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PHX CARES HOW IT WORKS1657https://www.phoenix.gov/Media Assets/How It Works Slider.jpgPHX CARES HOW IT WORKShttps://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicessite/Documents/How%20It%20Works.pdfhttps://www.phoenix.gov/Media Assets/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=1657 ​PHX C.A.R.E.S. is a coordinated response to work with neighborhoods and individuals experiencing homelessness to educate and focus on solutions. Download and see how PHX C.A.R.E.S. works. <div class="ExternalClass1F30CB0E173446DDA324360967B6E3FA"><p>​PHX C.A.R.E.S. is a coordinated response to work with neighborhoods and individuals experiencing homelessness to educate and focus on solutions. Download and see how PHX C.A.R.E.S. works. <br></p></div>0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007F80A03ACE71234A93E8BBD7B87318C1Image
WORKING TOGETHER 1658https://www.phoenix.gov/Media Assets/Working Together Slider.jpgWORKING TOGETHER https://www.phoenix.gov/nsd/programs/cleanups-and-tool-lendinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/Media Assets/Forms/DispForm.aspx?ID=1658 Did you know there are city programs here to help organize and connect neighbors? From connecting neighbors for community meetings to organizing neighborhood cleanups, there is help to beautify your neighborhoods and to increase the sense of community. ​ <div class="ExternalClass46B6A46A1D9C4CA6BBA5B75F39081557"><p>Did you know there are city programs here to help organize and connect neighbors?  From connecting neighbors for community meetings to organizing neighborhood cleanups, there is help to beautify your neighborhoods and to increase the sense of community. ​<br></p></div>0x0101009148F5A04DDD49CBA7127AADA5FB792B00AADE34325A8B49CDA8BB4DB53328F214007F80A03ACE71234A93E8BBD7B87318C1Image

 

 

