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Leading With Services, Phoenix Brings Resources to Homeless During Community Clean Uphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/920Human Services2/6/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/920/Newsroom_HSD_0010.jpgLeading With Services, Phoenix Brings Resources to Homeless During Community Clean Up<div class="ExternalClassFAFC9D61FD134161A83003FE6101C815"><html> <div>​In an effort to help those experiencing homelessness get connected with much-needed services, the city of Phoenix started a three-day, multi-agency outreach effort around the nonprofit Human Services Campus Wednesday morning. </div><div> </div><div>Six community nonprofits joined the city in the three-day campaign, providing a variety of resources directly to people who had been staying on the street near the campus, at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Madison Street. </div><div> </div><div>Social workers and other workers trained in homeless outreach offered shelter services, and resources meant to target some of the causes of homelessness, including treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, mental health counseling and resources, and referrals to crisis response units for urgent health and safety needs. Workers also shared information on programs specific for women and families, and displaced veterans. It's that array of services and programs that proves most effective in helping those in need, according to Tamyra Spendley, a Deputy Director with Phoenix's Human Services Department.</div><div> </div><div> “As we see the homeless population increase across the nation, it is most important to remember the solution comes only with everyone working together," Spendley noted.  “We combined the engagement outreach to begin with the weekly cleanup the city does around the campus."   </div><div> </div><div>Coordinated outreach efforts like these are part of a citywide approach to helping people experiencing homelessness, and neighborhoods throughout Phoenix where facilities like the Homeless Services Campus do not exist. PHX C.A.R.E.S. focuses on addressing homelessness by using resources from departments throughout the city to provide direct services to individuals, support for neighborhoods and clean up assistance where necessary. The single point of contact helps the city to streamline its response, and better track how the multiple departments' services are being used.</div><div> </div><div>Through the course of Wednesday morning's cleanup and engagement, outreach teams were able to contact 84 people and were able to successfully place 12 individuals, including two seniors, in temporary housing – a crucial first step to addressing long-term homelessness.  Outreach efforts to connect homeless individuals to services will continue through Friday evening.</div><div> </div><div>For years, the city of Phoenix Police and Streets Transportation departments have conducted a coordinated cleanup of the area outside the Human Services Campus on Wednesday mornings. On average, the city's Street Transportation Department removes 2.31 tons of items from the roadways and sidewalks during the weekly cleanup.  </div><div> </div><div>“It has gotten worse over the last three months, so it is really a great thing to see the city out here," Ian Francis, a business owner near the Human Services Campus said.  </div><div> </div><div>The nonprofit Human Services Campus is a 10-acre homelessness services facility located between the downtown core and the Arizona State Capitol Mall that was opened in 2005 to bring nonprofits and providers together in a homeless services campus.</div><div> </div><div>“Even though the Human Services Campus is the largest concentration of service providers for those experiencing homelessness, it is only by cities working together regionally that we can meet the needs and assist in the change," Spendley said. </div><div> </div><div>If you or someone you know needs resources to address homelessness, you can contact PHX C.A.R.E.S. at 602-262-6251, or <a target="_blank" href="/atyourservice">submit a request online​</a>.</div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Free Tax-Filing Help https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/892Human Services1/31/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/892/Newsroom_HSD_0009.jpgFree Tax-Filing Help <div class="ExternalClass727278F386F64E979DCABB7917706059"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam spinning signs on street corners across Phoenix can only mean one thing; it’s tax-filing season. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">And just as certain that tax season will come, Phoenix’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is in full swing to help Phoenicians file their taxes. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Since 2003, city of Phoenix VITA volunteers have helped families claim more than $100 million in federal tax refunds, including more than $2.3 million in in Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) last year alone.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The IRS has declared the last day of January, EITC Awareness Day to inform people with low-to-moderate income about free help for tax-filing. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city of Phoenix VITA program has three alternatives for filing taxes for those meeting eligibility requirements. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">There are 21 VITA sites across Phoenix where certified IRS tax volunteers prepare and e-file tax returns. This service is available for income eligible residents on a first come first serve basis and capacity is limited; locations and times vary.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“We also have a Do it Yourself Facilitated Self Assistance program that allows people to walk into our 21 sites and use our computers and online tax preparation software to do their taxes, and there are no income limitations on this program,” said Julie Bordelon, Program Coordinator for the city of Phoenix VITA program. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Finally, there is the Myfreetaxes.com webpage that allows people from the comfort of their home to use step-by-step guided software to file both Federal and State tax returns online for free. This program is free for anyone making less than $66,000 a year. