Phoenix Declares February Graffiti Free Awareness Monthhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/1736Neighborhood Services1/30/2021 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1736/newsroom_ NSD_019.jpgPhoenix Declares February Graffiti Free Awareness Month<div class="ExternalClass004F31CA181241DB838532DADC7FDCF8"><html> <div>Right now, amid the COVID-19 health crisis, we are working together to safeguard our community by spending a lot more time at home and outside in our neighborhoods. We are witnessing changes in the ways we use our communities and the livability of neighborhoods has never been more important.</div><div><br></div><div>Every year, the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) hosts #GraffitiFreePHX to encourage residents, neighborhoods and community volunteers to join the city in the effort to keep Phoenix graffiti free.</div><div><br></div><div>Mayor Kate Gallego signed a proclamation marking the month of February the Annual Graffiti Free Phoenix Awareness Month.</div><div><br></div><div>Although it will look a little different this year, beginning February 1, NSD will promote the "Graffiti Free Phoenix" program as they have done for the past six years.</div><div><br></div><div>Phoenix's NSD will color match and provide paint to neighbors wanting to responsibly practice 'distant socializing' that adhere to CDC recommendations of distance while helping to remove graffiti in their neighborhoods.  </div><div><br></div><div>In 2020, the city of Phoenix used 9,800 gallons of paint to cover over 47,988 graffiti sites across the entire city.</div><div><br></div><div>“Graffiti is a crime. Not only does graffiti damage the property that has been tagged, but it also lowers property values throughout the entire neighborhood. It has also been found that if graffiti isn't removed in a timely manner and allowed to stay visible, it will only attract more graffiti," explains Ginnie Ann Sumner, the co-chair of the Citizens Law Enforcement Anti-Graffiti Initiative, a group of Phoenix community leaders who partnered with police to combat graffiti.</div><div><br></div><div>However, studies show that if it's removed within 24 hours, its 90 percent less likely to return to the same area.  If you see graffiti in progress, call 911 immediately, or if you would like to have it removed call NSD's Graffiti Busters at 602-534-4444.</div><div><br></div><div>Graffiti Busters will remove graffiti from properties with permission from property owners, but anyone can call in to report graffiti. NSD will verify that a permission slip is on file or obtain one from the owner.  Each time graffiti is removed from the property, Graffiti Busters staff will provide the property owner with information on the program and offer free color-matched paint. </div><div><br></div><div>"We intend to remain strong and focused in our efforts of keeping our residents safe through COVID while making Phoenix a community of desirable neighborhoods," NSD Director Spencer Self said. "Our mission is to Preserve, Enhance, and Engage Phoenix Neighborhoods, but we need help from everyone. Report graffiti to us so we can keep Phoenix graffiti free."</div><div><br></div><div>NSD and its partners invites the community's help to spread the word about #GraffitiFreePHX by sharing on social media how you and your communities fight back against the vandalism and keep your neighborhood graffiti free.</div><div><br></div><div>“The #GraffitiFreePHX social media posts on Facebook and Twitter will continue to showcase the successes of our strong neighborhoods," Self said. “We hope people follow along on the NSD Facebook page, @PhxNeighborhood and share the tips and messages so we can share the collective efforts of Phoenicians keeping our city desirable and graffiti free." <br><br></div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Now Open: Phoenix funds RISE Microbusiness Granthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/1580Neighborhood Services10/21/2020 12:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1580/newsroom_ NSD_018.jpgNow Open: Phoenix funds RISE Microbusiness Grant<div class="ExternalClass83C9351F9EB24F94817979BDB252A450"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Small, neighborhood businesses are the backbone of our community, but they have been hit hard by COVID-19. The city of Phoenix is mobilizing $2 million of federal funds to be distributed to some of the hardest hit of the small neighborhood businesses. The newly announced funds for the Phoenix RISE Microbusiness Grant are reserved for business owners in low-</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">and</span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> moderate-income households. Eligible businesses can receive up to $10,000 to help keep them operating during this difficult time.</span></p> <p>Nationally, nearly 13 million or approximately half of all microbusiness owners earn less than $50,000 annually and are considered low-and-moderate-income households, according to the Prosperity Now Washington-DC non-profit group.  </p> <p>“We are proud to partner with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) one of Phoenix's largest community development organizations," said Spencer Self, city of Phoenix Neighborhood Services Director.  “The City Council has made grants available to assist microenterprise businesses and help alleviate the negative-effects by COVID-19 and stabilize and preserve low- and moderate-income microenterprises." </p> <p>The city of Phoenix has contracted with LISC Phoenix to administer the fund and application process. Owners of businesses that have up to 5 employees and where the business owner's household falls below regional income standards. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.lisc.org/phoenix/what-we-do/resources/lending-grants/rise-grant#FAQ_income">Click here to see if your income qualifies.</a> These funds can be used on the business rent, utilities, payroll, supplies, marketing or other eligible expenses. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.lisc.org/phoenix/what-we-do/resources/lending-grants/rise-grant#FAQ_expenses">Click here for a full list.</a><br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Communities Creatively Navigate Social Distancing To Stay Connected https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/1160Neighborhood Services4/24/2020 12:59:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1160/Newsroom_NSD_0009.jpgCommunities Creatively Navigate Social Distancing To Stay Connected <div class="ExternalClass974261D287D44FDDBA4EB9007A19F7F1"><html> <div>As we continue to navigate the COVID-19 health emergency, it's more important than ever for people to check in on neighbors as social distancing and quarantining have us all a little further apart than normal. <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) launched #PHXGreaterTogether to showcase ideas on how to keep your communities close while social distancing with distant socializing. As the campaign begins it fifth week of featured ideas from the NSD team, neighborhood groups across Phoenix have been sharing stories on social media and in emails on combatting social isolation while continuing to #StoptheSpread COVID-19 (coronavirus). </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“We've never experienced anything like this before. And it's really hard but during this uncertain time, don't forget to check on your neighbors. It is such a delicate balance to socially distance, while also supporting each other to ensure we all have what we need both physically and emotionally," NSD Director Spencer Self said.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Social distancing and self-quarantining are challenging, but by thoughtfully planning your interactions, you can provide food, necessities and a regular check-in to members of your neighborhood from young to old. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Maintaining connections with other people is crucial at this time.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Phoenix's NSD is promoting ways to responsibly practice 'distant socializing' that adhere to CDC recommendations of distance while making sure that people check in on their neighbors, share what they can in supplies and spread kindness without spreading the virus. <br></div><div><br></div> <div>Health experts encourage being outdoors with proper social distancing to maintain both physical and mental health. In the Grandview Neighborhood, neighborhood leaders are encouraging neighbors to get out of their houses and go for a walk with their Window Art Gallery. Neighbors young and old are displaying themed art each week on the street facing windows of their homes.  </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>As kitchens have turned into classrooms across Phoenix, making sure children stay connected and make memories safely was the focus of the Norton Visa Neighborhood Association this past weekend. The neighbors made a mobile prom float that traveled through the neighborhood making sure students missing their proms because of COVID-19 had the memory keepsake with a Photos Under the Stars photobooth.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Experts in the mental health industry continue to stress the importance of structure and maintaining schedules to minimize anxiety during the pandemic. The Woodlea Melrose Neighborhood group made sure that their regularly scheduled neighborhood meetings were not forgotten with social distancing. The group made<a href="https://www.magisto.com/video/aVUaZVYBCzk_VkRhCzE?l=vsm&o=w&c=c" target="_blank"> <a href="https://youtu.be/wYC39OGq6bM" target="_blank">their monthly meeting a video​</a> </a>that was posted to report out to neighbors the same way they would at the usual in-person neighborhood meetings. It included fun events from the suggested social distancing activities like ‘Chalk Your Walk’ to services updates from city employees about the impacts to services and how the city is addressing needs. </div> <div> <br> </div> <div>“The #PHXGreaterTogether social media posts will continue to showcase the successes of our strong neighborhoods," Self said. “We hope people follow along on the NSD Facebook page, @PhxNeighborhood, so we can make sure all residents in Phoenix have what they need in these uncertain times."</div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The city of Phoenix has developed a list of resources available to residents and businesses for help. Visit the <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources page</a>. Residents with questions about city services and programs affected by service changes can call (602) 262-3111 or e-mail <a href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a>.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Stay Connected in Your Communitieshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/1092Neighborhood Services3/25/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1092/Community Connection - Coronavirus - Newsroom.pngStay Connected in Your Communities<div class="ExternalClass76C0CEC3DCE64A59BAFB8286116A3BA3"><html> <p>As the city continues to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) is sharing ways that you can stay connected with your friends and neighbors, while practicing responsible social distancing.<br></p> <p>“It is such a delicate balance to socially distance, while also supporting each other to ensure we all have what we need both physically and emotionally," NSD Director Spencer Self said.  “However, by practicing 'distant socializing,' you can do both. It's important that we work together to make sure that all of our neighbors stay connected and have what they need."