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Phoenix Taps Residents for Feedback on 'Mobile Career Unit'https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2090Human Services10/5/2021 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2090/Photo_Bloomberg_Mobile_Career_Community_Feedback_00091 (1).JPGPhoenix Taps Residents for Feedback on 'Mobile Career Unit'<div class="ExternalClassC1160C846FAE4409938996C801439C68"><html> <p> ​​The city of Phoenix is inviting the community to give feedback on an idea for a "mobile career unit" (MCU) this Saturday at Food City on 35th Avenue and Van Buren.<br><br> The MCU is intended to connect employers to job seekers impacted by the pandemic—right in their communities. At Saturday's event, job seekers will respond to a survey, and have the chance to experience the MCU and provide input.​<br><br> The idea for the MCU came about through the <a href="/newsroom/article/1952" target="_blank">2021 Global Bloomberg Mayors Challenge</a>. Phoenix is one of 50 Champion Cities selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies to be part of this global innovation competition​​​​ that identifies and accelerates the most ambitious ideas developed by cities to enhance their communities. Up to 15 cities will be awarded $1 million each to invest in their idea. <a target="_blank" href="https://action.phoenix.gov/c1.pl?846188f7c155dc388813cf2641a08b2268e12a2e1e07e21b0c577838758515b0">Watch this video</a> to learn more about the challenge.  <br><br> When: Saturday, October 9th from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.​<br><br> Where: Food City at 3442 W Van Buren, Phoenix, AZ 85009<br><br> For more details about Saturday's event, call 602-262-3111 or visit <a href="/mayor/challenge" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/mayorschallenge​</a>. </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Adopts Additional Homelessness Services in 2021https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2091Human Services10/4/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2091/Untitled (1920 x 1080 px).jpgCity of Phoenix Adopts Additional Homelessness Services in 2021<div class="ExternalClassBD8A0B2EF0A845BB95236E57D47E7033"><html> The city of Phoenix prioritizes leading with services when it comes to those experiencing homelessness, and the city recognizes that there are unique populations experiencing homelessness that require specialized service to best meet their needs.<br><br>​In 2021, the mayor and city council approved implementing new practices designed to supplement the city of Phoenix's ongoing “<a target="_blank" href="/humanservicessite/Documents/Homeless%20Strategies%20Final%20Report.pdf">Strategies to Address Homelessness</a>" plan developed in 2020.<br><br><strong>Heat Relief Program ​</strong><br><br>The city's Heat Relief Program was extended through September 2021 with funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). City council voted to extend an agreement for the rental of heat relief equipment, including shade structures around the Human Services Campus and at St. Vincent de Paul's Watkins location. The city's Heat Relief Program was developed to reduce the effects of extreme heat on populations like those experiencing homelessness.<br><br>The city also launched heat relief buses during the summer months of 2021. Out-of-circulation city buses parked outside of the Human Services Campus every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., serving as mobile cooling centers. People could grab water or come on to the air-conditioned buses to cool off. <br><br>"We must do everything we can to help this vulnerable population during the hot summer months," Phoenix District 7 Councilwoman Yassamin Ansari said of the heat relief cooling buses initiative she spearheaded. “I'm proud to be able to deliver yet another avenue for dignified heat relief and will continue this proactive work in 2022."<br><br>During the months of July, August, and September 2021, there were more than 12,700 visits to cooling buses. This total may include duplicate counts, as they are tallied each hour. <br><br><strong>Cleanups</strong><br><br>For years, the city of Phoenix conducted once-a-week coordinated cleanups of the area outside the Human Services Campus. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, mayor and council directed the city's Street Transportation Department to begin cleaning three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—except for holidays. The increased weekly cleanups began in April 2020 and have continued in 2021. The purpose of the cleanups is to protect the health and safety of people living in and around the encampment.<br><br>"The trash starts to build up again almost immediately after each cleanup," said Bill Morlan, owner of Electric Supply, Inc. located near the Human Services Campus. “I cannot imagine the impact on the unsheltered, the neighborhoods, and the community if these cleanups were not happening.  As someone who has been in this neighborhood for decades, I appreciate the city's efforts."<br><br>The city's Street Transportation Department removes approximately four tons of items per month from the roadways and sidewalks during these cleanups.