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PHX CARES HOW IT WORKS1657 Assets/How It Works Slider.jpgPHX CARES HOW IT WORKS 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 1658 Assets/Working Together Slider.jpgWORKING TOGETHER 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



Leading With Services, Phoenix Brings Resources to Homeless During Community Clean Up Services2/6/2020 4:00:00 PM 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>
City of Phoenix Joins Operation: Feed the Need and Hosts a Drive-Thru Food Box Event Services9/10/2020 7:00:00 PM 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"></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"></a>. <br></p> </html></div>
City of Phoenix Provides Free Tax Preparation Help Services4/1/2019 4:00:00 PM of Phoenix Provides Free Tax Preparation Help<div class="ExternalClass7A6032DDEE13485FB0A0F0EDD97CA9EC"><html> <p>​<span style="color:windowtext;font-size:16px;background-color:window;">It's that time of the year again! Tax season.</span></p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Each tax season, the city of Phoenix's Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) campaign helps working families who earned less than $55,000 in 2018 with free tax preparation and filing services. </p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Seventeen primary sites, located in Phoenix, are offering free tax preparation and filing services from Monday, January 28 through Monday, April 15, including Saturdays. A list of Phoenix sites, with hours and days of operation, is available at It is important to note that hours and days of operation vary for different locations.</p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">In addition, the city of Phoenix Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has two alternatives for filing taxes for those meeting eligibility requirements.  This will allow Phoenix residents to save hundreds of dollars in paid preparer fees while using free services that ensure all taxpayer's income, deductions and allowable credits are claimed. </p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Phoenix residents making less than $66,000 a year can use a self-paced, step-by-step guidance to file tax returns online for free.  </p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">Additionally, debuting this year is the "Do it Yourself" Facilitated Self Assistance service. This has no income limitations and lets Phoenix residents use VITA center computers and online tax preparation software. While using the computers, residents are able to get in-person assistance from trained volunteers.</p> <p style="line-height:18px;font-size:16px;margin-bottom:14px;box-sizing:border-box;">For more information about any of these programs or for a list of the EITC site locations and hours of operation, visit ​</p> </html></div>
City of Phoenix to Host Four Virtual Community Meetings on Proposed Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan Services8/11/2020 4:00:00 PM of Phoenix to Host Four Virtual Community Meetings on Proposed Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan <div class="ExternalClassACDF9153383347CBB4AA1CA9B0EAFA01"><html> <p>​The public is invited to attend an upcoming virtual community meeting to discuss the proposed Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan <a href="/humanservicessite/Documents/Final%20Report_Homeless%20Strategies_061820_52.pdf" target="_blank">(English PDF)</a> <a href="/humanservicessite/Documents/Spanish%20Translation%20Report_Homeless%20Strategies.pdf" target="_blank">(Spanish PDF)</a> that focuses on service priorities and sustainable solutions for both those experiencing homelessness and the community impacted by encampments. Much of the information being presented during these meetings, including background and history of the city's efforts to address homelessness, can be found at <a href="/humanservices/homelesshelp" target="_blank"></a>. </p> <p> <strong>Meeting Dates/Times:</strong> <br> </p> <ul> <li>Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Meeting. </li> <li>Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Bilingual Virtual Meeting. </li> <li>Monday, August 17, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Meeting. </li> <li>Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting. </li> </ul> <p>Registration is required for all virtual meetings. If you have comments or questions, please leave those in the comments section of the registration form. During the actual WebEx meeting, we will try to address these comments/questions. If time allows, and after the written comments/questions have been addressed, you can request to speak by using the chat function during the live WebEx event. To register for the meetings, visit <a href="/humanservices/homelesshelp" target="_blank"></a>. <br><br></p> </html></div>

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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