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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

 

 

2023 Arizona MLK Living the Dream Honorees Announcedhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/equal-opportunity/1673Equal Opportunity11/30/2022 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1673/Newsroom_EOD_013.jpg2023 Arizona MLK Living the Dream Honorees Announced<div class="ExternalClassA5345EE4B8624C56937E38F2C17754ED"><html> <p></p><p><strong>Celebrate and Honor Community Champions</strong></p><p>Celebrate the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday at the 37th Annual Arizona MLK Awards Breakfast "Believe in the Dream," 7:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at the Phoenix Convention Center, North Ballroom. This annual event honors the winners of the Phoenix Human Relations Commission's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. "Living the Dream Award," and the Calvin C. Goode "Lifetime Achievement Award." </p><p>The honorees are:</p><p><strong>Calvin C. Goode - MLK "Lifetime Achievement Award"</strong><br></p><ul><li><p>Ms. Elizabeth Paulus <br></p></li></ul><p><strong>MLK "Living the Dream Award"</strong><br></p><ul><li><p>Ms. Wen Chyi Chiu                </p></li><li><p>Ms. Sharise L. Erby</p></li><li><p>Mr. Cordero Holmes               </p></li><li><p>Dr. Will Moreland                 </p></li></ul><p></p><p>Sponsorship and event ticket information is available at 602-513-8311. For updates and information about the event, visit:<a href="http://azmlk.org/" target="_blank"> azmlk.org</a> or phoenix.gov/eod.  The title sponsor is Amazon, and the presenting sponsors are PetSmart and Verizon. The event is hosted by the Arizona Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee, the City of Phoenix and the Phoenix Human Relations Commission.​<br></p><br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/eodNews
Road Closures Planned for Saturday's APS Electric Light Paradehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/street-transportation/2582Street Transportation11/30/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2582/elp image.jpgRoad Closures Planned for Saturday's APS Electric Light Parade<div class="ExternalClassB2A54F90D0354C37BC2421E55EE099D9"><html> <p>The <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2125">35th Annual APS Electric Light Parade</a> takes to the streets of central Phoenix on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. Residents and attendees should plan ahead for scheduled street closures and vehicle restrictions in the area surrounding the parade route. Parade details and know-before-you-go event information is available at <a target="_blank" href="/parks/elp">Phoenix.gov/ELP</a>.</p><p>The <a target="_blank" href="https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1i-DBP7605LHx4_Z5j42aO7q38jdTqLUT&ll=33.5074240882084%2c-112.07002815000001&z=14">2.3-mile parade route</a> starts at Central Avenue and Montebello Avenue, travels south to Central Avenue and Camelback Road, heads east along Camelback Road to 7th Street, and continues south along 7th Street to its end point at Indian School Road.</p><p><strong>Street closures and restrictions:</strong><br></p><p><strong style="">Public Parking</strong><strong>:</strong> There is no assigned parking for the public during this event. Consider taking <a target="_blank" href="https://www.valleymetro.org/">Valley Metro Light Rail</a> to the event to avoid traffic congestion. The parade route runs near the Light Rail stop at Central Avenue, just south of Camelback Road.</p><p><strong>Phoenix VA Hospital:</strong> Remains open; access is available from Osborn Road northbound on 3rd Street.</p><p><strong>Central Avenue:</strong> Curb lanes restricted from Camelback Road to Bethany Home Road from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.</p><p><strong>Georgia Avenue:</strong> Restrictions from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.</p><p><strong style="color:rgb(255, 0, 0);">All major streets, local streets and driveways will be closed. The following street closures and restrictions will be in effect beginning at 3 p.m., and continue in phases leading up to the parade start time at 7 p.m. Streets will reopen in phases following the event, as parade completion and cleanup allow, until approximately 11 p.m.  </strong></p><p><strong>7th Street:</strong> Curb lanes restricted from Osborn Road to Indian School Road from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.<br></p><p><strong>Central Avenue:</strong> Closure from Bethany Home Road to Mariposa Street; limited to local access at Indian School Road for northbound traffic up to Mariposa Street.</p><p><strong>Camelback Road:</strong> Closure from 3rd Avenue to 8th Place; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to 1st Avenue; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic up to 8th Street.</p><p><strong>Missouri Avenue:</strong> Closure from 3rd Avenue to 4th Street; limited to local access at 7th Avenue for eastbound traffic up to Central Avenue; limited to local access at 7th Street for westbound traffic to Central Avenue.</p><p><strong>7th Street: </strong>Closure from Colter Street to Osborn Road; limited to local access at Bethany Home Road for southbound traffic up to 300 feet north of Camelback Road.</p><p><strong>Highland Avenue:</strong> Limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 8th Street.</p><p><strong>In</strong><strong><strong>d</strong>ian School Road: </strong>Lane restrictions in place early. Closure from 9th Street to Central Avenue starting at 6 p.m. to approximately 11 p.m.; limited to local access at 12th Street for westbound traffic to 9th Street.<br></p><p><strong>4th Street:</strong> Indian School Road to Clarendon Avenue; no parking from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.​<br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/streetsNews
Water Forum to Discuss Colorado River Shortage Challengeshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/water-services/2579Water Services11/28/2022 8:03:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2579/NRWSD_CO_River_BOR_749w.jpgWater Forum to Discuss Colorado River Shortage Challenges<div class="ExternalClassAF9599FFABF74420AE2BB3128CB03788"><html> <div>The City of Phoenix is gathering a group of water experts to discuss how the southwest can thrive in a future with significantly less Colorado River water.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The forum participants are some of the most knowledgeable professionals in the industry. They will use their expertise to answer difficult questions about how these water challenges will impact cities and share complex strategies for conservation and sustainable growth.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The moderator will be Cynthia Campbell, Phoenix’s Water Resources Management Advisor.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>What: </strong>Water Forum | Colorado River Shortage </div> <div> <strong>When:</strong> Monday, Dec. 5 | 10 a.m. to Noon</div> <div> <strong>Where:</strong> Burton Barr Central Library | Pulliam Auditorium | 1221 N. Central Ave.</div> <div> <strong>Who </strong>(invited): </div> <div> <ul> <li>J.C. Davis, Enterprise Conservation Division, Southern Nevada Water Authority</li> <li>Grady Gammage Jr., Senior Research Fellow, Kyl Center for Water Policy at Morrison Institute</li> <li>Terry Goddard, President, Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAWCD)</li> <li>Sarah Porter, Director, Kyl Center for Water Policy</li> <li>Warren Tenney, Executive Director, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association</li> <li>Carol Ward, Deputy Assistant Director, Arizona Department of Water Resources</li> </ul> </div> <div> <strong>​Why:</strong> The Colorado River shortage presents new challenges for the City of Phoenix. But the Phoenix Water leadership team is committed to finding solutions to ensure they can deliver reliable, high-quality water to future generations.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Media Contact:</div> <div>Michael Gertzman</div> <div>Senior Public Information Officer </div> <div>Phoenix Water Services Dept.</div> <div>Mobile: 602-245-4143</div> <div>Office: 602-534-1209</div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <a href="mailto:michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"> <strong>michael.gertzman@phoenix.gov</strong> </a>​<br></span> </div> <div> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </div> <div>Athena Sanchez<br></div> <div>Public Information Officer</div> <div>Phoenix Water Services Dept.<br></div> <div>Mobile: 602-621-0507</div> <div>Office: 602-261-8681</div> <div> <a href="mailto:athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov" target="_blank"> <strong>athena.sanchez@phoenix.gov</strong> </a> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/waterservicesNews

 

 

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