<br><br><strong>Emergency Rental Assistance Program </strong><br><br>Preventing the loss of housing through eviction prevention is a priority in the “Strategies to Address Homelessness." Arizona has had a high eviction rate that has only worsened in 2021. City council allocated $51.1 million in federal emergency rental assistance dollars to begin the <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/rental-assistance">Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program</a> in March of 2021. As of October 2021, the city was distributing an average of $2 million per week to help people with their rent or utilities. The ERA Program is one of nearly a dozen funding sources the city has to assist Phoenix residents with rent and utilities.<br><br>Additionally, through a partnership with Community Legal Services, the city created the <a target="_blank" href="/humanservices/programs/landlord-tenant-counseling">Tenants Eviction Assistance Project (TEAP)</a>. TEAP provides no-cost legal assistance to residents experiencing an eviction crisis, including working cooperatively with local agencies administering COVID-19 related rental and utility assistance programs for the city of Phoenix, Maricopa County, and the state of Arizona.<br><br><strong>PHX C.A.R.E.S.</strong><br><br><a target="_blank" href="/phxcares">PHX C.A.R.E.S.</a> (community, action, response, engagement, services) is an ongoing coordinated response to work with neighborhoods and individuals experiencing homelessness to educate and focus on solutions. For those experiencing homelessness, PHX C.A.R.E.S. sends trained outreach teams to encourage them to accept the services and resources that are offered to help end their homelessness.<br><br>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="https://phxatyourservice.dynamics365portals.us/phxcares/">submit a request online</a>.<br><br><strong>Strategies to Address Homelessness</strong><br><br>Homelessness is a growing issue across the country, including here in Arizona. It is an issue principally addressed by the city of Phoenix, in tandem with local non-profit partners.<br><br>In October 2020, the mayor and city council approved the city's “Strategies to Address Homelessness": a comprehensive eight-part plan addressing complex and far-reaching challenges that homelessness represents in our community. This strategic plan was developed from data collected in community meetings and surveys. In the course of collecting this data, 700+ people attended meetings, 2,200+ people filled out surveys, 2,200+ community comments were received, and 3,700+ survey comments were processed. <br><br>In order to determine priorities for plan implementation, the city council directed the city manager to create the Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan Task Force. This task force meets monthly and is comprised of 18 neighborhood, business, community, and homeless advocates. View the <a target="_blank" href="/humanservicessite/Documents/Homeless%20Strategies%20Final%20Report.pdf">“Strategies to Address Homelessness" here.</a><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
Paint Phoenix Purple - Sojourner Centerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2096Human Services10/4/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/oIOWqEn0_uQPaint Phoenix Purple - Sojourner Center<div class="ExternalClass514684B198F4442EB4298D3922F07DBE"><html> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Since 1977, Sojourner Center has been a safe haven from domestic violence for women and their children in Arizona. Since their founding, they have transformed lives by providing shelter and support services to more than 60,000 adults and children affected by domestic violence.</span> <br> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-servicesHS
Paint Phoenix Purple Donation Drive at Phoenix Libraries to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivorshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2097Human Services10/1/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/kzuBlT2JoBUPaint Phoenix Purple Donation Drive at Phoenix Libraries to Benefit Domestic Violence Survivors<div class="ExternalClassF70CF9C5D15F480BA07084C19825D581"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><span dir="auto">October is #PaintPHXPurple</span><span dir="auto"> Month. It's a city initiative to raise awareness against </span><a dir="auto" href="https://www.youtube.com/hashtag/domesticviolence" spellcheck="false" target="_blank">#DomesticViolence</a><span dir="auto">. All city of Phoenix library branches are accepting donations from October 1st - October 29th to help domestic violence survivors. For more information and to see a list of items needed, go to paintphoenixpurple.org</span>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-servicesHS
Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program Hours Expand to Provide More Access to Residentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2071Human Services9/20/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/hDajqs4M65UEmergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program Hours Expand to Provide More Access to Residents<div class="ExternalClass40BC00CB78D94A32B7766B6DE87AF152"><html> <p></p><p>The city of Phoenix continues to disburse funds through the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) Program to help residents pay their rent and/or utilities. Starting September 20, 2021, the city's three Family Services Centers are extending hours of operation for residents to apply for ERA funds. Hours are now Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Previously, hours were Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) These expanded hours will increase access to appointment opportunities for residents. <br><br></p><p>As part of an ongoing commitment to expedite getting ERA funding out the door, the city also began hiring 50 additional positions in August to assist the program. To date, the city has disbursed more than $35 million of the $51.1 million allocated in March of this year. The city is disbursing an average $2 million per week through the program, which is up from $1 million per week back in April and May.  <br><br></p><p>Funds for this program come from the U.S. Department of Treasury—the entity responsible for deciding who is eligible for these funds. The ERA Program is available to households regardless of citizenship or immigration status and does not require a Social Security Number be provided. <a href="/humanservices/rental-assistance" target="_blank">Learn more about who qualifies here.</a> ​<br><br></p><p>There are two methods for applying for ERA funds. The city's Human Services Department offers a phone appointment system at 602-534-AIDE (2433). The second method of application is through an online portal with <a href="https://wildfireaz.org/PHXERA/" target="_blank">Wildfire</a>. Watch this video <a href="https://youtu.be/hDajqs4M65U" target="_blank">in English</a> (<a href="https://youtu.be/Z691VkvXMZk" target="_blank">o en español</a>) to learn more about the application process. <br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Provides Millions in Rental Assistance, Ramps Up Efforts to Get Additional Funds to Residents More Quicklyhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2004Human Services7/30/2021 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2004/Newsroom_House_001 (002).pngCity of Phoenix Provides Millions in Rental Assistance, Ramps Up Efforts to Get Additional Funds to Residents More Quickly<div class="ExternalClass021D69DEE2C04D4ABE61E3A61D460783"><html>It's a story playing out in homes across our community.  Five months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a Phoenix woman lost her job.  Finding a new job was challenging.  With five kids at home, all trying to do remote learning since their schools were closed made it even more difficult.  After several months, the unemployment benefits were not enough to cover rent and utilities for the single mom, and she found herself thousands of dollars behind. <br><br>That's where the Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program comes into her story.  Earlier this year, the Phoenix City Council approved spending $51 million dollars in Federal ERA funds to assist families.  This family is one of more than 3,100 Phoenix households so far to receive assistance.  This mom and her children received $12,000 to cover owed rent and another $3,000 for unpaid utilities.  The city has disbursed nearly $24 million dollars, more money than any other jurisdiction in Arizona.<br><br>As the federal ban on some evictions is set to expire Saturday, the city is moving at a faster pace to get assistance into the hands of those Phoenix families who need it most.  <br><br>City staff managing the ERA program helped 59% more people last week than they did during weekly average in April.  The average financial assistance per household is $7,500.<br><br>In addition to the $24 million of ERA funds given to Phoenix families, nearly $15 million more in rent and utility assistance from other programs has gone to Phoenix residents during the pandemic, pushing the total help to nearly $40 million dollars.<br><br>“We know the need is great and that's why the Mayor and City Council expect us to take steps to process applications faster," said Gina Montes, Deputy City Manager.  Under the direction of Montes and the City's Human Services Department, the city is working to add additional hours of operation, more staffing and auditing processes so applications can be approved more quickly.<br><br>There are two options for applying for assistance.  The city has partnered with the non-profit <a href="https://wildfireaz.org/" target="_blank">Wildfire</a> to double the number of families who can be helped.  Wildfire is using an online portal to allow residents to do the paperwork over the internet, however due to high demand, the portal is not currently taking new applications.  Wildfire is processing the more than 2,000 applications they currently have and expect to reopen the portal again in August.<br><br>The city is arranging appointments and working with individuals over the phone to meet the stringent requirements mandated by the Federal government.  Residents should call 602-534-AIDE (2433) on Monday's beginning at 8 a.m. to schedule a telephone appointment.<br><br>Human Services Director Marchelle Franklin recounts a story one her staff members told her about a call he made to a resident who had lost his job and got behind on his rent.  “When our employee told the man the City would be able to pay his past-due rent, the man said 'this has lifted a weight off my shoulders.  Thank you, thank you thank you'," Franklin said.  “The man told my employee this was like having a four-leaf clover, a rabbit's foot and other lucky items all at once." <br><br><p>You can find specific details on the program, including eligibility criteria, on the city's <a href="/humanservices/rental-assistance" target="_blank">Emergency Rental Assistance Program</a> website.