<br></p> <p>Health officials continue to stress that by changing how we interact, we can help lessen the spread and flatten the curve of COVID-19. That includes 'distant socializing,' and showing care and interaction by calling, texting, or using other means to reach out that minimize close personal contact. </p> <p>By thoughtfully planning your interactions, you can provide food, necessities and a regular check-in to members of your neighborhood. Individuals who are especially vulnerable to catching the coronavirus, including the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, may need some kind of assistance in this difficult time. Social distancing guidelines discourage actually going inside and visiting with them, but you can still check on them from a responsible distance.</p> <p>Phoenix's NSD is promoting ways to responsibly practice 'distant socializing' that adhere to CDC recommendations of distance while making sure that people check in on their neighbors, share what they can in supplies and spread kindness without spreading the virus.<br></p> <p>“The #PHXGreaterTogether social media posts will showcases ideas on how to keep your communities close while social distancing with distant socializing," Self said. “We hope people follow along on the NSD Facebook page @PhxNeighborhood so we can make sure all the residents in Phoenix have what they need in the uncertain times."​<br></p><p>The city of Phoenix has developed a list of resources available to residents and businesses for help. <a href="https://phoenix.gov/Resources" target="_blank">Visit the Coronavirus Business & Resident Resources page</a>. Residents with questions about city services and programs affected by service changes can call (602) 262-3111 or e-mail <a href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov" target="_blank">contactus@phoenix.gov</a>.​​<br></p><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Phoenix Neighborhood Organizations Encouraged to Join Neighborhood Notificationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/790Neighborhood Services1/15/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/790/Newsroom_NSD_0008.jpgPhoenix Neighborhood Organizations Encouraged to Join Neighborhood Notification<div class="ExternalClassCD28D4ABABA5493D85B23AE5CBB721D0"><html> <p style="text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;line-height:18px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:14px;word-spacing:0px;display:block;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;">​Looking to stay connected about neighborhood cleanups, free Neighborhood College workshops, zoning notifications and other community news?  The city’s Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) is updating its listing of neighborhood organizations.  <br></p> <p style="text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;line-height:18px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:14px;word-spacing:0px;display:block;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;">The Neighborhood Notification listing is the official list of neighborhood organizations throughout the city.  It’s a vital tool utilized by city departments to communicate with neighborhood organizations about city-sponsored events and workshops, grant opportunities, public meetings and initiatives, as well as requests for public input on various projects that may impact their community.</p> <p style="text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;line-height:18px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:14px;word-spacing:0px;display:block;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;">Neighborhood Services also uses this list to notify neighborhood leaders and organizations about free classes, to distribute the quarterly NSD newsletter and as a tool to enhance communication between your neighborhood and the city.  Besides being informed about city issues, organizations listed with the city are eligible to borrow cleanup tools for free through the department’s tooling lending program. </p> <p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);display:block;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:18px;margin-bottom:14px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">Existing listed organizations may update information by emailing new contact information to <a style="background-attachment:scroll;background-clip:border-box;background-color:transparent;background-image:none;background-origin:padding-box;background-repeat:repeat;background-size:auto;box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(154, 0, 73);text-decoration:none;transition-delay:0s;transition-duration:0.2s;transition-property:all;transition-timing-function:ease-in-out;" target="_blank">nnet.nsd@phoenix.gov</a> or by calling 602-534-4444. </p> <p style="box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);display:block;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:18px;margin-bottom:14px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">To list a neighborhood organization, download the directory form online at <a target="_blank" href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1209824/604633/14466/3/" style="background-attachment:scroll;background-clip:border-box;background-color:transparent;background-image:none;background-origin:padding-box;background-repeat:repeat;background-size:auto;box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(154, 0, 73);text-decoration:none;transition-delay:0s;transition-duration:0.2s;transition-property:all;transition-timing-function:ease-in-out;" title="NNO Directory Packet">phoenix.gov/nsdsite/Documents/nnodirectorypacket.pdf</a> and return the completed form via email to nnet.nsd@phoenix.gov or send it by U.S. mail to Phoenix City Hall, Neighborhood Services Department, 200 W. Washington St., fourth floor, Attention: Neighborhood Notification, Phoenix, AZ  85003.  Forms can be mailed upon request.</p> <p style="text-align:left;color:rgb(0, 0, 0);text-transform:none;line-height:18px;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;text-decoration:none;margin-bottom:14px;word-spacing:0px;display:block;white-space:normal;box-sizing:border-box;orphans:2;">For more information, call 602-534-4444 or visit <a href="https://phoenix.gov/nsd" style="background-attachment:scroll;background-clip:border-box;background-color:transparent;background-image:none;background-origin:padding-box;background-repeat:repeat;background-size:auto;box-sizing:border-box;color:rgb(154, 0, 73);text-decoration:none;transition-delay:0s;transition-duration:0.2s;transition-property:all;transition-timing-function:ease-in-out;" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/nsd</a>.