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Mayor Gallego, Council Members Approve Strategic Plan for Federal Relief Dollars https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/mayors-office/1944Mayor's Office6/9/2021 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1944/Newsroom_Mayor_Statement.jpgMayor Gallego, Council Members Approve Strategic Plan for Federal Relief Dollars <div class="ExternalClass70035FFE42FB415E8F0F55BF98650C89"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">M</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ayor Kate Gallego and members of the Phoenix City Council have approved a robust strategic plan for how to spend $198 million in federal ARPA assistance funds.</span></p> <p>“This plan takes care of our residents, from the youngest to the most senior," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “Businesses are still hurting from the effects of the COVID recession. We will help them get back on their feet. Older adults will be able to receive healthy food and dementia care, and children will have access to technology to help them learn and activities to keep them engaged after school." The plan, approved during last night's meeting of the Phoenix City Council, also prioritized <strong><em>jobs/workforce development, small business assistance, vaccination, education and assistance for vulnerable people. </em></strong></p> <p>ARPA, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, was passed by the U.S. Congress and signed by President Joe Biden in March. The $1.9 trillion economic stimulus plan distributes federal monies to states, tribes and cities to help lessen the damage done over the previous year by the COVID-19 pandemic. Phoenix will ultimately receive approximately $396 million over the next two years, delivered in two equal allocations. <br><br></p> <p>The council's work today focused on the first $198 million allocation Phoenix received in May. Highlights include: </p> <ul> <li> <strong>JOBS</strong>. Members of our communities lost jobs when businesses shut down or closed because of the covid-caused slowdown. Council approved <strong>$10 million</strong> for workforce training, as well as 'wrap-around' services – like childcare – that will remove barriers for job seekers. </li> <li> <strong>SMALL AND MICRO BUSINESSES. </strong>More than <strong>$8 million</strong> will go to assist businesses still struggling from the after-effects of pandemic shutdowns and slowdowns. Another <strong>$2.75 million</strong> will be used to stabilize arts and culture organizations, so they can resume sustainable operations. Many businesses are ready to re-engage but can't find the employees they need. An additional <strong>$2 million</strong> will help these small operations find, train, and retain employees. </li> <li> <strong>VACCINATION.</strong> While vaccination numbers are increasing, there are still two-thirds of the people in Maricopa County who have not yet received their shots. The strategic plan envisions investing $5 million in education, outreach and incentives to encourage vaccine uptake. Funds will also be used <strong>to convert mobile testing vans to mobile vaccination vans</strong> that can reach those who may not be able to easily drive to a vaccination site or who have trouble taking time off from work. </li> <li> <strong>EDUCATION. </strong>Parents and students alike experienced sustained stress in 2020 as they tried to cope with online classes and the reality that our students were falling behind in their studies. The Mayor and council members agreed to set aside <strong>$28.8 million</strong> for youth sports, education and after-school programs. That includes broader availability of wireless networks, expansion of early childhood education programs, College Depot programs that prepare teens for a college career, early literacy tutoring, sports league grants and parks after-school programs – all strategies intended to help kids make up for lost time and bring their education back on-track.</li> <li> <strong style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">ASSISTANCE FOR VULNERABLE POPULATIONS. </strong> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">A total of $28 million is intended to help struggling families with utilities, rent and mortgage. Another $31.5 million will go to assist individuals, families and military veterans experiencing homelessness, mental health care assistance, and heat respite facilities.</span> </li> </ul> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <br style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“The decisions we made today put money where it matters," said Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego. “Although some sectors of the economy are booming, we still have small business owners hanging on by a thread, employees who lost their jobs and are trying to get back into the workforce, and kids who have fallen too far behind in school – not to mention arts communities that have been at a standstill, and veterans who are on the verge of homelessness. By offering targeted help to these groups, we give them a better opportunity for success and, in turn, improve the recovery outlook for our entire city." </span> <br>​<br></html></div>https://phoenix.gov/mayorNewsmayors-officeStatement Mayor's OfficeMari Bourbon505-670-9415602-261-8823mari.bourbon@phoenix.govhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/MediaContact/Attachments/91/Mari_Bourbon.jpgMayorGallego

 

 

COVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impactshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/em-and-hs/1561Emergency Management & Homeland Security9/23/2021 4:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1561/Newsroom_Combined.jpgCOVID-19 Information, Testing, Resources, and City Impacts<div class="ExternalClass5FBC9769AF154323B90903D5392FFAAC"><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 href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">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 href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1399" target="_blank">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 href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-English.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - English (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Spanish.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet - Spanish (PDF)</a><br><a href="/piosite/Documents/Vaccine-Fact-Sheet-Chinese.pdf" target="_blank">Vaccine Fact Sheet- Chinese (PDF)</a><br></p><h3>Masks Required in City Buildings Regardless of Vaccination Status</h3><p><a href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1917" target="_blank">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 target="_blank" href="/newsroom/public-works/1084">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 href="/newsroom/em-and-hs/1054" target="_blank">Learn what's impacted with current city services. Learn more.</a> <br> </p> <h3>Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources </h3> <p> <a href="/resources" target="_blank">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 href="/COVIDrelief" target="_blank">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 Security9/23/2021 4:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1399/Newsroom_Virus_Testing.jpgPhoenix COVID-19 Testing and Select Vaccination Events<div class="ExternalClass5AA48D8CE0E848C99F51599E56A9DAF1"><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, September 23, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 850 E. Hatcher Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85020<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Friday, September 24, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Cholla Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 10050 N. Metro Pkwy E. Phoenix, AZ 85051<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Saturday, September 25, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Fry’s Food Store<br> 6601 W. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 7:15 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Palo Verde Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 4402 N 51st Ave., Phoenix AZ 85031<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Monday, September 27, 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 href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert West Community Center<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 6501 Virgina Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85035<br> 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Tuesday, September 28, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #1.</strong> Chicanos Por La Causa<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong> 6850 W Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ 85033<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p><h3>Wednesday, September 29, 2021<br></h3><p><strong>Mobile Van #2.</strong> Desert Sage Library<br><strong><span style="color:#0066cc;">Testing & Vaccination Event</span></strong><br> 7602 W Enancto Blvd., Phoenix AZ 85035<br> 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.<br>Register at: <a href="https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix" target="_blank">https://premierlabsolutions.com/covid-19/phoenix</a></p><h3>Thursday, September 30, 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 href="https://vincerecancer.com/" target="_blank">https://vincerecancer.com</a></p> ​ ​ ​<br>​<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/emergencyNews
Federal Funds Approved to Support Phoenix Familieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/city-manager/2077City Manager9/22/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2077/Newsroom_Default_01.jpgFederal Funds Approved to Support Phoenix Families<div class="ExternalClass5D6808CA67D04215851EAC052DFF794A"><html> <p></p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The Phoenix City Council approved spending millions of dollars in America Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to support training and education programs, support for mental health services and a new vaccination incentive for underserved communities.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">“My goal is to get people into jobs – it is one of the most effective things we can do to get families back on their feet," said Mayor Kate Gallego. “By also ensuring these families and individuals receive wrap-around services – like childcare, training, and direct assistance – we increase the chances that the gains they're able to make now will become permanent. This is a transformative moment in the history of our community."  </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br>T</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">he funds were originally approved back in June as part of the city's $198 million ARPA Strat</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">egic Plan. The Council wanted specific information on the following programs before moving forward.<br></span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Workforce Wraparound Tuition/Apprentice Program Proposal</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The Council approved $8.5 million to offer free training and education to residents who have been impacted by the pandemic in the hardest hit industries of hospitality, food service, retail, and families with young children. The program would offer short-term and long-term training in fields such as bioscience, healthcare, construction, and IT. Participants enrolled in training will receive a monthly stipend to assist with emergency expenses such as transportation and childcare. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Additionally, the Council approved $1.5 million to partner a community-based organization to expand workforce services with a focus on families with young children. The organization will target families not enrolled at a Maricopa Community College. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Homelessness and Mental Health Program Proposal</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">One of the Council priorities is supporting the community with more mental health services. The Council approved spending $9 million in APRA funds to provide more healthcare providers specifically focused on mental health, substance abuse, and other services that address physical health. This includes community-based outreach teams to connect residents to these services. This will include screening for Medicaid (AHCCCS) eligibility and assistance in applying. </span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">They also will allocate $1.5 million for those experiencing homelessness along the Salt River Project (SRP) canals and other areas throughout the City. This includes increased services for individuals in these areas as well as pilot project to train and pay individuals experiencing homelessness to conduct beautification projects and landscaping duties.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Financial Assistance for Phoenix Families Program Proposal</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The pandemic exacerbated structural inequalities and disproportionately impacted low-income communities and people of color. The Council approved $12 million to support Phoenix families as follows:</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><ul><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Pr</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">ovide 1,000 families with children a $1,000 stipend for 12 months.</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Eligible households include Emergency Rental Assistance applicants, residents of City-owned public housing properties, and Section 8 voucher holders. Selection will be via lottery system. <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">​</span></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Staff is currently researching options to provide debit cards to participants. This will allow simplified tracking and reporting of expenditures.<br style=""></span></li><li><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The City is currently exploring options with vendors to administer the program.<br style=""></span></li></ul><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">Vaccines Incentive</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Phoenix was one of the first municipal organizations to offer COVID-19 mobile testing vans to underserved communities. In August, those vans began offering vaccinations as well. To further encourage vaccinations in underserved communities, the Council approved a pilot program to use ARPA funds to give up to 1,000 $100 gift cards and donated items such as food boxes or backpacks for residents in certain communities get fully vaccinated. If the program has a significant impact on vaccine rates during the pilot, Council could decide to expand the program.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><strong style="font-size:14.6667px;">ARPA Spending</strong><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">As of August 31, the city has spent nearly $1 million of the ARPA funding, which includes Phoenix Resilient Food System programs, Office of Arts and Culture programs, transit summer heat respite, community COVID-19 testing, and the Summer Heat Respite Program.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">All ARPA programs are set to move forward by early next year. Several departments will be returning to City Council this fall for contract authority or additional spending authority.</span><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><br style="font-size:14.6667px;"><p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">You can track ARPA spending on the city's new </span><a target="_blank" href="https://stories.opengov.com/phoenixaz/published/9tz_vAiwC"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) website</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">.</span><br></p></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/citymanagerNews

 

 

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