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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 Security9/23/2021 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass5FBC9769AF154323B90903D5392FFAAC"><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 Security9/23/2021 4:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass5AA48D8CE0E848C99F51599E56A9DAF1"><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>Thursday, September 23, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 850 E. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, September 24, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cholla Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 10050 N. Metro Pkwy E. Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, September 25, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 6601 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Palo Verde Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4402 N 51st Ave., Phoenix AZ 85031<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, September 27, 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 href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert West Community Center<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6501 Virgina Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, September 28, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, September 29, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7602 W Enancto Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85035<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, September 30, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cortez Park<br> 3434 W. Dunlap, Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​ ​ ​<br>​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Critical Incident Briefing: September 10, 2021 7th Avenue and Willetta Streethttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2080Police9/24/2021 10:03:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/CJV3YUqEuuICritical Incident Briefing: September 10, 2021 7th Avenue and Willetta Street<div class="ExternalClass1FB58C88A1744D05BCB6F52B856D3DB3"><html> <p></p>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised. <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to a death investigation that occurred after a man was detained by police on September 10, 2021, near 7th Avenue and Willetta Street.<br><br>The incident began when Phoenix police received multiple reports of a male walking naked in the street. <br><br>The man in this incident was later identified as 28-year-old Jessee Rickman. <br><br> “…he was in the, the median, like the middle lane, uh, just walking down the street completely naked," reported one 9-1-1 caller. <br><br>When officers first arrived, they saw the Rickman in the middle of the road, naked, appearing upset, and making non-sensical statements.  Additional officers were called to the scene. <br><br>Officers tried to detain Rickman in order to move him out of the roadway. He resisted, resulting in a struggle and him going to the ground. During the struggle, Rickman kicked officers and hissed at them. It took officers about three minutes to place Rickman in handcuffs.<br><br>Rickman's legs were secured with a RIPP restraint which was linked to his handcuffs and a spit hood was also placed on his head.  A RIPP restraint is a device used to secure the legs of an individual to minimize their ability to kick. A spit hood is a mesh cloth material that prevents a person from spitting on others while still allowing them to breath. <br><br>He was then put on his side, in what is known as the recover position, while officers on scene requested the assistance from the Phoenix Fire Department. <br><br>Rickman was moved to a seated position on the sidewalk while waiting for paramedics. When Phoenix Fire Paramedics arrived, they began evaluating Rickman. About 10 minutes into the evaluation, an officer realized that Rickman had lost consciousness. Phoenix Fire began lifesaving measures and transported Rickman to a local hospital where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. <br><br>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Mountain View and Central City Precincts. They range from 23-50 years of age and have between two and 17 years of service with the Phoenix Police Department. <br><br>There were no injuries to officers or other community members.<br> <br>Conclusions about whether the actions of the officers are consistent with department policy and the law will not be made until all facts are known and the investigation is complete. An internal investigation by the Professional Standard Bureau is currently underway, in addition to a criminal investigation. Once the criminal investigation is complete it will then be reviewed by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office.<br> <br>Public records law required redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. Therefore, you may see some parts of Body Worn Camera (BWC) blurred or covered with a black box. Redacted video is released to local media in conjunction with the release of this Critical Incident Briefing for independent review and publication. Complete, unedited versions of the BWC are released to attorneys and the courts as evidence in a criminal case.<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo

 

 

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