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">For a list of site locations and hours or for more information on VITA, visit Phoenix.gov/EITC. ​</span> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Financial, Housing Independence Key to Escaping Domsetic Violencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/891Human Services1/31/2020 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/891/Newsroom_HSD_0008-web.jpgFinancial, Housing Independence Key to Escaping Domsetic Violence<div class="ExternalClass10C8D47580A741FA83A24297EA844798"><html> <p>Phoenix Victim Advocates will tell you a day at the Family Advocacy Center is more than a job, it's a calling.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Their passion is to assist victims from the moment they walk through the doors with information, trauma-informed support and resources, and to assist with healing from victimization is the true reward. </p> <p>“Recently, one of our Victim Advocates began working with a woman that was living with her boyfriend who was abusive," Deputy Human Services Director and Family Advocacy Center Director Erin Yabu explains. <br></p> <p>The city employee not only provided emotional support, she helped the victim execute her safety plan to leave the relationship, file a protective order and worked with the victim to exercise her rights to end the lease she shared with her boyfriend. <br></p> <p>“We find many times a barrier for leaving an abusive relationship is the fear of financial obligation for rent," Yabu said. “In the state of Arizona a tenant can terminate their lease early without penalty or require a landlord to change the locks to the home if the tenant is a victim of domestic violence." <br></p> <p>The lease termination must be done in two steps. The tenant must provide the landlord written notice requesting termination of the rental agreement on a date that both you and the landlord agree upon.  This must be within the next 30 days, and it must include a copy of a protective order that has been issued based on domestic violence or sexual assault, or a copy of a police report that states you reported to law enforcement that you were a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.<br></p> <p>The city of Phoenix Human Services Department is also home to the only free landlord and tenant counseling program in Arizona. The program offers counseling and educational support to residents in accordance with the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Services are provided in English and Spanish through one-on-one counseling, phone consultations, emails, education workshops, and community outreach events.<br></p> <p>To learn more about both of these Human Services Department services visit Phoenix.gov/HumanServices. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Provides Free Tax Preparation Helphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/842Human Services1/21/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/842/Newsroom_HSD_009.jpgCity of Phoenix Provides Free Tax Preparation Help<div class="ExternalClassFF705A88CC4B4FD78719FEFC7EB1BF45"><html> <p>It's that time of the year again! Tax season.</p> <p>Each tax season, the city of Phoenix's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $56,000 in 2019 with free tax preparation and filing services. </p> <p>Seventeen primary sites, located in Phoenix, are offering free tax preparation and filing services from Tuesday, January 28 through Wednesday, April 15, including Saturdays. A list of Phoenix sites, with hours and days of operation, is available at phoenix.gov/EITC. It is important to note that hours and days of operation vary for different locations.</p> <p>In addition, the city of Phoenix Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has two alternatives for filing taxes for those meeting eligibility requirements.  This will allow Phoenix residents to save hundreds of dollars in paid preparer fees while using free services that ensure all taxpayer's income, deductions and allowable credits are claimed. </p> <p>Phoenix residents making less than $66,000 a year can use Myfreetaxes.com a self-paced, step-by-step guidance to file tax returns online for free.  </p> <p>Additionally, debuting this year is the "Do it Yourself" Facilitated Self Assistance service. This has no income limitations and lets Phoenix residents use VITA center computers and online tax preparation software. While using the computers, residents are able to get in-person assistance from trained volunteers.</p> <p>For more information about any of these programs or for a list of the EITC site locations and hours of operation, visit phoenix.gov/EITC. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Phoenix's Landlord Tenant Program Moves Out of City Hallhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/718Human Services12/23/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/718/Newsroom_HSD_0007.jpgPhoenix's Landlord Tenant Program Moves Out of City Hall<div class="ExternalClass82EE846A9A1047649E986BB1E629FEA8"><html> <p>Phoenix's Landlord and Tenant Program originated in Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) and has operated at City Hall for many years. The program offers counseling and educational support to residents in accordance with the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Services are provided in English and Spanish through one-on-one counseling, phone consultations, emails, education workshops, and outreach events. </p><p>Starting on January 6, 2020, the Landlord and Tenant Program will migrate from the NSD to the Human Services Department to better align services within the community to help those who may be experiencing hardships. Landlord/Tenant counselors will begin working out of the Travis L. Williams Family Services Center to be more accessible to the community. The three Phoenix Family Services Centers also house eviction prevention programs and emergency funds. </p><p>Learn more about the transition and services offered by visiting <span lang="en-US" style="text-decoration:underline;">phoenix.gov/humanservices.</span><br> ​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Summer Youth Employment Programs Secures Donationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/517Human Services7/29/2019 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/517/Newsroom_HSD_05.jpgSummer Youth Employment Programs Secures Donations<div class="ExternalClassDABF547F6D56420BB2A4E6831FDA3636"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">​This summer, 134 youths in Phoenix worked summer jobs in high-demand business sectors across Phoenix as part of the Phoenix Youth Reach and Invest in Summer Employment (RISE) program.