<br></p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Phoenix's Landlord Tenant Program Moves Out of City Hallhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/719Neighborhood Services12/23/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/719/Newsroom_HSD_0007.jpgPhoenix's Landlord Tenant Program Moves Out of City Hall<div class="ExternalClassA774C4D6145E494AB635C3B14436BA30"><html> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">​Phoenix's Landlord and Tenant Program originated in Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) and has operated at City Hall for many years. The program offers counseling and educational support to residents in accordance with the Arizona Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. Services are provided in English and Spanish through one-on-one counseling, phone consultations, emails, education workshops, and outreach events. </p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">Starting on January 6, 2020, the Landlord and Tenant Program will migrate from the NSD to the ​Human Services Department to better align services within the community to help those who may be experiencing hardships. Landlord/Tenant counselors will begin working out of the Travis L. Williams Family Services Center to be more accessible to the community. The three Phoenix Family Services Centers also house eviction prevention programs and emergency funds.  </p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;">Learn more about the transition and services offered by visiting <span style="text-decoration:underline;" lang="en-US">phoenix.gov/humanservices.</span><br></p> <p style="color:rgb(0, 0, 0);font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;line-height:1.6;margin-bottom:10px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;margin-top:0px;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"> ​<span></span><br></p> <span style="display:inline !important;float:none;background-color:rgb(255, 255, 255);color:rgb(0, 0, 0);cursor:text;font-family:calibri;font-size:13.33px;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;font-weight:400;letter-spacing:normal;orphans:2;text-align:left;text-decoration:none;text-indent:0px;text-transform:none;white-space:normal;word-spacing:0px;"> </span> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Sikh American Community of Arizona Donates 550 Trees to Phoenix Neighborhoodshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/720Neighborhood Services12/23/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/720/Newsroom_NSD_0007.jpgSikh American Community of Arizona Donates 550 Trees to Phoenix Neighborhoods<div class="ExternalClassA191EB753F594D79B54F2785C699F0DD"><html> <p>​The Sikh American Community of Arizona donated 550 trees in the city of Phoenix in 2019 to commemorate the 550th Birth Anniversary of its founder, Guru Nanak Dev Ji. </p> <p>Broadway Heritage, Central Park, Garfield and Grant Park neighborhoods are the four neighborhoods selected for the project. Neighborhood leaders are engaged to lead the plantings in the neighborhood right-of-ways. The Parks and Recreation Department is also planting trees in parks in these neighborhoods.</p> <p>The four neighborhoods had their neighborhood plantings in October and December. Thank you to their leadership teams, Phoenix's Citizen Forester Program, Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Keep Phoenix Beautiful, Verizon, Hensley, Maricopa County adult probation and Job Corps for making it a huge success. A tree dedication ceremony was held in November at the Alwun House with Mayor Kate Gallego. </p> <p>If you are a part of an organization that would like to make a tree donation that can help make the city of Phoenix a more livable place or if your neighborhood is interested in organizing a tree planting, please reach out to your Neighborhood Specialist at (602) 534-4444 to get started.<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD
Give Your Input 2020-2025 Grant Planning Processhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/neighborhood-services/792Neighborhood Services11/7/2019 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/792/Newsroom_NSD_0009.jpgGive Your Input 2020-2025 Grant Planning Process<div class="ExternalClassBEF50C1096BE4D9C8DE3D4DF0302394B"><html> <p>Every five years, the city of Phoenix develops a Consolidated Plan to submit to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). </p> <p>The Consolidated Plan is a comprehensive plan for affordable housing and community development created from an assessment of the community needs and market conditions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnership, Housing Opportunities for Persons with HIV/AIDS (HOPWA), and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) programs.</p> <p>"We are asking the community to participate in the planning process by attending community meetings and providing feedback on proposed goals. Don't miss this opportunity to be involved in the City's 2020-2025 Consolidated Plan process," Neighborhood Services Department Director Spencer Self said. </p> <p>The Your City, Your Voice: Improving Your Community Over the Next 5 Years series of community meetings will be held across Phoenix to explain the grant funding sources and to give residents content for taking a survey to help voice goals through a public survey. To learn more, visit <a target="_blank" href="/nsd"><span style="text-decoration:underline;" lang="en-US">Phoenix.gov/NSD</span></a> for future updates.<br></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/nsdNewsneighborhood-servicesNSD



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