Heat Relief Efforts Adapt as COVID-19 Restrictions Remain in Placehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/1172Human Services4/28/2020 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1172/Newsroom_HSD_0012.jpgHeat Relief Efforts Adapt as COVID-19 Restrictions Remain in Place<div class="ExternalClassA51D3CD2A1B942B7A74358C59FECE17D"><html> <p>​Record heat has arrived in Phoenix. Heat can be dangerous, and when temperatures are above 100 degrees, it is important for everyone to stay cool and stay hydrated. Coupled with the public health concerns brought on by the COVID-19 health emergency (coronavirus), staying informed about the resources available to be heat ready is essential. </p> <p>Due to the coronavirus, many of the regional hydration stations and heat relief centers that would normally be in operation are not open, due to concerns about social distancing. Heat relief will be available at<a target="_blank" href="https://azmag.gov/Portals/0/Salvation-Army-Heat-Relief-and-Hydration-Stations.pdf"> 12 Salvation Army centers across Maricopa County​</a>. The organization's emergency heat relief stations are available to anyone in need of assistance cooling down. Additionally, Phoenix's Human Services Department (HSD) will also continue purchasing water and distributing it to community-based providers that work with vulnerable populations like the homeless and seniors. <br></p> <p>“With the early start to high temperatures, we want to make sure water is available to the communities that need it most. Due to the state's stay-at-home order, city buildings usually open to distribute water and provide cool spaces on hot days are still closed, so making sure the people working with those in need have the water to hand out is  crucial," Tamyra Spendley, HSD's Deputy Director said. <br></p> <p>Last year, the city distributed over 500,000 bottles of water. It is through donations of funds that the city purchases and hands out water. Given the already urgent need for water, the city has already purchased 26 pallets of water to distribute through 35 community-based organizations. </p> <p>To make a tax-deductible cash donation for water please call 602-677-6055.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-services
Senior Centers Still Providing Crucial Services Despite Temporary Closureshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/1126Human Services4/9/2020 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1126/Newsroom_HSD_0011.jpghttps://youtu.be/8WFtl_ciSV0Senior Centers Still Providing Crucial Services Despite Temporary Closures<div class="ExternalClassB5D0F058F1D349F0B083E7FF8BA68AAD"><html> <p></p><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">In response to COVID-19 (coronavirus), the city has taken proactive measures to help stop the spread by promoting social distancing by through suspending programs and closing some of its facilities. </span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Because older adults are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because of underlying medical conditions, all 15 Phoenix senior centers have been temporarily closed. However, the health and well-being of Phoenix senior residents continues to be a top priority. </span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Nearly 6,000 seniors rely on the connectivity and services of our senior centers,” Human Services Department (HSD) Deputy Director Susan Hallett explains. “While the importance of social distancing is crucial in stopping the spread and keeping Phoenix healthy, supporting our seniors to ensure they have what the need physically and emotionally is equally important.” </span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Although the centers may be temporarily closed, HSD staff is hard at work behind the scenes making sure that senior residents in Phoenix have access to food and familiar staff to help them through these trying times. </span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Each week, senior center members that were receiving meals on-site at the centers have frozen meals, fruit and milk delivered to the front door of their homes by Selrico Services Inc., a city food vendor. </span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Ramon Torres has been a senior center participant for more than a decade. He said although he greatly misses his friends at the center, the meal service is helping him make it through this rough time. <a target="_blank" href="/newsroom/human-services/1126">Watch as PHXTV shows how the home delivery food service is being provided to Phoenix seniors. </a></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Additionally, staff at all 15 Phoenix senior centers are keeping in contact with members weekly to make sure they are emotionally supported, by calling members who were registered at each site. The extra effort has drawn praise from participants, who appreciate the connection. One member, Inge Fleischer, took a moment to share her thanks and thoughts with her center staff. </span></div><blockquote style="font-size:13.3333px;margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><em>“Thank you so much for reaching out to me during this difficult time.  I am still doing well, have been isolated for the past few weeks and so is my family.  We are strictly abiding by the rules and it seems to work.  I was able to run to Fry's for food and toilet paper once or twice and straight back home.  At least I have food here in isolation.  Watching the news every day makes me thankful to be alive and I am very happy to be retired at this time.  I feel for all the people who have lost their jobs during this pandemic and no work is to be found.  Not to mention all the people who have lost their loved ones to the virus.  It is a tragedy. I am so thankful to have met you and for the Senior Center.  It helps to put a smile on my face to feel that someone really cares about us oldies.  You are Amazing!!!! I wish you and your family the Best of Health and I look forward to the day when we can all meet again at the Senior Center.”</em></span></blockquote><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;"><br></span></div><div style="font-size:13.3333px;"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The city of Phoenix has developed a list of resources available to residents and businesses for help. Visit the <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/Resources">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 target="_blank" href="mailto:contactus@phoenix.gov">contactus@phoenix.gov​</a>.​</span></div>​ <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesVideohuman-services