<br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">RISE works with businesses to develop functional internship program opportunities for young adults, by connecting interested businesses with intern candidates. The city of Phoenix, through its General Purpose Fund, pays wages for youth internships. The city allocates $250,000 annually for this program. Additional community support allows more youth to participate in the summer program. This past summer, city funds covered wages for 80 youth while community partners supported 54 additional youth during the 200-hour internship commitment and providing short-term summer employment opportunities for participants that match their interests.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">“It's a mutual investment by companies and the city to build a future workforce," said Mary Alejandro, liaison for Phoenix's Workforce Development youth programs.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">The program helps youth with little or no professional background gain work-based learning. The program also helps to build a sustainable infrastructure to employ, educate, and support generations to come.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">At the end program celebration with this year's participants, two local banks announced funding support to continue the program. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation made a $150,000 investment into RISE and Pacific Premier Bank gave $15,000. </p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"> “RISE is helping Phoenix's youth prepare for jobs in high-demand sectors and is providing valuable career-focused education and meaningful work experiences," said Megan Ackaert, a Region Manager for the Commercial Bank for JPMorgan Chase. “We're extremely proud to support the summer job program for the second year in a row and we're grateful to the city of Phoenix and the employers for their commitment to the program."</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">Recruitment for RISE begins in March each year. In 2019, nearly 450 youth applied for the program. Participants that meet the program requirements are randomly selected to move forward to readiness workshops and on to the summer internship. More information on the program can be found at <a target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/econdev/arizona-at-work/youthprograms">Phoenix.gov/econdev/arizona-at-work/youthprograms</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Giving Meters Unveiled Downtown to Help Fund Services for Homeless https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/524Human Services7/23/2019 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/524/Newsroom_HSD_06.jpgGiving Meters Unveiled Downtown to Help Fund Services for Homeless <div class="ExternalClassC0067132DBBE4176A6917316604D7D2D"><html> <p></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>The city of Phoenix partnered with Downtown Phoenix Partnership (DPP) to debut Giving Meters in the downtown Phoenix area.  </p><p>The Giving Meters are repurposed parking meters, decorated by local artists, that will be placed on sidewalks in areas with high foot traffic in downtown allowing people to give money that will help make sustainable change to those experiencing homelessness through supported services.</p><p>“The giving meters will be easy to find with their bright colors throughout the downtown area," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said.  “There will be three installed on city streets and one will rove around the area ensuring more people learn about the new way to give." </p><p>The Giving Meters will accept both money and credit cards. Funds donated to help the homeless will be administered by PHX C.A.R.E.S., a city of Phoenix program that leads with services to help those experiencing homelessness find long-term solutions​<br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Provides Free Tax Preparation Helphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/525Human Services4/1/2019 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/525/Newsroom_HSD_07.jpgCity of Phoenix Provides Free Tax Preparation Help<div class="ExternalClass7A6032DDEE13485FB0A0F0EDD97CA9EC"><html> <p>​<span style="color:windowtext;font-size:16px;background-color:window;">It's that time of the year again! Tax season.</span></p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Each tax season, the city of Phoenix's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 with free tax preparation and filing services. </p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Seventeen primary sites, located in Phoenix, are offering free tax preparation and filing services from Monday, January 28 through Monday, April 15, including Saturdays. A list of Phoenix sites, with hours and days of operation, is available at phoenix.gov/EITC. It is important to note that hours and days of operation vary for different locations.</p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">In addition, the city of Phoenix Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has two alternatives for filing taxes for those meeting eligibility requirements.  This will allow Phoenix residents to save hundreds of dollars in paid preparer fees while using free services that ensure all taxpayer's income, deductions and allowable credits are claimed. </p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Phoenix residents making less than $66,000 a year can use Myfreetaxes.com a self-paced, step-by-step guidance to file tax returns online for free.  </p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Additionally, debuting this year is the "Do it Yourself" Facilitated Self Assistance service. This has no income limitations and lets Phoenix residents use VITA center computers and online tax preparation software. While using the computers, residents are able to get in-person assistance from trained volunteers.</p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">For more information about any of these programs or for a list of the EITC site locations and hours of operation, visit phoenix.gov/EITC. ​</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS

 

 

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Health Alert: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=16https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/16/S275a.jpgHealth Alert: Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)<div class="ExternalClass6158472297AD4DAC86558FE3A36DD428"><html>Read the City of Phoenix impacted services update; one comprehensive page to track what's open and operating and what's temporarily impacted.<br></html></div>Newshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/10543/9/2020 10:17:13 PM5/30/2020 10:17:13 PM

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