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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-servicesHomeless Services Provided to ResidentsHS@phxhumanservices #HomelessHelpCARES, Omnibus Spending Bill, HomelessnessTamra Ingersoll602-376-3981602-534-6648tamra.ingersoll@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/15/Tamra_Ingersoll.jpgDan Wilson, Director602-760-6660602-495-5901daniel.b.wilson@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/87/Dan_Wilson.jpgPHXHumanService

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security10/19/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass82BCD81C521C464CB36137A2A443A2B4"><html> <p>​<strong>We're in this together!</strong> Looking for help? Find information related to the COVID-19 pandemic on this page. Residents with questions about city services and programs are encouraged to call <strong>(602) 262-3111</strong> or e-mail <a href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>​. ​​​​​​​​Phoenix small businesses needing help can call the Phoenix Community and Economic Development hotline at <strong>(602) 262-5040</strong>.</p> <h3>Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<br></h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">Find upcoming testing dates and locations, either on-site or with Phoenix's Mobile Testing Van. Select sites now also offer Vaccinations! Learn more.</a> </p><h3>Vaccine Fact Sheet</h3><p>Download information about the currently approved vaccines.<br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917" target="_blank">On May 19, 2021 the Phoenix City Council updated the Face Coverings information to automatically adjust with CDC guidance. On July 27, 2021, the CDC updated that guidance to require masking indoors in communities with substantial or high virus transmission rates, regardless of vaccination status. Effective Monday, August 2, 2021​, masks are required in all city buildings. As previously decided by the Council, private businesses may set their own policies regarding face coverings applicable to their employees and customers. </a>(<strong>Note: </strong>The airport and public transit remain covered by the Federal mask mandate.) <br></p><h3>Downtown Phoenix Buildings Are “By Appointment Only”​<br></h3><p>​<a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">Public access to the following downtown city of Phoenix buildings is currently by appointment only ​</a><br></p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span><p>Phoenix City Hall – 200 W. Washington St.<br>Calvin C. Goode Building – 251 W. Washington St.<br>Phoenix Public Transit Building – 302 N. First Ave​</p><span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><p> </p> <h3>City of Phoenix Impacted City Services Update</h3> <p> <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Additional resources for Phoenix businesses, the workforce, and residents relating to COVID-19. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan</h3> <p> <a href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">Information and updates on the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) Strategic Plan funded by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Learn more.</a> ​<br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Phoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399Emergency Management & Homeland Security10/19/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClassB5040717F89544C6A2FAAAA1192D96DE"><html> <div class="ExternalClassFA4EFB964BD142158CA446F5807F9C77"> <br> <h2>​COVID-19 Testing<br></h2><p>We're all in this together. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash" target="_blank">#COVID19</a> testing with no out-of-pocket cost. The city of #PHX now has two #COVID19 mobile testing vans out in the community. See also list of <a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561" target="_blank">COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts.</a> </p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #1: </strong><a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">Vincere Cancer Center</a><br></p><p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;line-height:1.6;"> <strong>Mobile Van #2: </strong><a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">Premier Lab Solutions</a><br></p><h2> Vaccinations<br></h2><p>Select events marked with <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> offer COVID-19 tests and vaccines! For other vaccine locations see <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/5659/COVID-19-Vaccine-Locations">Maricopa County Vaccine Finder</a> and <a target="_blank" href="https://www.vaccines.gov/search/">Vaccines.gov seach</a>.<br><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​</span></p><h3>Tuesday, October 19, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, October 20, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Cholla Library<br> 10050 N Metro Pkwy E., Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, October 21, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Paradise Valley Park<br> 17642 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ 85032<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, October 22, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Emmett McLoughlin Community Training & Education Center<br> 1150 S. 7th Ave.. Phoenix, AZ 85007<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, October 23, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Prado Park<br> 6428 S. 19th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85041<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Washington Park<br> 6655 N 23rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, October 25, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Western Star Park<br> 4425 E. Western Star Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85044<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Santa Maria Park<br> 3425 S 71st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85043<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, October 26, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Uncle Sam's<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 3217 E Shea Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85028<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, October 27, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> James Sandoval Preparatory High School/Epworth United Methodist Church<br> 4802 N 59th Ave., Phoenix AZ 85033<br>1:00  - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, October 28, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> El Reposo Park<br> 502 E. Alta Vista Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85042<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, October 29, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Falcon Park<br> 3420 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85009<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, October 30, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Washington Park<br> 6655 N. 23rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85015<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Cesar Chavez Library<br> 3635 W Baseline Road, Laveen, AZ 85339<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a target="_blank" href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p> ​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
New Online Art Map Now Availablehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2109Arts and Culture10/18/2021 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2109/Newsroom_Arts_101.pngNew Online Art Map Now Available<div class="ExternalClass14AC870A88DF4FEBA7D99BA8EE8BCEE0"><html> <div>​The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s new online Public Art Map is up and ready for self-guided tours. It features more than 200 major public art projects created throughout Phoenix by the city’s award-winning Public Art Program. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Each point on the map contains a description highlighting key information about the artist and project. The works range from pedestrian bridges, underpasses, streetscapes, community water facilities and canal projects to monumental indoor and outdoor sculptures, and artist-designed terrazzo floors and installations at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“Art is everywhere, and now Phoenix residents and visitors have the opportunity to explore the city’s public art collection,” said Mitch Menchaca, director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “They can visit these iconic pieces or learn about them without having to leave home. These pieces belong to the community, and we are thrilled to provide this kind of access and information to the public.”</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The map is available on the web, and via your mobile device. Find the public art near you at www.phoenix.gov/arts/publicartmap.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. The Public Art Program was created to build a more beautiful and vibrant city.  Since its inception, it has created more than 200 major projects and become a national leader by involving artists with other design professionals to create a wide range of public buildings, spaces and infrastructure.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNews

 

 

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