Leading With Services, Phoenix Brings Resources to Homeless During Community Clean Uphttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/920Human Services2/6/2020 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/920/Newsroom_HSD_0010.jpgLeading With Services, Phoenix Brings Resources to Homeless During Community Clean Up<div class="ExternalClassFAFC9D61FD134161A83003FE6101C815"><html> <div>​In an effort to help those experiencing homelessness get connected with much-needed services, the city of Phoenix started a three-day, multi-agency outreach effort around the nonprofit Human Services Campus Wednesday morning. </div><div> </div><div>Six community nonprofits joined the city in the three-day campaign, providing a variety of resources directly to people who had been staying on the street near the campus, at the intersection of 11th Avenue and Madison Street. </div><div> </div><div>Social workers and other workers trained in homeless outreach offered shelter services, and resources meant to target some of the causes of homelessness, including treatment for drug and alcohol abuse, mental health counseling and resources, and referrals to crisis response units for urgent health and safety needs. Workers also shared information on programs specific for women and families, and displaced veterans. It's that array of services and programs that proves most effective in helping those in need, according to Tamyra Spendley, a Deputy Director with Phoenix's Human Services Department.</div><div> </div><div> “As we see the homeless population increase across the nation, it is most important to remember the solution comes only with everyone working together," Spendley noted.  “We combined the engagement outreach to begin with the weekly cleanup the city does around the campus."   </div><div> </div><div>Coordinated outreach efforts like these are part of a citywide approach to helping people experiencing homelessness, and neighborhoods throughout Phoenix where facilities like the Homeless Services Campus do not exist. PHX C.A.R.E.S. focuses on addressing homelessness by using resources from departments throughout the city to provide direct services to individuals, support for neighborhoods and clean up assistance where necessary. The single point of contact helps the city to streamline its response, and better track how the multiple departments' services are being used.</div><div> </div><div>Through the course of Wednesday morning's cleanup and engagement, outreach teams were able to contact 84 people and were able to successfully place 12 individuals, including two seniors, in temporary housing – a crucial first step to addressing long-term homelessness.  Outreach efforts to connect homeless individuals to services will continue through Friday evening.</div><div> </div><div>For years, the city of Phoenix Police and Streets Transportation departments have conducted a coordinated cleanup of the area outside the Human Services Campus on Wednesday mornings. On average, the city's Street Transportation Department removes 2.31 tons of items from the roadways and sidewalks during the weekly cleanup.  </div><div> </div><div>“It has gotten worse over the last three months, so it is really a great thing to see the city out here," Ian Francis, a business owner near the Human Services Campus said.  </div><div> </div><div>The nonprofit Human Services Campus is a 10-acre homelessness services facility located between the downtown core and the Arizona State Capitol Mall that was opened in 2005 to bring nonprofits and providers together in a homeless services campus.</div><div> </div><div>“Even though the Human Services Campus is the largest concentration of service providers for those experiencing homelessness, it is only by cities working together regionally that we can meet the needs and assist in the change," Spendley said. </div><div> </div><div>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="/atyourservice">submit a request online​</a>.</div></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-services
City of Phoenix Joins Operation: Feed the Need and Hosts a Drive-Thru Food Box Eventhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/1497Human Services9/10/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1497/Newsroom_HSD_0015.jpgCity of Phoenix Joins Operation: Feed the Need and Hosts a Drive-Thru Food Box Event<div class="ExternalClass5B7EA0EA6FB1494DB150C5E0D3B2FE20"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The city of Phoenix announced they will join the Salvation Army in hosting an Operation: Feed the Need drive-thru food box distribution event on Saturday, Sept. 12 in west Phoenix.</span></p> <p>The city approved $5 million in available Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding to be given to agencies offering food assistance support in Phoenix. The Salvation Army is one of the entities that received some of these funds to help meet the need in Phoenix neighborhoods. </p> <p>“West Phoenix includes many of our neighborhoods most impacted by COVID-19, and we depend on the help of our partners to meet the community where they are. It is a top priority of the City of Phoenix to provide food assistance to families. Through partnerships with food banks, schools, non-profits, health centers, and other community partners we have been able to serve our residents when it matters most," said Mayor Kate Gallego.</p> <p>Operation: Feed the Need was created by the Salvation Army to help people in times of crisis have access to food for their families. With funds from the city, food boxes will be distributed at the American Family Fields of Phoenix at 51<sup>st </sup>Ave. and Whitton avenues beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. </p> <p>Residents can drive through the parking lot and by presenting a government-issued photo identification with a Phoenix address can receive a box of food. </p> <p>More information about other programs and funds available to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic are available at <a href="/resources" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/resources</a>. To see the breakdown of the $293 million in CARES Act funding received by the city of Phoenix, visit <a href="/covidrelief" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/COVIDRelief</a>. <br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-services

About PHX C.A.R.E.S.

PHX C.A.R.E.S. is a coordinated response to work with neighborhoods and individuals experiencing homelessness to educate and focus on solutions. ​​

How it Helps the Homeless

​For those experiencing homelessness, PHX C.A.R.E.S. sends trained outreach teams, who take the time to build rapport and trust with people on the street, to encourage them to accept the services and resources that are offered to help end their homelessness.

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How it Helps Neighborhoods and Businesses​

PHX C.A.R.E.S. also unifies city resources and community partners to respond to the impacted neighborhood and business with services and education. 

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