just money for tree planting -- it's an acceleration toward a cleaner, cooler, more equitable Phoenix. Expanding our shade canopy has long been one of my priorities, and as we work overtime to combat the impacts of climate change and make our city more resilient to extreme heat, this funding has the potential to multiply our impact. I am excited for Phoenix families to reap the benefits of additional shade, lower energy bills, the creation of green jobs, and cleaner air,</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">" Mayor Gallego said.</span></span></p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"></span></span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span></p></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;" class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW118575522 BCX0"><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Fu</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">nding will go towards tree planting and maintenance, workforce development,</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">community </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">restoration and resilience a</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">s well as </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">mitigating extreme heat</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">.</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">The $10 million will add to the City’s $4 million American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding that was approved by City </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Council in 2022</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> for urban forestry</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">. </span></span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span></p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"><br></span></p></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;" class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW118575522 BCX0"><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">“</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">E</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">veryone deserves to have adequate tree coverage and receiving this funding allows us to expand our current tree planting efforts in the hottest parts of </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Phoenix</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">,” said </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">City of Phoenix</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> Urban Tree Program Manager Lora Martens. “</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Planting more trees allows us to mitigate heat, conserve energy and provide more shade for our residents</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">.”</span></span><span 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style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Currently, the City’s Office of Heat Response and Mitigation is using ARPA funding to </span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">improv</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">e tree equity through two grant programs designed for Phoenix residents and schools</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> in </span></span><a style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:inherit;" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" class="Hyperlink SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-color:rgb(225, 227, 230);" class="FieldRange SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:rgb(5, 99, 193);font-size:12pt;text-decoration-line:underline;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun Underlined SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Qualified Census Tracts</span></span></span></a><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">. The </span><a style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:inherit;" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" class="Hyperlink SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-color:rgb(225, 227, 230);" class="FieldRange SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:rgb(5, 99, 193);font-size:12pt;text-decoration-line:underline;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun Underlined SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Community Canopy</span></span></span></a><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> grant program is designed to offer trees for individuals and neighborhoods and the </span><a style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:inherit;" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" class="Hyperlink SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-color:rgb(225, 227, 230);" class="FieldRange SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:rgb(5, 99, 193);font-size:12pt;text-decoration-line:underline;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun Underlined SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Canopy for Kids</span></span></span></a><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"> grant program focuses on providing trees to public schools, nonprofit schools, and 501(c)(3) organizations that serve youth.</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span></p><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"><br></span></p></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;" class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW118575522 BCX0"><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Q</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">ualifying residents and schools can apply for current grant programs at </span></span><a style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:inherit;" rel="noreferrer noopener" target="_blank" href="/heat" class="Hyperlink SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;background-color:rgb(225, 227, 230);" class="FieldRange SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;color:rgb(5, 99, 193);font-size:12pt;text-decoration-line:underline;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun Underlined SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">Phoenix.gov/heat</span></span></span></a><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0">. Stay tuned for more details on how Phoenix will expand its</span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"> tree planting efforts.</span></span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"> </span></p></div><div style="margin:0px;padding:0px;overflow:visible;cursor:text;clear:both;direction:ltr;font-family:"segoe ui", "segoe ui web", arial, verdana, sans-serif;font-size:12px;" class="OutlineElement Ltr SCXW118575522 BCX0"><p style="margin:0px;padding:0px;vertical-align:baseline;background-color:transparent;color:windowtext;" lang="EN-US" class="Paragraph SCXW118575522 BCX0"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" class="TextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;" class="NormalTextRun SCXW118575522 BCX0"></span></span><span style="margin:0px;padding:0px;font-size:12pt;line-height:20.5042px;font-family:calibri, calibri_embeddedfont, calibri_msfontservice, sans-serif;" data-ccp-props="{"134233117":false,"134233118":false,"201341983":0,"335551550":1,"335551620":1,"335559685":0,"335559737":0,"335559738":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" class="EOP SCXW118575522 BCX0"> ​</span></p></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Human Services Department Announces Diaper Bank Programhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2850Human Services8/30/2023 7:00:00 AMhttps://youtu.be/kRvOQrDU2rs?si=SxJO3QoY-1XiAz-uHuman Services Department Announces Diaper Bank Program<div class="ExternalClassDF0624BB30C446DE9D3C9AE5B44E586D"><html> <p>​The City of Phoenix Human Services Department is excited to announce the Diaper Bank Program! In partnership with the Human Services Department's Family Services Centers, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and statewide community action association, Wildfire, the City of Phoenix will distribute 869,720 diapers to low-income families over the next two years. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-servicesHS