<br><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City Adds Shelter Beds, Invests in Solutions for Homelessness https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/1742Human Services2/4/2021 4:15:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1742/Newsroom_HSD_0016.jpgCity Adds Shelter Beds, Invests in Solutions for Homelessness <div class="ExternalClassA5B9D9B596B84CD2B7BD2F27818C59AD"><html> The City of Phoenix is investing millions of dollars to meet the needs of those in our community experiencing homelessness. This includes efforts to not only assist those currently lacking shelter, but also those struggling to stay in their homes as the city works to provide more affordable housing options.<br><br>The city has committed $20 million from the 2020-2021 fiscal budget and more than $150 million in federal grant funding to these issues.  The money is used to help thousands of Phoenicians find shelter, work and long-term solutions to the challenges of homelessness.<br><br>Maricopa County is home to nearly 7,500 individuals experiencing homelessness.  More than half of those people lack adequate shelter, and that number is growing steadily.  While this is a problem throughout the county and state, homelessness is principally addressed in the city of Phoenix and with local non-profit partners.  There are approximately 1,800 shelter beds available in Maricopa County.  83% of those are in the city of Phoenix.<br><br>Here is a look at how the city budget and federal grants are being used in our community.<br><br><strong>COUNCIL APPROVES MORE BEDS</strong><br><br>During the Phoenix City Council meeting on Wednesday, the council voted to add hundreds of additional beds to the Human Services Campus near 13th Ave & Madison in downtown Phoenix.  The newly approved expansion will provide an additional 275 beds, bringing the total to 1,788.<br><br><strong>HOUSING AND SHELTER PARTNERSHIPS</strong><br><br>The city of Phoenix relies on community partners who are dedicated to providing shelter, food and support services for individuals in the community experiencing homelessness.  This includes organizations such as United Methodist Outreach (<a href="https://umom.org/" target="_blank">UMOM</a>), <a href="https://cplc.org/" target="_blank">Chicanos Por La Causa</a>, <a href="https://www.cassaz.org/" target="_blank">Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS</a>),  <a href="https://www.nativeconnections.org/youth-services" target="_blank">Native American Connections</a>, <a href="https://communitybridgesaz.org/" target="_blank">Community Bridges</a> and <a href="https://www.sbhservices.org/" target="_blank">Southwest Behavioral Health Services</a>. Grants are provided to these organizations from both city and federal funds to support their community efforts.<br><br><img style="width:406px;" alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/077882/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image002.jpg" /><strong>SUMMER HEAT RELIEF</strong><br><br>The city used the Phoenix Convention Center during the hottest months of the year to set up a Heat Relief Respite center.  Buses took individuals from the area surrounding the Human Services Campus to the site, providing a reprieve from the heat for more than 27,000 people experiencing homelessness.  The site also provided 46,410 meals and more than 64,000 bottles of water over the course of three months.<img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Convention%20Center%20Homeless%20Services.jpg" /><br><br>Funds were also provided to <a href="https://www.justacenter.org/" target="_blank">Justa Center</a>, which serves the senior homeless population to purchase an air-conditioned tent for their parking lot.  St. Vincent de Paul also received funds to add shade structures and staffing to help those on the street receive shelter from the sun.<br><br><img style="width:321px;" alt="" src="file:///C:/Users/077882/AppData/Local/Temp/msohtmlclip1/01/clip_image004.png" /><strong>EMERGENCY SHELTER OPTION</strong><br><br>Using a hotel property, Project Haven has 95 separate units for those most vulnerable during the pandemic.  CASS staff provides case management services and emergency shelter while more permanent housing opportunities are found.<br><br>.<img class="" style="margin:5px;width:493px;vertical-align:baseline;height:307px;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Homeless%20Housing%20Hotel.png" /><br><strong>HOUSING VETERANS</strong><br><br>Last month, Phoenix closed on a vacant property which will be used to provide housing and services for homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.  The $10.5 million project will provide 174 rooms for those veterans, along with a commercial kitchen and conference room where those who served in the military will have access to more stable housing, food and other services.<br><br><strong>AFFORDABLE HOUSING</strong><br><br>The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying an already existing housing crisis.  Housing Phoenix Plan launched in 2019 addressing the city's housing challenges created projects and goals to increase affordable housing options.  This includes the Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).<br><br>This on-going project utilizes $29 million in grant funding to refurbish the state's largest concentration of public housing.  The grant money is being used to revitalize the Edison-Eastlake Community.  577 units of obsolete public housing will be converted into more than 1,000 mixed-income modern housing units.  An additional 177 new mixed-income homes, some as large as 5 bedrooms, are under development in the Soluna Apartments.