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New Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessnesshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2353Human Services5/19/2022 6:30:00 PMhttps://youtu.be/DghnsnD-KvcNew Shelter Opens in Phoenix Offering Heat Relief and Services for 200 People Experiencing Homelessness<div class="ExternalClassB249F91E0EFE42B882B508A50F4E2C27"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The City of Phoenix and Maricopa County partnered to open a facility in central Phoenix that will provide day and nighttime relief from the summer heat for 200 people experiencing homelessness.<br><br>“Arizona's summer heat can be deadly. We need to ensure that everyone, especially our most vulnerable residents, has a safe place to stay cool during our hottest months," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “This shelter is just one part of the City of Phoenix's strong commitment to leading with services and connecting those who are unsheltered with the appropriate resources."<br><br>The facility, owned by the City of Phoenix, is located near 28th and Washington Streets. The shelter is a closed campus, meaning there are no walk-up services and clients need to be referred to the facility by a caseworker. One unique aspect of this project is it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the surrounding neighborhood.<br><br>“It's really tough to have a conversation of bringing a shelter to a community, but I understood the need in our city and in my district and the importance of it," District 8 Councilmember Carlos Garcia said. “There had to be a process to talk to the folks around here and make sure that this became an asset for the community around this shelter. This shelter is not only adding bed space, but it is also making sure that it has the resources wrapped around people sleeping here. The services provided will hopefully set them on a path to be permanently housed. I'm grateful for our partnership with the neighborhood, City staff, St. Vincent de Paul, and Maricopa County. I know that we are all invested in this being a successful model that can be replicated." <br><br>People staying at the facility will have dedicated beds to sleep in, access to three meals each day, showers, and a secure place to store their belongings. Pets are also welcome. St. Vincent de Paul will operate the center and provide comprehensive case management services to each resident. Staff will be able to assist individuals with obtaining identification, accessing medical and financial services and connecting to employment and housing opportunities.<br><br>“It's a great privilege and responsibility to be one of the lead partners on this pilot program," said Jessica Berg, Saint Vincent de Paul Chief Program Officer. “We like to think that City and County chose SVdP for not only our proven track record of running a successful shelter, but also for our culture of dignified service, kindness and working collaboratively with our neighbors. Together, we will save lives this summer, get more people into housing, and build a better community for all of us."<br><br>The City and the County divided funding for the project through American Rescue Plan Act funds. The City of Phoenix contributed $2.6 million, and the County contributed more than $2 million.<br><br>“With homelessness increasing across the region, we need to address both the immediate and long-term needs of individuals and communities. This partnership achieves that," said Maricopa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Gates, Supervisor for District 3. “First, it provides shelter that will literally save lives during the intense summer heat. Second, it connects people experiencing homelessness to resources that can help them find jobs and permanent housing." <br><br>The heat relief location will be open and operating through this joint funding model through October 31, 2022, with the goal of the City continuing year-round operations through 2024.<br><br>Learn more about how to manage the extreme heat of summer visit <a target="_blank" href="/heatsite">Phoenix.gov/HeatSite</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.heataz.org/">HeatAZ.org</a>. <br><br>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network: <a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">https://hrn.azmag.gov</a>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-servicesHS@phxhumanserviceHeat Relief, Homelessness, Shelter, American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)Kristin Couturier602-568-8126602-534-5627kristin.couturier@phoenix.govPHXHumanService

 

 

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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