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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
Summer Youth Employment Programs Secures Donationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/517Human Services7/29/2019 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/517/Newsroom_HSD_05.jpgSummer Youth Employment Programs Secures Donations<div class="ExternalClassDABF547F6D56420BB2A4E6831FDA3636"><html> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">​This summer, 134 youths in Phoenix worked summer jobs in high-demand business sectors across Phoenix as part of the Phoenix Youth Reach and Invest in Summer Employment (RISE) program.<br></p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">RISE works with businesses to develop functional internship program opportunities for young adults, by connecting interested businesses with intern candidates. The city of Phoenix, through its General Purpose Fund, pays wages for youth internships. The city allocates $250,000 annually for this program. Additional community support allows more youth to participate in the summer program. This past summer, city funds covered wages for 80 youth while community partners supported 54 additional youth during the 200-hour internship commitment and providing short-term summer employment opportunities for participants that match their interests.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">“It's a mutual investment by companies and the city to build a future workforce," said Mary Alejandro, liaison for Phoenix's Workforce Development youth programs.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">The program helps youth with little or no professional background gain work-based learning. The program also helps to build a sustainable infrastructure to employ, educate, and support generations to come.</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">At the end program celebration with this year's participants, two local banks announced funding support to continue the program. The JPMorgan Chase Foundation made a $150,000 investment into RISE and Pacific Premier Bank gave $15,000. </p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;"> “RISE is helping Phoenix's youth prepare for jobs in high-demand sectors and is providing valuable career-focused education and meaningful work experiences," said Megan Ackaert, a Region Manager for the Commercial Bank for JPMorgan Chase. “We're extremely proud to support the summer job program for the second year in a row and we're grateful to the city of Phoenix and the employers for their commitment to the program."</p> <p style="margin:0px 0px 10px;color:rgb(68, 68, 68);line-height:1.6;font-family:"segoe ui", segoe, tahoma, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;font-size:13px;">Recruitment for RISE begins in March each year. In 2019, nearly 450 youth applied for the program. Participants that meet the program requirements are randomly selected to move forward to readiness workshops and on to the summer internship. More information on the program can be found at <a target="_blank" href="http://phoenix.gov/econdev/arizona-at-work/youthprograms">Phoenix.gov/econdev/arizona-at-work/youthprograms</a>.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/humanservicesNewshuman-services
Financial, Housing Independence Key to Escaping Domsetic Violencehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/human-services/891Human Services1/31/2020 3:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/891/Newsroom_HSD_0008-web.jpgFinancial, Housing Independence Key to Escaping Domsetic Violence<div class="ExternalClass10C8D47580A741FA83A24297EA844798"><html> <p>Phoenix Victim Advocates will tell you a day at the Family Advocacy Center is more than a job, it's a calling.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>Their passion is to assist victims from the moment they walk through the doors with information, trauma-informed support and resources, and to assist with healing from victimization is the true reward. </p> <p>“Recently, one of our Victim Advocates began working with a woman that was living with her boyfriend who was abusive," Deputy Human Services Director and Family Advocacy Center Director Erin Yabu explains. <br></p> <p>The city employee not only provided emotional support, she helped the victim execute her safety plan to leave the relationship, file a protective order and worked with the victim to exercise her rights to end the lease she shared with her boyfriend. <br></p> <p>“We find many times a barrier for leaving an abusive relationship is the fear of financial obligation for rent," Yabu said. “In the state of Arizona a tenant can terminate their lease early without penalty or require a landlord to change the locks to the home if the tenant is a victim of domestic violence." <br></p> <p>The lease termination must be done in two steps. The tenant must provide the landlord written notice requesting termination of the rental agreement on a date that both you and the landlord agree upon.  This must be within the next 30 days, and it must include a copy of a protective order that has been issued based on domestic violence or sexual assault, or a copy of a police report that states you reported to law enforcement that you were a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault.<br></p> <p>The city of Phoenix Human Services Department is also home to the only free landlord and tenant counseling program in Arizona. 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 community outreach events.<br></p> <p>To learn more about both of these Human Services Department services visit Phoenix.gov/HumanServices. ​<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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