Phoenix Celebrates “Stay Cool Summer” Art Contest Winners https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2780Human Services6/13/2023 7:00:00 AM https://youtu.be/gU30flN3clcPhoenix Celebrates “Stay Cool Summer” Art Contest Winners <div class="ExternalClassD9F724931D3F4BDBB012119A9DD27A57"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">P</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">hoenix kids are heat ready this summer! The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation and Phoenix Public Library teamed up to host a “Stay Cool Summer" art contest. Contestants were tasked with designing a bookmark representing what a “Stay Cool Summer" looks like to them while promoting heat safety messaging.</span></p> <p>After reviewing all the art submissions, three winners were selected by a panel of judges including Mayor Kate Gallego, Office of Heat Response and Mitigation Director Dr. David Hondula and City Librarian Rita Hamilton. </p> <p>Nina Patel, age 14, Sophia Crespo, age 10, and Elise Ramos, age 11, were this year's art contest winners and were celebrated at Burton Barr Central Library during an award event. Each art piece focused on various elements of heat safety messaging including hydration, the importance of sunscreen, and water safety. </p> <p>Winners received swag from the Office of Heat Response and Mitigation including an activity book, a reusable water bottle, and a pencil for future art projects. In addition, the designs were turned into official bookmarks, which are available at all 17 Phoenix Public Library locations and posters that will be displayed in Phoenix City Hall for a week.  ​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Invests $8 Million to Expand Family Shelter Solutions https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2570Human Services11/17/2022 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2570/Newsroom_HumanServices_005.jpgCity of Phoenix Invests $8 Million to Expand Family Shelter Solutions <div class="ExternalClass0510889B7507460E9CB76E36295F9C9B"><html> <p>​<span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">​The City of Phoenix is investing $8 million to help add more safe, indoor spaces for families experiencing homelessness. On Wednesday, the City Council approved two contracts with the Salvation Army and UMOM New Day Center, which will help more than 250 additional vulnerable families each year. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span><br><br></p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“The need for additional family shelter is urgent,” said Rachel Milne, Director of the Office of Homeless Solutions. “Right now, a family who is experiencing homelessness typically waits 10 to 11 weeks before they can get into a shelter. These projects are crucial so that the families aren’t forced to wait any longer to get a roof over their heads.”</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City is investing $6 million to add an additional family shelter building to the Salvation Army campus at 2707 E. Van Buren St. The new building will add 12 family units with beds for as many as 60 people. The expansion will increase the number of families the shelter can serve at one time from 24 to 36. It is expected that the additional rooms will serve more than 170 families each year, including more than 260 children. The Salvation Army Family Shelter currently provides housing, meals, case management, life skills classes, and occupational and crisis counseling to families for up to four months.</span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City also allocated $2 million to create an additional 20 family shelter units at the UMOM New Day Centers campus at </span> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">3333 E Van Buren St. The funding will cover the remodeling and repurposing of an existing building on the campus which can serve an additional 80 families each year. Families typically stay in the shelter program for about 3 months. </span> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span> </p> <p> <span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="none">Funding for the expansion of both Family Emergency Shelter Services is available from Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and Community Development Block Grant coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security Act (CDBG-CV) funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).</span> </p> <br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Volunteers Needed for Tax Seasonhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2542Human Services10/28/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2542/Newsroom_HumanService_Classroom.jpgVolunteers Needed for Tax Season<div class="ExternalClassA50CEB002EA44846AB81C8DE75AFE5C9"><html>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">The City of Phoenix needs your help to save taxpayers hundreds of dollars on filing their taxes. Don’t worry, you don’t need to be an accountant or a math whiz to give back to your community. The City’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will provide all the training you need to help low-to-limited-income individuals and families file their returns for free. </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;" data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> <br></span><br><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">VITA volunteers help educate taxpayers about their returns and make sure they claim every deduction and credit available. Over the last</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> 18 years</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">, VITA volunteers have assisted Phoenix residents in obtaining over $100 million dollars in tax refunds.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">VITA volunteers are certified by the IRS to prepare basic tax returns or help taxpayers complete their own taxes using free do-it-yourself VITA tax software. But we need more than just tax preparers to volunteer. Greeters are the friendly faces who welcome residents to their appointment. We need Screeners to help make sure taxpayers are eligible for free tax preparation and that they have all the necessary documents to file. Our Site Coordinators organize and supervise all VITA sites and volunteers. And, if you’re bilingual, we really need you! Interpreters help provide tax preparation assistance to clients who speak languages other than English.