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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

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security10/12/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClassFD9EEB8780114C559CA23D84FF4C5249"><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 target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">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 target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399">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 target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a target="_blank" href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917">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 href="/newsroom/public-works/1084" target="_blank">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 target="_blank" href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a target="_blank" href="/resources">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 target="_blank" href="/COVIDrelief">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 Security10/14/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClassD0B6C3E161CB4080B2649BDBA4AA6310"><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, October 14, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fountain Square Shopping Mall<br> 350-630 E. Bell Rd (7th St & Bell Rd), Phoenix, AZ 85022<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 15, 2021<br></h3><p> <strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 6601 W. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<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 16, 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 target="_blank" href="https://vincerecancer.com/">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p> <strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br> <strong> <span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7602 W Encanto Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85035<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 18, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cesar Chavez Park<br> 7858 S. 35th Ave., Laveen Village, AZ 85339<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> Helen Drake Senior Center<br> <strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7600 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85051<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 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 Activity Center<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
Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program FAQshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2108City Manager10/15/2021 6:45:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2108/_Newsroom_PilotProgram.jpgFinancial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program FAQs<div class="ExternalClass4470EBD40E2548F68D64DC22FFB81ED0"><html>​On September 21, 2021, the Phoenix City Council approved the allocation of $12 million for the Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program. This program will be utilizing American Rescue Plan Act dollars. As staff continues to develop the program, below are several Frequently Asked Questions that provides current information. As new information is available, it will be posted here. <br><br><strong>What is this program?</strong><br><br>On Sept. 21, 2021, Phoenix City Council approved allocating $12 million for the Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Pilot Program. Under this 12 month pilot program, 1,000 Phoenix families with children will be selected to receive a $1,000 stipend to use on household expenses, such as childcare, groceries, rent/utility bills, transportation, etc.<br><br><strong>Who is eligible for the program and how can I apply?</strong><br><br>There will be no application for the pilot program. Families with children who have applied for Emergency Rental Assistance, reside in city-owned public housing, or have a Section 8 voucher will be randomly selected via lottery system and will be asked to participate. Participants must live and remain living in the City of Phoenix during this program.<br><br><strong>How will participants receive the money each month?</strong> <br><br>Staff is currently working with vendors to provide a debit card to each participant. Funds will be loaded onto the card each month. <br><br><strong>Are there restrictions to what can be purchased with the debit card?</strong><br><br>There will be certain items that participants will be unable to purchase, such as alcohol, tobacco products, and lottery tickets.<br><br><strong>Will the purchases be tracked?</strong><br><br>Yes, purchases will be tracked for reporting purposes and to assist with the program evaluation. Staff is currently working to screen potential vendors that can provide a debit card solution with technology needed to ensure proper reporting and follows US Treasury guidance.<br><br>There will be no reporting on personal identification information for participants in the program.<br><br><strong>How is the City funding this program?</strong><br><br>The pilot program will be funded by American Rescue Plan Act federal dollars.<br><br><strong>When will participants be selected?</strong><br><br>Staff is currently exploring options for program administration and hope to start the program by January 2022. Staff is looking for ways to begin this program earlier if possible. <br><br>Updated information will be available on the City's homepage when available.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews

 

 

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