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City Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/2387Human Services6/16/2022 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2387/Newsroom_HumanServices_005.jpgCity Takes Proactive Safety Steps to Protect Residents as Extreme Summer Heat Hits Phoenix <div class="ExternalClass0721CA2FA6EF4C85B0000F2AD5C2B4B4"><p> The City of Phoenix is proactively working to reverse the trend of increasing heat-related deaths in Maricopa County and save lives this summer by increasing resources dedicated to heat respite. In 2021, there were 338 heat-associated deaths in Maricopa County. Of those, 130 (42%) were among people experiencing homelessness. The number of heat-associated deaths among those experiencing homelessness declined by 24% from 2020 to 2021 while the overall number of heat-associated deaths continued to rise.</p><p> The City is dedicated to providing safe places where people in need can go to cool down during the hot summer months. That includes providing heat respite for more than 1,600 people during the day and 1,180 people at night, either through direct funding or partnerships with Maricopa County and non-profit agencies. In 2022, the City has added the following new resources: </p><ul><li><p> A total of four new shade structures at the Human Services Campus (HSC). There is an enclosed shade structure with air conditioning at 9th Avenue and Jackson which can serve 120 people during the day. There are also three new additional shade structures with evaporative cooling on the Campus lawn and at 12th Avenue and Madison, which can serve 200 people during the day. People do not need an HSC identification card, or any ID, to access the cooling tents at 9th Avenue and Jackson or at 12th Avenue and Madison. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The Office of Heat Response and Mitigation (OHRM) is distributing high-quality, insulated, reusable water bottles; hats; sunscreen; personal misters; and cooling towels to those who are in need around the Human Services Campus, and across the city. Volunteers with the We're Cool program are helping distribute supplies on the streets several times each week.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p> OHRM has also provided 30,000 of the above-mentioned heat relief items free of charge to 30 community nonprofit organizations that in turn help distribute the items through their own outreach efforts. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City provided additional ice chests and water for distribution at the Human Services Campus located at 9th Avenue and Jackson and 12th Avenue and Madison.</p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City identified a vacant building at 2739 E. Washington St. and quickly created a 24/7 heat respite center for 200 people which opened in mid-May. The shelter provides wraparound services and is unique in that it prioritizes serving people experiencing homelessness in the neighborhood surrounding the shelter and in the area surrounding the Human Services Campus. $16 million of the approved ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan is dedicated to keeping this facility open beyond the summer for an additional two years, through at least December 2024. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City funded the new $1.6 million Respiro Structure, which opened in March at the Human Services Campus, adding 100 shelter beds to provide day and nighttime respite for people experiencing homelessness. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City funded 175 new beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), expanding its capacity to 600 people. The City also worked with CASS to expand services to include daytime heat respite instead of offering respite only at night. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> OHRM developed an outreach plan in coordination with the Human Services Department (HSD) for those around the Human Services Campus. The goals are as follows: </p></li></ul><ul><ul><li><p> Guide individuals to the new, enclosed cooling tent and other available resources via direct contacts and signage</p></li><li><p> Provide heat relief supplies at/near the cooling tent</p></li><li><p> Monitor use of shade/cooling/water areas on and around HSC </p></li><li><p> Collect temperature/thermal comfort measurements in various shade/cooling area</p></li><li><p>Provide information about additional nearby cooling centers and hydration stations if needed.</p></li></ul></ul><ul><li><p> The City provided additional funding to the Human Services Campus and Community Bridges, Inc. for outreach teams focused on engaging people who are unsheltered and encouraging people to come to safe, indoor spaces. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> On June 7, the Phoenix City Council approved an additional $70.5 million in affordable housing and homelessness projects as part of the City's ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan. An additional $9M was committed in the ARPA Second Tranche Strategic Plan to tree and shade initiatives that will contribute to long-term heat mitigation and thermal comfort for residents and visitors. The City had previously dedicated $50 million to homeless solutions in the fiscal year 2021-22 </p></li></ul><p> Additionally, the City works with several community partners to continue previously-offered heat relief options including: </p><ul><li><p> The Lodestar Day Resource Center (LDRC) at the Human Services Campus provides day and night heat relief for 100 people. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> St. Vincent de Paul provides day and night heat relief for 180 people in its dining hall. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The Justa Center provides daytime heat respite for 120 people. </p></li></ul><ul><li><p> The City of Phoenix is part of the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG)'s regional Heat Relief Network, which offers cooling centers and hydration stations to people in need throughout the County. More than 50 of the 100+ cooling centers are within Phoenix city limits. <br></p></li><li><p> Free transportation to cooling centers and hydration stations is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m. by calling 2-1-1, thanks to a generous contribution from Arizona Public Service (APS). <br></p></li><li><p> The City invites participation in direct heat relief outreach efforts to vulnerable community members through the We're Cool and Cool Callers programs. Those interested to participate can learn more and sign up at phoenix.gov/volunteer. </p></li></ul><p> To 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>.</p><p>Find cooling stations and water through the Heat Relief Network:<a target="_blank" href="https://hrn.azmag.gov/">hrn.azmag.gov</a>.<br></p><p> View heat-health data: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404"> https://www.maricopa.gov/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/5404</a>.<br></p></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-servicesDr. David Hondula and City of Phoenix volunteers conducting heat relief outreach HS@phxhumanservice @HeatReadyPHX #ExtremeHeat #PHXHeat #PHXSummerheat relief, homelessness, respite, unsheltered, shelterKristin Couturier602-568-8126602-534-5627kristin.couturier@phoenix.govPHXHumanServiceDr. David Hondula and City of Phoenix volunteers conducting heat relief outreach

 

 