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">“There are many personal and professional benefits to becoming a VITA volunteer,” said Julie Bordelon, VITA Program Coordinator. “Our team members give back to the community, interact with people, make friends, and network. You’ll learn new skills that can help build your resume to get a job or grow your career. Plus, you’ll save money. If you become IRS certified, you’ll never have to pay someone else to do your taxes for you.”</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Volunteering for VITA doesn’t require a huge time commitment and comes with a flexible schedule. We ask that you volunteer for a minimum of four hours per week during tax season from mid-January through mid-April. The training is free and available online to complete at your own pace. You can become a volunteer with as little as 8 hours of training and get IRS certified with 24 hours of training. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">Ready to sign up and work with our VITA team? Register for the next Virtual Information Session on November 8, 2022</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto">.</span><span lang="EN-US" data-contrast="auto"> from 6:00-7:30 p.m. Register <a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/volunteer-income-tax-assistance-vita-information-session-tickets-343377089117" target="_blank">here​</a>. </span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}">Learn more about VITA at <a href="/humanservices/programs/tax-prep" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/taxhelp​</a>.</span></div><div></div>​​<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Invests $12 Million in Homeless Solutions in Octoberhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2537Human Services10/26/2022 10:20:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2537/Newsroom_HumanServices_006.jpgCity of Phoenix Invests $12 Million in Homeless Solutions in October<div class="ExternalClassDE293227FDA24762B60103AFCB7B905E"><html>​<span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;">In Oct. 2022, the Phoenix City Council approved $12 million in funding dedicated to homelessness solutions. The allocated funds will create new shelter and safe spaces to sleep for hundreds of people experiencing homelessness. It will also contribute to wraparound services and support a workforce program to help individuals end their homelessness and become financially self-sufficient. These allocations are part of the </span><a href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/9tz_vAiwC" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener" style="font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">American Rescue Plan Act</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> (ARPA) Strategic Plan</span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US" style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> the City of Phoenix is quickly deploying to assist people experiencing homelessness and the community.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}" style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> </span><br><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><b><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">St. Joseph the Worker Workforce Villages Program</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></b></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City dedicated $2 million of ARPA funding to provide temporary housing for clients participating in St. Joseph the Worker’s Workforce Villages Program. This unique housing program supports employed individuals experiencing homelessness, helping them find permanent housing without any subsidy or housing voucher assistance. Clients receive intensive case management and life skills training and follow a financial management program that includes saving 75% of their net income. Upon successfully exiting the program, clients will have a permanent place to call home and are solely responsible for paying their rent.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>St. Vincent de Paul Transitional Housing Ozanam Manor II</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City dedicated $6 million dollars of ARPA funding to St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) to build a new 100-bed transitional housing facility for individuals experiencing homelessness. The new Ozanam Manor II will supplement the existing 60-bed Ozanam Manor transitional housing program on the SVdP campus at 308 W. Watkins Road. The facility will provide structured, wraparound supportive services to residents with the goal of securing them permanent housing. The funding is a partnership between the City, Maricopa County and the Arizona Department of Housing, with each contributing $6 million. This project is estimated to be complete in summer 2024.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"><br></span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>St. Vincent de Paul Emergency Shelter Services, Washington Relief Shelter</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The City allocated up to $4 million of ARPA funding to extend emergency shelter services at the Washington Relief Shelter through Dec. 2024. The project at 2739 E. Washington St is an ongoing partnership with St. Vincent de Paul and Maricopa County, with the County also contributing an additional $4.8 million to extend operations. The 200-bed shelter, which opened in May 2022, provides wraparound services and is unique in that it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter as well as in the area surrounding the Human Services Campus. The shelter operates 24/7 and residents receive three meals a day, have access to laundry services, showers and hygiene supplies, clothing and are welcome to bring their pets. As of October 22, 2022, the shelter has served 583 people and more than 300 individuals have moved to permanent housing, treatment, reunited with family or otherwise exited positively.</span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US"><strong>Sprung Structure Congregate and Non-congregate Emergency Shelter</strong></span><span data-ccp-props="{"201341983":0,"335559739":160,"335559740":259}"> </span></div><div><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">The Phoenix City Council approved up to $270,000 in ARPA funding to contract with RPM Team, LLC to provide architectural and engineering services for a new Sprung Structure. The project will provide a design for insulated Sprung structures</span><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"> </span><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">and 25-50 non-congregate shelter units to be built on a City-owned site at 2225 W. Lower Buckeye road. The site will offer support services and day and nighttime shelter for up to 200 people at a time, providing a cool, safe space ahead of the 2023 summer heat. RPM Team previously contracted with the City to construct its first Sprung Structure, </span><a href="/newsroom/human-services/2285" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><span data-contrast="none" lang="EN-US"><span data-ccp-charstyle="Hyperlink">Respiro</span></span></a><span data-contrast="auto" lang="EN-US">, which added shelter for 100 people at the Human Services Campus in March 2022. This project is expected to be complete by Spring 2023.</span></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS

 

 

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