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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-servicesHomeless ServicesHSHomeless Strategies to Address Homelessness, Human ServiceStephanie Barnes602-316-0958602-262-6194stephanie.barnes@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/15/Stephanie_Barnes.jpgPHXHumanService

 

 

Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2398Environment & Sustainability6/24/2022 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2398/Newsroom _OEP_1.jpgAgri-Food Tech Innovation Grant recipients named <div class="ExternalClass2447CD2BC23645AD976DE7A7028DC810"><html> <p>​The Phoenix City Council <a href="/cityclerksite/City%20Council%20Meeting%20Files/6-15-22%20Formal%20Agenda-FINAL.pdf" target="_blank">approved</a> seven recipients of the <a href="/oep/food-grants" target="_blank">Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant</a> to help them adopt agri-food technologies and innovations into their operations.</p> <p>The grant is part of the ARPA-funded <a href="/oep/food-overview" target="_blank">Phoenix Resilient Food System Initiative</a>, which provides for increased local food production and access to healthy foods; support for food banks, food pantries and community agencies; and business and employment opportunities throughout the food system spectrum.</p> <p>The Office of Environmental Programs selected five recipients that are committed to advancing food equity through their modern methods and processes:</p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://freshkube.com/?msclkid=a088bbb4d0b011ec89a257f28f5a93cf" target="_blank">FreshKube Inc.</a> </strong>will put the grant funding toward sensors, refrigeration, and solar panels as they help small growers and distributors. The money will allow them to build six mini containers and a portable micro-solar farm, giving growers cost-effective, transportable, temperature-controlled containers that can be powered by renewable energy.<br></li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://sites.google.com/asu.edu/indoorfarminglab" target="_blank">Arizona State University (ASU) Indoor Farming Lab</a> </strong> is focusing on Indoor Vertical Farming (IVF). The Agri-Food Tech Innovation Grant will help the research lab conduct two, three-day workshops about the benefits of IVF within the food system. Funds will pay for personnel, publication, and training expenses. ASU is also providing a 100% cost share match.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://lehrgarden.com/" target="_blank">Lehr Innovations LLC</a> </strong>, with its existing Linking Ecosystem and Hardware for Regeneration (LEHR) Gardens, is no stranger to agricultural technology. With this grant, Lehr Innovations will be able to improve growing efficiency by building a testing site to measure the differences in water usage, soil carbon sequestration, costs, and productivity between its LEHR gardens and traditional, in-ground farming methods.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="http://www.nxthorizon.com/Home.html" target="_blank">NxT Horizon LLC</a> </strong> uses aquaponics to help urban farmers maximize food yield without toxic wastes or chemical runoffs. Funds awarded to NxT Horizon will go toward developing a pilot program to demonstrate methods using the giant freshwater prawn within the Phoenix Backyard Garden Program's aquaponics garden system.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://www.facebook.com/yobroaz/" target="_blank">YoBro Farms</a> </strong> will expand its vertical microgreen growing business by implementing an outdoor, solar-powered farming system that will enhance resiliency and expand sustainable food production practices. The farm will use funds to buy photovoltaic supplies, a shed, and other materials.</li> </ul> <p>The Office of Mayor Kate Gallego is awarding funds to the following:<br></p> <ul style="" class="" dir=""> <li> <strong> <a href="https://phxfood.coop/" target="_blank">Phoenix Food Cooperative</a> </strong> will create the “Phoenix Cooperative Food Hub," a tech-enabled online directory and marketplace for producers, consumers, and distributors in the Phoenix food system. Grant funds will be used primarily for labor costs as Phoenix Food Cooperative establishes Phoenix's first cooperative grocery store that aggregates local food sources from Phoenix growers and producers and connects residents, retailers, and other consumers.</li> <li> <strong> <a href="https://homerfarms.com/" target="_blank">Homer Farms Inc.​</a> </strong>, a vertical farm startup, will locate in Phoenix to build the first vertical farm in the City of Phoenix. The facility will use LED lights and deep-water hydroponic cultivation technologies, which will produce a minimum of 500,000 pounds of produce per year while using 95 percent less water than traditional agriculture. Grant funds will be used for equipment such as growing racks and lighting. </li> </ul> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews
Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Roadhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/police/2397Police6/24/2022 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dyrzqgg5X4Critical Incident Briefing: June 10, 2022 – 91st Avenue and McDowell Road<div class="ExternalClass981DB1335D1C4D3EB02FFF2DDD533B68"><html> <p>​</p> <p> <strong>WARNING: The attached video may contain strong language as well as graphic images which may be disturbing to some people. Viewer discretion is advised.</strong> <br> <br>The Phoenix Police Department has released a Critical Incident Briefing (CIB) video that includes audio, visuals and information related to an in-custody death which occurred on June 10, 2022.</p> <p>This incident occurred in the area of 91st Avenue and McDowell Road when Phoenix police received several calls about a man believed to be under the influence, banging his head against a vehicle, and acting erratic.</p> <p>Officers were dispatched to the scene and learned the subject of the call may also be bleeding. Tolleson fire personnel were also dispatched. </p> <p>The first officer to arrive at the business saw the subject of the call, later identified as Caleb Blair, and attempted to give him commands via a public announcement system. The officer saw Blair nude, and acting erratically. Additional officers arrived and Blair was detained for his safety and taken to a shady section of the parking lot. Officers also requested fire personnel, who were staging nearby, to respond to the scene.</p> <p>Minutes later, the Tolleson Fire Department arrived on the scene and began treating Blair. After a short time, his handcuffs were removed to better provide medical care.</p> <p>While being treated, Blair lost consciousness. Life saving measures were rendered, and he was taken to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.</p> <p>The officers involved in this incident are assigned to the Maryvale-Estrella Precinct and have 5, 6, and 7 years of service respectively, with the department.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Public records law requires redaction of certain personal identifying information before video is released publicly. That is why 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></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/policeVideo
Celebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/public-works/2394Public Works (Trash and Recycling)6/23/2022 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2394/Newsroom_PublicWorks_WRWW2022.pngCelebrate Waste and Recycling Workers Week – Consider a Career in Public Works!<div class="ExternalClassF9D5E09EC1064C1E8B842915CE40FB35"><html> <p>With more than 600 employees under its Solid Waste arm, the City of Phoenix Public Works Department provides trash, recycling and other waste diversion services to more than 400,000 households within Phoenix's 500+ square miles. Last year, this team collected nearly 700,000 tons of refuse, recycling and green organics. Join us in thanking these public servants during <a href="https://www.wasterecyclingworkersweek.org/" target="_blank">Waste and Recycling Workers Week</a>, and every week, for their dedication to making Phoenix a clean and sustainable place to live.</p> <p>Solid Waste Equipment Operators (SWEO), or garbage truck drivers, are at the heart of this massive operation. These professionals are reliable yet flexible – they always get the job done, but still make time to high-five excited toddlers along their routes.</p> <p>As Phoenix rapidly grows, so does the need for these essential workers. The Public Works Department is actively recruiting to fill more than 40 SWEO vacancies. </p> <p>A career as a SWEO is rewarding and has many opportunities for advancement and on-the-job training. There are opportunities for current CDL drivers and apprenticeships for those seeking their CDL. Learn more and apply at <a href="http://www.phoenix.gov/jobs" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/Jobs</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://phoenix.gov/publicworksNews

 

 

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