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Phoenix City Council Requests Public Input To Address Homelessness Plan

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Phoenix City Council Requests Public Input on

City's Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan

During the June 23 Policy Session, Phoenix City Council (video) requested public input on the city's proposed Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan (English PDF)(Spanish PDF) that focuses on service priorities and sustainable solutions for both those experiencing homelessness and the community impacted by encampments. 

We need your help! While a draft plan was approved, now is when the work begins. This page is designed to get your feedback on the proposed strategies and commitment to help make this plan a reality.  

Take one of the online surveys below. The surveys will be open through Aug. 28, 2020. 

Survey on proposed Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan- English/Spanish  

Survey for those currently experiencing homelessness - English/Spanish

Note when you submit an email it falls under the city's policy which states that the email message is: (1) subject to public disclosure under the Public Records Law, (2) is not private or confidential and (3) is retained for 90 days. 

Upon request the Strategies of Address Homelessness Plan and surveys  publication be made available in alternate formats to accommodate a person with a disability if given reasonable advance notice. Please contact Tamra Ingersoll at 602-534-6648.

Homelessness Camp

Welcome

In January 2020, the annual Point-in-Time (PIT) Count (PDF) was performed across Maricopa County. This annual street and shelter count is an effort to learn more about the individuals and families experiencing homelessness in the county.

This year 7,419 people experiencing homelessness were counted. Of those, 51 percent were unsheltered. The unsheltered count has been steadily increasing over the years. From 2019-20 the unsheltered count increased 18 percent at a higher rate than the sheltered and overall PIT counts. 

The city of Phoenix is part of the Maricopa Regional Continuum of Care (CoC). The CoC Board is the decision-making body for the Continuum of Care. Members of the Board include local officials, service provider agencies, formerly homeless individuals, and advocates. The Board addresses regional issues relating to homelessness and approves the annual application for homeless assistance funding to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and addresses regional issues relating to homelessness. Aligned with the goals of HUD’s Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act, the Board works toward ending homelessness by focusing on rapid transition to housing solutions.


Community Meeting Dates

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Meeting, Event Link. 

Registration is required. If you have comments or questions, please leave those in comment section of the Registration. 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 actual WebEx event. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Bilingual Virtual Meeting, Event Link. 

Registration is required. If you have comments or questions, please leave those in comment section of the Registration. 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 actual WebEx event. 
Se requiere registro. Si tiene comentarios o preguntas, déjelas en la sección de comentarios del Registro. Durante la reunión real de WebEx, intentaremos abordar estos comentarios / preguntas. Si el tiempo lo permite, y después de que se hayan abordado los comentarios / preguntas por escrito, puede solicitar hablar utilizando la función de chat durante el evento WebEx real. 

Monday, August 17, 2020, 5:30 p.m. Virtual Meeting, Event Link. 

Registration is required. If you have comments or questions, please leave those in comment section of the Registration. 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 actual WebEx event. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 12:00 p.m. Virtual Meeting, Event Link. 

Registration is required. If you have comments or questions, please leave those in comment section of the Registration. 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 actual WebEx event. 

Family

History

The city of Phoenix has invested in preventing and ending homelessness since 1982 when urban camps emerged in the downtown area.

In the spring of 1985, the Phoenix City Council approved the development of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), the first emergency shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness at 12th Ave. and Madison St.

Two decades later, the Human Services Campus(HSC), a $23 million non-profit, private, government and community collaboration that provides wrap-around services for adults experiencing homelessness, was built on the 10-acres surrounding CASS. The founding members of the HSC collaboration intended the downtown location to be one of many across the region. 

Today, the downtown location remains the largest access point for homeless services and hosts nearly 20 independent agencies that offer a range of services. CASS remains the largest emergency shelter in Arizona. 

Recently, the HSC submitted a special permit rezoning request to add additional beds and expand the boundaries of the campus. The expansion area includes Andre House, to allow for a low barrier shelter. HSC has had several neighborhood meetings related to this request. The rezoning request has not been scheduled for public hearings yet. 

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Comments: We Welcome Public Input

Take one of the online surveys below. The surveys will be open through Aug. 28, 2020.

Survey on proposed Strategies to Address Homelessness Plan- English/Spanish

Survey for those currently experiencing homelessness - English/Spanish

• Call us at 602-534-8347
• Email the Human Services Department

Note when you submit an email it falls under the city's policy which states that the email message is: (1) subject to public disclosure under the Public Records Law, (2) is not private or confidential and (3) is retained for 90 days. 

Upon request the Strategies of Address Homelessness Plan and surveys  publication be made available in alternate formats to accommodate a person with a disability if given reasonable advance notice. Please contact Tamra Ingersoll at 602-534-6648.



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