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Housing 🏠 Phoenix plans for combatting homelessness

luckless pedestrian

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Any thoughts from phoenix folks on this?

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Outreach and resources​

Goal: "To connect those experiencing homelessness to outreach and resources to assist in resolving their homelessness."

Strategies:
  • Fund dedicated mental health outreach teams.
  • Coordinate a bi-annual resource day for homeless LGBTQ+ community.
  • Work with school districts to identify families on the brink of homelessness and connect them with appropriate services.
  • Provide funding to relocate and transitionally house veterans and support the U.S. Vets program.

Mental health​

Goal: "Connect individuals experiencing homelessness to affordable and appropriate behavioral health and substance abuse services."

Strategies:
  • Support the Arizona Department of Housing’s initiative to renovate the Birch Building on the Arizona State Hospital grounds to provide approximately 50 units of transitional shelter for people experiencing homelessness with mental health conditions.
  • Provide a service resource navigator near the Municipal Court arraignment courtrooms to speak with individuals appearing for arraignment who could benefit from homeless, substance abuse or general mental health resources.
  • Advocate for Medicaid to allow funding to be used for mental health facilities with more than 16 beds.

Workforce development​

Goal: "Increase employment and economic opportunities for job seekers experiencing homelessness."

Strategies:
  • Provide career and work readiness services to individuals experiencing homelessness through a Workforce Development Specialist in the Homeless Services Division.
  • Increase the economic security for individuals experiencing homelessness through employment opportunities, education, training, and supportive services.

Eviction protection​

Goal: "Prevent the loss of housing through eviction prevention."

Strategies:

Partner with the Arizona Department of Housing to utilize its rent assistance funds for Phoenix residents.
  • Work with federal partners and advocacy groups to include more low- to moderate-income families and individuals in eviction protection programs.

Permanent supportive housing​

Goal: "Expand options and efficiently utilize Permanent Supportive Housing opportunities for persons experiencing homelessness."

Strategies:
  • Pressure the Arizona Veterans Administration to provide additional referrals to fill unused veteran housing vouchers.
  • Encourage more landlords to participate in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program by streamlining contract processes, inspections, notifications and payments to landlords.

Affordable housing​

Goal: Increase the availability of housing for Phoenix residents at all income levels by implementing the nine strategies in the Housing Phoenix Plan to create or preserve 50,000 housing units by 2030.

Strategies:
  • Redevelop city-owned land for affordable housing.
  • Find alternative funding sources for affordable housing.
  • Debunk myths about affordable housing and people who need subsidized housing.
  • Reduce barriers for developers to construct affordable housing.

Encampment cleanups​

Goal: "Maintain a healthy and safe environment in public right-of-way including streets, alleyways, parks and parks preserves."

Strategies:
  • Hire additional staff to focus efforts on biohazard cleanup.
  • Contract a private vendor to work with Human Services Campus for weekly cleanups.
  • Research and identify partnerships for homeless rehabilitation/ticket/restitution program that helps with cleanups.
  • Hire permanent staff to take on coordination and reporting roles for the cleanup effort.

Neighborhoods​

Goal: "More effectively engage neighborhoods to identify the issues they are experiencing and develop solutions."

Strategies:
  • Provide clear, easy-to-follow instructions for requesting help from multiple city departments.
  • Use data to determine hot spots for encampments and other issues to directly engage with impacted neighborhoods.
  • Continue to implement and evaluate the Gated Alley Program Pilot.
  • Explore partnership opportunities to address public restrooms and waste receptacles in supportive neighborhoods.
 

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Sounds like good stuff to me. I think most of the homeless problem is either a lack of beds or mental health. Fix some of that and we start fixing the problem. Affordable housing and removing development barriers is another one. In Phoenix it's just more profitable and less hassle to build market rate.
 

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Your plan looks good.

We've been trying to figure out a plan in our greater community, but we have some internal hurdles to overcome first.
 

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Your plan looks good.

We've been trying to figure out a plan in our greater community, but we have some internal hurdles to overcome first.

Oh that's not my plan - I cut and pasted Phoenix's - just curious how it's going as we have a massive (in relation to our population) homelessness issue, not unlike any other city
 

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Oh that's not my plan - I cut and pasted Phoenix's - just curious how it's going as we have a massive (in relation to our population) homelessness issue, not unlike any other city
We are currently stuck on a 'fairness' issue at a County level - as in we 'want' to do it, but not until the other jurisdictions in the county agree to help fund it.

It's a political hurdle, really.
 
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We are currently stuck on a 'fairness' issue at a County level - as in we 'want' to do it, but not until the other jurisdictions in the county agree to help fund it.

It's a politic hurdle, really.

exactly - we have video of abutting communities bringing people experiencing homelessness at out borders, on the bridge, outside of city hall - it's disturbing
 
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The Phoenix metro actually has some decent programs. They learned to partner with each other and use CASS (county services) as a central hub. So all the non profits and cities work together. I don't think we're making any progress, but at least there's a plan.
That's exactly what my relatives with winter homes in Maricopa County have said. Due to Covid-19 dangers, and the enormity of Covid-related public expenditures, the programs did not appear to make much progress in 2020 or January, 2021.
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January, 2021
COVID-19 cancels annual count of people experiencing homelessness in metro Phoenix

Homelessness has likely increased in Maricopa County in the past year. It has consistently increased for the past three years, and the economic consequences of COVID-19 have likely exacerbated this year's increase.

But without a Point-in-Time Count, the region likely won't know COVID-19's true impact on homelessness for another year.
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March 3, 2021
Arizona receives more than $8M in federal funds to combat homelessness
(Just anecdotally) I've heard much grumbling that the $8M is woefully inadequate for the whole state.


February 28, 2021

Phoenix could get new homeless shelters. Here's where and what they might look like
In February, the Phoenix City Council voted to set aside $14 million in federal funds to purchase or improve up to four homeless shelters.

This is the first substantial financial commitment for new homeless shelters in recent years.


March 24, 2021
New housing facility and treatment center in Sunnyslope [Phoenix] prioritize veterans
Native American Connections opened Dunlap Pointe, a 54-unit permanent supportive housing community, and Patina Mountain Preserve, a 55-bed addiction recovery center, in Sunnyslope earlier this month.

The two facilities are located on a single campus, which will allow people experiencing homelessness and struggling with addiction to use both programs to find long-term stability.
 
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