<br><br><img style="margin:5px;width:495px;" src="/policesite/MediaAssets/Edison%20Eastlake.jpg" /><br><br>In addition, the city allocated $20 million to turn an obsolete public housing complex at 14th St. & Monroe into a new apartment complex.  The Monroe Gardens will include 78 energy-efficient units.  The HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration program caps residents housing costs at 30 percent of their adjusted income.<br><br><strong>RENT AND MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE</strong><br><br>In addition to the funds invested by the City, Phoenix has also secured nearly $82 million in federal grants approved by Congress including the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) funding as well as the Omnibus Spending Bill to support keeping people in their homes.  The initial $29 million was used to offset the economic impact of COVID-19 on Phoenix families, providing them help paying their mortgage or rent and paying for utilities.  This money helped 6,616 families keep a roof over their heads.  Another 385 vulnerable refugee or asylum-seeking families also received housing assistance.    <br><br>Beginning next month, Phoenix residents can apply for a portion of an additional $51 million grant.  This money is specifically earmarked for renters impacted by economic conditions affected by the pandemic.<br><br>The city also dedicated nearly $12 million in CARES funding to further serve the needs of the homeless community during the pandemic.  This includes more than $4 million given to <a href="https://umom.org/" target="_blank">UMOM</a>, a Phoenix shelter that has been providing housing and services for families and single women experiencing homelessness for more than 50 years.  <a href="https://www.cassaz.org/" target="_blank">CASS</a> received more than $6 million to serve a large population of seniors and disabled individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  Grants were also provided to <a href="https://www.nativeconnections.org/youth-services" target="_blank">Native American Connections</a> to provide services for youth as well as money for housing vouchers designed to supplement those who can't pay the full amount of their monthly rent. <br><br><strong>HOW YOU CAN HELP</strong><br><br>We know our community wants to help, but Covid has presented unique challenges for supporting those experiencing homelessness.  Maricopa County Department of Public Health has established a <a href="http://www.givesmartaz.org/" target="_blank">Give Smart website</a> to provide the best ways to provide support to people experiencing homelessness.   Giving to those panhandling on the street may satisfy hunger for the moment, but it unintentionally withholds people from seeking assistance from organizations that not only can provide a hot meal in a safe environment, but who also provide supportive services that can help end homelessness. Street giving also creates crowds which puts an already vulnerable population's health at risk. It keeps people on the streets and negatively impacts communities. By giving smart, you can be part of creating real, long-lasting change. <br><br><br><p><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS
City of Phoenix Joins Operation: Feed the Need and Hosts a Drive-Thru Food Box Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/1497Human Services9/10/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1497/Newsroom_HSD_0015.jpgCity of Phoenix Joins Operation: Feed the Need and Hosts a Drive-Thru Food Box Event<div class="ExternalClass5B7EA0EA6FB1494DB150C5E0D3B2FE20"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The city of Phoenix announced they will join the Salvation Army in hosting an Operation: Feed the Need drive-thru food box distribution event on Saturday, Sept. 12 in west Phoenix.</span></p> <p>The city approved $5 million in available Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to be given to agencies offering food assistance support in Phoenix. The Salvation Army is one of the entities that received some of these funds to help meet the need in Phoenix neighborhoods. </p> <p>“West Phoenix includes many of our neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19, and we depend on the help of our partners to meet the community where they are. It is a top priority of the City of Phoenix to provide food assistance to families. Through partnerships with food banks, schools, non-profits, health centers, and other community partners we have been able to serve our residents when it matters most," said Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>Operation: Feed the Need was created by the Salvation Army to help people in times of crisis have access to food for their families. With funds from the city, food boxes will be distributed at the American Family Fields of Phoenix at 51<sup>st </sup>Ave. and Whitton avenues beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. </p> <p>Residents can drive through the parking lot and by presenting a government-issued photo identification with a Phoenix address can receive a box of food. </p> <p>More information about other programs and funds available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are available at <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/resources</a>. To see the breakdown of the $293 million in CARES Act funding received by the city of Phoenix, visit <a href="/covidrelief" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/COVIDRelief</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesHS

 

 

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