City of Phoenix Names Joshua Bednarek Planning and Development Department Directorhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/planning-and-development/2651Planning and Development2/8/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2651/_Newsroom_Joshua.jpgCity of Phoenix Names Joshua Bednarek Planning and Development Department Director<div class="ExternalClass5D22816B0A4F4668BB0D9F275A0341FE"><html> ​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Planning and Development Department Assistant Director Joshua Bednarek will now lead the department as its new Director. Bednarek has been with the City for more than 20 years, 15 of those years with the Planning and Development Department.</span><br> <p>“I am honored to serve as Director of the Planning and Development Department for the City of Phoenix," said Bednarek. “I am excited to lead our incredible team in collaboration with our community to make Phoenix an even greater city."</p> <p>During his time with Planning and Development, Josh oversaw the creation of the City's <a target="_blank" href="/pdd/tod">Transit-Oriented Development</a> policy framework for expanding the light rail system and the related Walkable Urban Code, which supports pedestrian-friendly amenities, business opportunities and more diverse housing options. He oversaw the update of the City's General Plan in 2015, and as Director will oversee the current process of the 2025 update to that plan that will go before voters in November of 2024.   </p> <p>Over the last five years, Josh has been promoted to Deputy Director and then Assistant Director within the department. During this time, Josh led the transition of Planning and Development's public meetings and hearings to virtual formats. He and his team members updated several sections of the Zoning Ordinance including an expansion of the Walkable Urban Code, enhancements to landscape requirements to address the City's tree and shade goals, and the allowance for interior suites with cooking facilities in new residential subdivisions. </p> <p>Josh has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Master's Degree in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University.</p> <p>​ </p> <span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/pddNews
Pueblo Grande Museum Opens New Exhibit in Time for Super Bowl Weekendhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/parks-and-recreation/2649Parks and Recreation2/6/2023 10:50:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2649/The-Zuni-World-Exhibit.jpgPueblo Grande Museum Opens New Exhibit in Time for Super Bowl Weekend<div class="ExternalClass9E372231FAC74E40AB069E2E7E283AD5"><html> <p>Phoenix residents and visitors in town for Super Bowl are invited to stop by the <a href="https://pueblogrande.org/" target="_blank">Pueblo Grande Museum</a> on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 7-8 p.m. to celebrate the opening of their new exhibit, <em>A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World.</em><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>The exhibit, on loan from the <a href="http://www.ashiwi-museum.org/" target="_blank">A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center</a>, uses art as a means for mapping and has become a metaphor for the power of maps. Maps act as a physical expression of one's place in the world and the universe.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Over time, the Zuni world has been remapped, with names changed, boundaries drawn, and cultural presence erased. The Zuni World exhibit challenges these assumptions through 31 artistic representations of Zuni maps and places in the Southwest.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Representatives from the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center will give a presentation about the exhibit. The presentation will discuss how the A:shiwi/Zuni people continue to carry on the importance of the land their ancestry migrated through and understand their identity is connected to the landscapes that color the region.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <em>A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne: The Zuni World </em>will be on display at Pueblo Grande Museum from Feb. 9- Sept. 17.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parksNews
Take a Bite Out of Phoenix: City of Phoenix Partners with Local First Arizona to Celebrate Local Foodhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/environmental-programs/2648Environment & Sustainability2/3/2023 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2648/downtown phoenix.JPGTake a Bite Out of Phoenix: City of Phoenix Partners with Local First Arizona to Celebrate Local Food<div class="ExternalClass3669C6E761BB4CD8AAA863BA947B4852"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">J</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ust </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">in time for Super Bowl, the City of Phoenix Office of Environmental Programs and Local First Arizona are teaming up to launch its Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! campaign on Feb. 4 celebrating local restaurant owners, farmers, advocates and more to help build stronger food systems in Phoenix communities.</span></p> <p>“I can't think of a better time to launch this campaign," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “There are so many incredible local restaurants in Phoenix that I hope visitors will be able to try while they are here for the big game. Eating local is the ultimate way to get a taste of what Phoenix is about." </p> <p>Several areas were selected to highlight during the campaign due to the diversity of the Phoenix food scene. Roosevelt Row, Melrose, and Grand offer a well-known food community in the downtown Phoenix area, while Miracle Mile continues to emerge. South Phoenix, Maryvale, Eastlake Park and Nuestro Barrios Unidos features unique local neighborhood character and diversity in population.</p> <p>As a part of the campaign's initiative, the City of Phoenix is working towards making sure all residents have access to affordable, healthy local food options. On March 4, 2020, Mayor Kate Gallego and Phoenix City Council approved the 2025 Phoenix Food Action Plan, which features a goal to offer healthy food for all by 2050. </p> <p>“When residents support local food, they are supporting Phoenix communities as well as contributing to a more sustainable city," said Environmental Programs Administrator Nancy Allen. “When Phoenix businesses work together to produce, process and distribute food locally, they are also helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."</p> <p>In addition to connecting residents with local food options, the Phoenix Food Systems Program helps connect Phoenix residents with local farmers and food business owners with resources to grow food and operate a more sustainable business. It also empowers residents by educating them on how to grow their own produce. </p> <p>Residents can learn more about the Phoenix: Let's Eat Local! campaign and see a directory of local eateries in various Phoenix areas by visiting <a href="/oep/phxeatlocal" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/oep/PHXeatlocal​</a>. ​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/oepNews

 

 

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Super Bowl Info Pagehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/DispForm.aspx?ID=20https://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/AdBox/Attachments/20/Ad_Box_SuperBowl2.jpgSuper Bowl Info Page<div class="ExternalClassDABDA3F1FC3849B6BCF471D476F7DE2B"><html>Resources for Super Bowl LVII in 2023.<br></html></div>Newshttps://phoenix.gov/superbowl11/4/2022 7:47:31 PM2/13/2023 7:47:31 PM

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